Green Ridge State Forest
Green Ridge is the second largest of Maryland's State Forests consisting of a 44,000-acre oak-hickory forest. Magnificent views of the surrounding landscape can be seen from Point Lookout, Banners, Logroll, Warrier Mountain and No Name Overlooks.
Green Ridge is the second largest of Maryland's State Forests consisting of a 46,000-acre oak-hickory forest. It is located in eastern Allegany County, approximately eight miles east of Flintstone off I-68 at Exit 64.
The forest is located in the Ridge and Valley Province of the Allegheny Mountain chain. The average annual precipitation is 36 inches, the lowest in the state. Town Hill, Green Ridge and Polish Mountains elevation varies from 475 feet at the Potomac River to 2,039 feet on Town Hill. Magnificent views of the surrounding landscape can be seen from Point Lookout, Banners, Logroll, Warrior Mountain and No Name Overlooks. Rich in history, the forest was once the site for the Carroll Furnace, originally built as part of a steam powered saw mill in the 1830s.
Bond's Landing is the focal point for boating and canoeing within Green Ridge State Forest. A boat ramp provides easy access to the Potomac River.
Green Ridge State Forest offers a permanent 12-mile mountain bike trail. For intermediate to advanced riders this challenging trail has steady climbs, fast down hills and is just technical enough. For you flatlanders, four easy outs have been located throughout the trail, which offers weary riders a more moderate ride back to the trailhead. The Green Ridge Mountain Bike Trail map may be obtained from the forest headquarters.
Biking is also permitted on all roads located within the forest, most of the hiking trail and on the C&O Canal Towpath, which borders the south side of the forest.
A self-guided fall color driving tour has been designated to showcase the fall colors of scenic Western Maryland. For added enjoyment, you may want to bring along binoculars, camera and field guide. For a detailed trip description, visit http://www.dnr.state.md.us/fallfoliage.asp.
Green Ridge offers 100 designated primitive campsites located throughout 46,000 acres. Group sites as well as sites located along the Potomac River and along the off-road vehicle trail are available. Pets are permitted in the forest on a leash. Camping permits may be obtained from Green Ridge State Forest headquarters.
Camping is year round. You will need to self register outside of the office after closing. Many of the dirt roads do not get plowed, so be aware of road conditions before starting back into the forest.
Fishing areas within the forest include the Potomac River, White Sulphur and Orchard ponds, Town Creek, 15-Mile Creek and Sideling Hill Creek. The creeks and ponds are stocked with trout each spring. Town Creek offers two delayed harvest areas in which anglers can challenge themselves. The Special Trout Management Areas Western Maryland brochure provides further information, exact locations and is available at the forest headquarters. A Maryland Anglers License is required for those 16 years of age and older.
The Green Ridge hiking trail is a 24-mile linear trail divided into sections that provides hikers with four separate day-hike options or overnight backpacking opportunities. The entire trail is blazed with white paint. For backpackers four Adirondack shelters have been placed along the trail at approximately eight-mile intervals. Maps, guides and backcountry permits are available at the forest headquarters.
Rich in history, the forest was once the site for the Carroll Furnace, originally built as part of a steam powered saw mill in the 1830s.
There are no designated horse trails on the state forest and horses are not allowed on the designated hiking and biking trails. However, horseback riding is allowed on the unimproved (dirt) public roads. Furthermore, we have two campsites that we indicate as horse sites because they are large enough for campers with horses. However, there is not a water source at any of the sites.
Hunting is the most popular recreational activity that occurs in the forest. The forest is noted for its population of white-tailed deer, wild turkey and squirrel. Other game animals are ruffed grouse, rabbit, quail woodcock, red fox and grey fox. Hunting is permitted during all seasons.
The 12-bench, 25-100 yard shooting range provides a safe, legal area for target shooting. The Green Ridge range is fully accessible and is open Wednesday-Saturday 10 a.m. to sunset, Sunday noon to sunset, and Monday from 10 a.m. to sunset. The range is closed on Tuesdays. Daily or annual permits are required and may be obtained from the headquarter. No automatic weapons permitted.
Green Ridge State Forest offers a hunting program and accessible shooting range for wheelchairs.
Picnic tables are located throughout the State Forest.
Please contact the park for information on winter sports.
The forest is located in eastern Allegany County, about 22 miles east of Cumberland, off I-68 at Exit 64.
From Washington, D.C./Baltimore: (Travel time approximately 2 hours.) Take I-70 west to I-68 west. Take exit #64 (M.V. Smith Road). Make a right onto M.V. Smith Road. The Headquarters Drive is on the right after crossing I-68.
From Pittsburgh: (Travel time approximately 3 1/2 hours.) Take I-79 to I-68 east. Take exit #64 (M.V. Smith Road). Take a right onto M.V. Smith Road. The Headquarters Drive is immediately on the right.