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Green Ridge State Forest: Stafford-East Valley Roads Loop

Western Region

Directions & Trail Description

Location: In eastern Allegany County, about 22 miles east of Cumberland

Location: In eastern Allegany County, about 22 miles east of Cumberland, off I-68 at Exit 64.

Trail Length & Configuration: 9 mile or 18 mile loop trail designated for ORV's.

Terrain & Surface: Dirt, rock, gravel and clay make up the surface of these roads.

Technical Difficulty: Easy to moderate due to demanding hill climbs.

Elevation change: About 500 feet.

Caution: Off-road motorized vehicle traffic. Deer hunting during designated season. Bring insect repellent-buggy in early summer.




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Green Ridge Off Road Vehicle Trail Map

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To reach Forest Visitors Center: Take I-70 West. Get on I-68 West. Take Exit 64 to M.V.Smith Road South. The next right turn is Forest Court leading to the visitors' center.

Directions to ORV trail: From I-68 take exit 62. Travel Fifteen Mile Creek Road south. Go straight at the Green Ridge Road/Fifteen Mile Road Intersection. Follow Green Ridge Road to Mertens Avenue. Turn left onto Mertens Avenue. Follow Mertens to East Valley Road (parking spots available on East Valley).


General Description:

As one of Maryland's largest state forests, Green Ridge offers exciting recreation opportunities in an undeveloped, wild setting. Located in the Ridge and Valley province of the Alleghany Mountain chain. The forest's 44,000 acres are shaded by white pine, oak and hickory trees.

The Green Ridge State Forest trail system has a varied terrain that can get very rugged. Twenty-four miles of lung-busting, heart-in-your-mouth single track trails and miles of leg-pumping forest roads trace narrow ridges and stream valleys exposing you to steep elevation changes, stream crossings and breathtaking views of protected wilderness and the Potomac River. This region is very dry, so the riding is almost year-round.

Biking is also permitted on all roads located within the forest, the "Ridge" Mountain Bike Trail, most of the hiking trails and on the historic C&O Canal Towpath, which borders the south side of the forest. (see Historical Note below).


The Trails :

Stafford-East Valley Roads Loop
An 18 mile loop trail. You can make this a 9 mile loop using Mertens Avenue as the southern end of the loop. Dirt, rock, gravel and clay make up the surface of these roads. Stafford road is a well-maintained dirt road and East Valley Road is a more rugged double-rack Jeep road closed to motorized vehicle traffic.

The terrain consists of rolling hills through the hardwood forest of East Valley with a climb to the top of Town Hill. Riders in good physical condition can make it to the top. Some will need to hike-a-bike up. Take a break at the two designated overlooks when you reach the top and ride along the ridge top. Enjoy the view from the overlooks of the Potomac River as it winds through the valley at the base of Town Hill. Visitors will pass the highest point in Green Ridge State Forest along this trail.


Historical Note:

While you are in the area visit the C&O Canal National Historical Park which adjoins the forest along the Potomac River. Stretching 184.5 miles along the Potomac River between Washington, D.C. and Cumberland, Maryland, the Chesapeake and Ohio Canal National Historical Park preserves remains of America's colorful canal era. For nearly a century, the C&O Canal was the lifeline for communities and businesses along the Potomac, as coal, lumber, grain, and other agricultural products gently floated down the canal to market.

Hiking and biking along the towpath are excellent ways to see the park. The canal's towpath provides a nearly level, even hard-packed dirt trail trail through the spectacular scenery of the Potomac River Valley. The towpath can be very muddy following heavy rain. Bicyclists should carry tools for repairs.



For more information:

Green Ridge State Forest:
28700 Headquarters Dr, NE
Flintstone, MD 21530

Phone: (301) 478-3124
TTY: (301) 974-3863
Website: Green Ridge State Forest


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