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Margraff Plantation Trails

Savage River State Forest Mountain Biking
Western Region, Maryland

Directions & description

Location: 3 hours west of Baltimore and Washington, D.C., 2 hours from Pittsburgh, PA. 10 miles southwest of Grantsville, MD, in the Savage River State Forest. Garrett County.

Trail Length & Configuration: 7.5 mile off-road cycling trail consisting of two connected loops. Additional miles of mountain biking on network of gravel roads.

Terrain & Surface: Varied terrain, from gravel roads to challenging dirt singletrack.

Technical Difficulty: All skill levels. Beginner, Intermediate and Advanced

Elevation Change: Rolling terrain, with short steep climbs and descents.

Trail Use : hiking, mountain biking. Sections of the trail open for snow mobile use in winter.

Caution: Multi-use trail system. Road system used to access gas wells.

 

 

 

 

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Margraff Plantation Trail Map

Note: The free trail maps on this website have been simplified to provide an overview with approximate locations of trails and special features. Read Full Disclaimer.

Directions:

Take I-68 west through Cumberland, Maryland. Continue to Exit 14. Travel south on Rt. 219 @6 miles to the town of Accident. Turn left onto Accident Bittinger Rd. Go past the elementary school 1/2 mile to Fratz Rd. Turn left onto Fratz Rd. and follow 2 miles to Savage River State Forest sign. Continue to parking on left.

 

General Description:

See Savage River State Forest for trail regulations and other important information.

The Margraff area of the Savage River State Forest is a northern hardwood forest at an altitude of 2800 ft. There are recreational opportunities and beautiful views during any season. Some consider the singletrack trail system among the best in Garrett County.

A series of gravel roads crisscross the area and are routes used to access the Texas Eastern gas wells. They also provide a less technical mountain bike experience for the beginner mountain biker or additional miles of easy riding for the more advanced cyclist. The forest service is working with local mountain bike organizations to improve the singletrack network. Projects include signage, blazing of trails, gating illegal access points, user education and volunteer work. They are working to achieve a balance of recreational activity, wildlife habitation and natural resources integrity.

Margraff Plantation Trails

The 7.5 mile mountain bike trail is blazed white and rated intermediate, but does require some technical skills to complete without dismounting. The sections of fast, twisty, hardpacked singletrack are fun. On the other hand, you will be challenged by the occasional rock garden and many creatively placed log piles. There are also stretches with plenty of roots and a 1/2 mile hill with several rolling bumps to keep things interesting. For a break from the singletrack, ride the many gravel roads that crisscross the area.

 

 

For more information:

Topographical, water and rip resistant detailed trail maps (recommended) can be purchased via phone, online or in person at:

Savage River State Forest
349 Headquarters Lane
Grantsville, Md 21536

Phone: (301) 895-5453
Website: Savage River State Forest
TTY Users: ATT Relay 711


 

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