Description: This is a network of 5 different trails, all under 2 miles long. Cranesville Swamp is located in a "frost pocket," an area where the surrounding hills capture moisture and cold air that conspire to create a landscape more reminiscent of habitat found much further north in Canada.
Directions: From Route 219, north of Oakland, turn left (west) on Mayhew Inn Road. Go 1.4 miles and turn left on Bray School Road. Follow this to the end (1.6 miles) and turn right on Oakland/Sang Run Road. Continue 1 mile and turn left on Swallow Falls Road. Follow this road for 2.6 miles and then take a right on Cranesville Rd. Go 4 miles and turn left onto Lake Ford Road. Stay right at the fork. Turn right at the next fork in the road and continue .2 miles to parking area.
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Deep Creek Lake State Park Trail System
Description: There are multiple trails in Deep Creek Lake State Park.
1) series of short trails under 1/2 a mile accessed from the Discovery Center. Some are along the water.
2) Indian Turnip Trail Winds along the ridge of Meadow Mountain, this trail provides views and scenery typical of Western Maryland.
3) Meadow Mountain Trail is a linear trail that starts at the entrance of the campground and goes out around the old Brant Mine then runs parallel to the ridge top until it ends at private property. It can be combine with Indian Turnip Trail for a loop.
4) Fire Tower Trail is an extremely difficult and strenuous hike that begins at the entrance of the campground and ascends over 500 feet in elevation in about one quarter mile, to the top of Meadow Mountain. Crosses Meadow Mountain Trail.
hiking; x-country ski; mountain biking; leashed pets; ome trails allow horses 1) Easy
2) Moderate due to rocky terrain
3) Moderate due to 500 ft climb
South on Rt 219 from McHenry turn left onto Glendale Road; cross Glendale Bridge; immediately after crossing the Glendale Bridge, turn left onto State Park Road. Continue on State Park Road for one mile until you see the information sign for the state park facilities.
1) go to discovery center
2) trailhead at camping area
3) trailhead at lot 3 day use area or campground
4) trailhead at lot 3 day use area or campground
Fork Run Recreation Area
Descriptions: The Fork run trails consist of two sections of single-track multiuse trail. Located off the parking area is a low intensity section containing 1 mile of easily negotiated trail. Exiting the North side of this beginner area is the start of the more advanced single track. This trail is a 1.5 mile out-&-back trail that takes users through typical deciduous forest. This section is recommended for users with intermediate to advanced mountain biking skills. A majority of the trail is true single track with other sections making use of old logging roads.
Use: hiking; Mountain biking; horseback riding; leashed pets
Difficulty: 1) Moderate with significant vertical climb, 2) Easy
Directions: From 219 McHenry, take Sang Run Road .6 miles. Make a left on Hoyes Road for 3.3 miles. Left Oakland-Sang Run Road for .8 miles. Left Shingle Camp, and immediate Left into Fork Run.
Description: Hike through beautiful forests and cross numerous streams. Crumbling bridge abutments are the only remaining evidence that this scenic trail was formerly a connection road built by the Civilian Conservation Corps during the 1930s. There are plenty of chances to cool your feet along this trail, which has frequent stream crossings (no bridges). This trail ends near the Savage River Reservoir in Big Run State Park. To avoid the uphill trek at the end of the trail, begin your hike at the trail head on New Germany Road.
Directions: Drive 6.4 miles from Route 495 at Glendale Road. East trail head - Go 1.9 miles on New Germany Road to Monroe Trail Parking on the right side. West Trail head - Go 4.5 miles on New Germany Road to Big Run Road and turn right. Follow Big Run Road for 4.5 miles, cross a one-lane bridge and enter the trail parking area on the right.
Mt. Nebo Trails
Description: Nestled in the mountains of Garrett County, this 2,000-acre tract of land protects one of the most unique wetland areas in Maryland. This red spruce bog is typically found in northern states and Canada, but the mountain's elevation here makes ideal conditions for this special wetland. Be aware of hunting seasons. Great bird watching available. Trails are not blazed.
Use: Hiking, Mountain Biking
Difficulty: Easy - Moderate
Directions: East Trail Head - Travel 3.5 miles north of Oakland, MD on Route 219. Make a left into Mt. Nebo Wildlife Management Area. and follow the lane bearing left to the gate and parking area. West Trail Head - From Oakland, MD, take Center Street to the end and then turn right onto Bradley Road, becomes Oakland-Sang Run. Access right off Oakland-Sang Run Road, 3.5 miles north.
Swallow Falls State Park Trail System
Description: This trail is highly regarded as one of the prettiest short walks in the area. This is a well maintained loop along Muddy Creek and Youghiogheny River. It meanders through old growth hemlock and is partially handicap accessible.
Difficulty: Easy - Moderate (Some Rocky Terrain)
Directions: Travel 1.5 miles from Route 219, north of Oakland, and turn left (west) on Mayhew Inn Road. Go 1.4 miles and turn left on Bray School Road. Follow this road to the end (1.6 miles) and turn right on Oakland/Sang Run Road. Continue for 1 mile and turn left on Swallow Falls Road. After approximately 1.5 miles, park entrance is on the right.
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