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Description - Green Ridge is the second largest of Maryland's State Forests consisting of a 44,000-acre oak-hickory forest. It is located in eastern Allegany County, approximately eight miles east of Flintstone off exit 64 on Interstate 68.

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, Warrier 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.

Attractions - Camping opportunities at the state forest abound. Green Ridge offers 100 designated primitive campsites located throughout 44,000 acres and group sites located along the Potomac River and along the off-road vehicle trail. There is a permanent 12-mile mountain bike trail along with opportunities 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. Fishing areas within the forest include the Potomac River, White Sulphur and Orchard ponds, Town Creek, 15-mile Creek and Sideling Hill Creek. Hiking is a favorite within the forest along the Green Ridge Hiking Trail, a 24-mile linear trail divided into sections that provides hikers with four separate day-hike options or overnight backpacking opportunities. An ORV trail is offered along an 18-mile loop located on East Valley and Stafford Roads. Hunting is the most popular recreational activity that occurs in the forest. For practice, hunters congregate at the 12-bench, 25-100 yard shooting range that provides a safe, legal area for target shooting. Nature Tourism is a rapidly growing attraction in Maryland. The staff works with Maryland's outdoor guides and outfitters to introduce more people to Nature Tourism experiences including canoeing, kayaking, bicycling, hunting, rock climbing, historical tours, rappelling, watchable wildlife, fishing, rafting and backpacking. To schedule a Nature Tourism adventure while visiting Green Ridge State Forest, call 301-784-8403.

The headquarters is open daily from 8 AM - 4 PM and on Fridays 8 AM - 8 PM. Their phone number is 301-478-3124. They have maps to various recreation destinations including all the campsites, fishing streams, stocked ponds and the Potomac River. They can provide details about the shooting range, the many miles of hiking paths, and the recommended pull-offs for ORV trails.

Recreation - Recreations included within the state forest include primitive camping, mountain biking, pond and river fishing, hiking and backpacking, target shooting, and nature tourism.

Climate - Maryland has four distinct seasons with spring and fall being particularly pleasant with low humidity and mild temperatures. The average January temperature ranges between 30 and 34 degrees F (-1 to 1 C) with July averages ranging between 74 degrees F and 80 degrees F. Typically, coastal temperatures are slightly warmer then the western Appalachian Plateau area. Travelers should be aware that winters can become miserably cold and summers can be hazy, hot and humid with afternoon thundershowers.

Location - Green Ridge State Forest is located In eastern Allegany County, about 22 miles east of Cumberland, exit 64 on Interstate 68.

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Filed By: Megan Ruzicka (Baltimore, MD)
Number of People Encountered: 25-50 ppl
Recommend to a Friend: Highly
Report: I love Green Ridge. Everytime I go there, it is just so relaxing and peaceful. I love the scenic overlooks and all of the trails. I really believe there is no place better!

Filed By: Aileen (Shepherdstown, WV)
Number of People Encountered: 0-10 ppl
Recommend to a Friend: Highly
Report: We enjoy the campsites, which are dispersed along the roads rather than being in a campground. For $10, you get a picnic table, a fire ring, and plenty of solitude. Bonds Landing Campground on the C&O Towpath is reached via Green Ridge; the campsite we enjoyed there had a path down to our own stretch of riverbank. The hiking trails are pretty walks through oak-hickory forest, with some surprisingly steep and rugged stretches. The mountain bike trails are too challenging for us, but we enjoy riding our bikes on the dirt roads, especially along the ridges. Several overlooks provide nice views. Green Ridge contains some unique areas called shale barrens where exposed rocks provide a home for plants that love hot, dry areas. Good for nature lovers!

Filed By: Christie (Baltimore, MD)
Number of People Encountered: 0-10 ppl
Recommend to a Friend: Highly
Report: Greenridge SF has been my peace in this world since moving to Maryland from Wyoming in 1994. My son is here now because of this park (sorry TMI) and I have a connection like no other. Its beautiful landscape and tremendous opportunities (offroading, swimming, rapids, hiking) leaves noone out. Although, the forest is shrinking due to some parcel sales, I am hopeful that it will be here for a long time to come. I look forward to being here every weekend in the summer, even though it rains almost every single time I go. I have reluctantly introduced many people to this park and will tell you more non marylanders know about it than natives so enjoy!

Filed By: Rich
Number of People Encountered: 11-25 ppl
Recommend to a Friend: Highly
Report: I have been camping in Greenridge State Forest since I was about 13 (now36) I loved it everytime we would go up there mainly for hunting season. But As I grew older and could drive I would go up there all year long and just camp. I used to like it on stafford trail but over the years that trail has been taken over by 4wheelers and the like, and for the most part I have seen them to be more destructive then anything else. I have found that more trash and more destruction is caused by SOME of these "offroaders" then ever has been by the hunters. Now. mind you NOT all of these "offroaders" are destructive and trust me we appreciate it when you clean up after yourselves and take care when riding. Many time we have been disturbed (late at night) and even run off the road by these people. So now we have moved to another part of western MD to camp. It is still in Flintstone but nowhere near 4wheelers! We take pride in camping in the forest (WE ARE NOT TREEHUGGERS)but we do like an enjoyable camping trip. Greenridge is the place to go in Md. Just don't go near the 18 mi. area where the 4wheelers are!

Filed By: Mick Welz
Number of People Encountered: 11-25 ppl
Recommend to a Friend: Highly
Report: Greenridge state forest is one of the most beautiful and peaceful places that i've had the chance to visit in Maryland since moving here 10 years ago from Los Angels. Its vast hiking and biking trails are second to none, offering breathtaking vistas of the surrounding mountains and the always beautiful potomac river. The diversity of wildlife makes this a great day or weekend retreat to get the kids out and educate them on some of the most important things in life, the natural life. Most of my time spent here is the fall for the hunting season, and it is my most anticipated time of the year, as well as my wife's, since she gets me out of her hair for a couple of weekends while i hunt in greenridge. See it, experience it, take care of it as i have in my small way, it is worth more than a day stumbling thru a shopping mall, its IMAX theater in its most purest form.....Mick

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Contact Information:
Green Ridge State Forest, 28700 Headquarters Dr, NE , Flintstone, MD, 21530-9525, Phone: 301-478-3124

Additional Information:
Maryland State Parks - Maryland State Forest and Park Service offers 47 state parks with recreational opportunities offered for all ages. From the forested regions to where land meets sea, Maryland's public parcels provide recreation, relaxation, and education. Many facilities possess barrier-free design.
Western Maryland - Experience Western Maryland, a year-round mecca for vacationing families, nature lovers and ardent adventures alike.

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