Garrett State Forest is the birthplace of forestry conservation in Maryland. The generous donation of 1,917 acres by the Garrett Brothers in 1906 serves as the foundation of the Garrett State Forest, as well as Maryland's present Public Lands system. Mountain forests, streams and valleys make up the nearly 7,000 acres of Garrett State Forest in Garrett County.
The forest is home to red oak, white oak, scarlet oak, black cherry, hickory, red maple, white pine and hemlock along the stream banks. Mountain streams trickle throughout the region, offering visitors glimpses of beaver ponds and cranberry bogs. Many wildlife species make their home in this forest. Primitive campsites, hiking, hunting, birding, biking, skiing and snowmobiling allow visitors to enjoy the beauty of their surroundings.
Piney Mountain: North of Oakland along Piney Mountain Road (6 sites).
172 Piney Mountain Rd., Oakland, MD 21550
Snaggy Mountain: Along Snaggy Mountain Road near Swallow Falls State Park (11 sites).
3739 Snaggy Mountain Rd., Oakland, MD 21550
Primitive Camping Along Forest Roads: One Group Site and one Shelter Site per area, along with roadside sites. Group Sites (up to 20 persons) must be reserved in advance. Shelter Sites and all other sites are "first come, first served". Self-registration at camping area. Call Forest office for reservations at 301-334-2038.
Location - In Garrett County, 5 miles northwest of Oakland, off U.S. Route 219.
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