Off-Road Vehicle Use
On Maryland's Public Lands


ORV Trails Status - Updated

The Maryland Department of Natural Resources (DNR) has permanently closed three of the State’s off-road vehicle (ORV) trails; the Green Ridge Trail at Green Ridge State Forest, Chandler Trail at Pocomoke State Forest, and Poplar Lick Trail at Savage River State Forest. These trails had been temporarily closed pending the results of a forest certification audit. The decision is based on the results of environmental assessments conducted by the Department and the results of our recent forest certification audit. That audit completed last week is part of the State’s effort to receive dual certification for all three western Maryland State Forests — a move that will protect the $950 million western Maryland forest products industry, which employs 9,200 people.

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Designated Off-Road Vehicle Trails That are Open for Public Use

It is recommended that you call the State Forest Office you will be visiting before using the trails to be advised of current trail closures or hazards. ORV Permits Available at Deep Creek Lake and New Germany State parks, and at Savage River State Forest, Herrington Manor State Park, Potomac Garrett State Forest and DNR regional service centers.

We also have one license agent in the area:


Bills Outdoor Center
20768 Garrett Highway
Oakland, MD 21550

Download the ORV registration application form here


ORV Registration Requirements

An ORV is defined as a motorized vehicle designed for or capable of cross-country travel on land, water, snow, ice, marsh, swampland or other natural terrain. Off-road vehicles include a four-wheel drive or low pressure tire vehicle; an automobile; a truck; a motorcycle and related two-wheel vehicles; an amphibious machine; a ground effect or air cushion vehicle; a snowmobile; and a golf cart.

Vehicles registered with the MVA are exempt from purchasing the off-road vehicle permit when using DNR public lands as long as the operator is in possession of a valid Maryland hunting or fishing license.


Garrett State Forest ORV Trails - Garrett County
Potomac-Garrett State Forest

1431 Potomac Camp Road
Oakland MD
301-334-2038

Snaggy Mt. Road and ORV Trail

As of Thursday 9/12/13, the ‘Snaggy Mt. Road and ORV Trail’ on the Garrett State Forest is once again open to through traffic. Last month the double culverts at Bull Glade Run had collapsed beneath the road, leaving just a slumped layer of metal grid reinforced / compacted road surface over a 5 ft. deep void. As the road was not safe to support traffic of any kind, the Forest Manager closed the road to through traffic. State Forest staff have secured and completed the installation of a temporary bridge over the Bull Glade Run. The area is once again open to through traffic just in time for the fall hunting season.

  • Piney Mountain ORV Trail: (1.7 Miles) The Piney Mountain Trail beginning at the Sang Run-Cranesville Road and ending at the intersection of the Piney Mountain Road and the unnamed dirt road may only be used by: (1) snowmobiles from December 15 through March 15, except during deer firearms season; and (2) two wheel and four wheel vehicles the remainder of the year and during the deer firearms season. The western half of the loop may be used by snowmobiles only, and may not be used by any motorized wheeled vehicle. (See Piney Mountain Snowmobile Trail Map).

  • Piney Mountain Snowmobile Trail: (2.5 Miles)
     
  • Snaggy Mountain ORV Trail:  (3.2 Miles) That portion of Snaggy Mtn. Road, beginning at Cranesville Road and running south along Snaggy Mountain Road/Hutton-Switch Road to the bridge at the head of Herrington Lake may be used only by: (1) snowmobiles from December 15 through March 15, except during deer firearm season; and (2) two-wheel and four-wheel vehicles the remainder of the year and during the deer firearms season. That portion of the trail forming the eastern side of the northern loop beginning and ending at the points where the loop leaves the part of the trail running along Snaggy Mountain Road/Hutton-Switch Road, the southern portion of the trail beginning at the bridge at the head of Herrington lake to the trail's end, and the trail connecting at midway the northern loop to the southern portion of the trail may only be used by snowmobiles and may not be used by any motorized wheeled vehicle. (See Snaggy Mountain Snowmobile Trail Map.)

  • Snaggy Mountain Snowmobile Trail: (8.5 Miles

 

Potomac State Forest ORV Trails - Garrett County
Potomac-Garrett State Forest
1431 Potomac Camp Road
Oakland MD
301-334-2038

  • Wallman/Laurel Run ORV Trail
    Laurel Run Road ORV Trail: (2.4 Miles) The northern portion of the Trail beginning at the western boundary of the forest at Rileys Spring Branch and running eastward toward the Potomac River along Laurel Run Road to the intersection of an unnamed dirt road may be used only by: (1) snowmobiles from December 15 through March 15, except during the deer firearms season; and (2) two-wheel and four-wheel vehicles during the remainder of the year and during the deer firearms season.

    Wallman Road ORV Trail: (3.9 Miles) The eastern portion of the Trail beginning at the western boundary of the forest at Rileys Spring Branch and running southward along Wallman Road to the boundary of the forest near Wallman may be used only by: (1) snowmobiles from December 15 through March 15, except during the firearms season: and (2) two-wheel and four-wheel vehicles during the remainder of the year and during the deer firearms season.

    The western portion of the Trail beginning where it leaves the eastern portion of the trail near the intersection of Wallman Road and an unnamed dirt access road and running south on and along the access road to the point where the trail ends when it intersects with the southern portion of the trail and the center trail connecting the western and eastern portions which follow the access road may: (1) be used only by snowmobiles from December 15 through March 15; and (2) not be used by any motorized wheeled vehicles for the remainder of the year. The southern portion of the Trail beginning where it intersects with the western portion of the trail and running southward to its intersection with the eastern portion may be used only by snowmobiles, and may not be used by any motorized wheeled vehicles. (See Wallman/Laurel Run Snowmobile Trail)
  • Wallman/Laurel Run Snowmobile Trail: (10.2 Miles)

  • Backbone Mountain/Burkholder Road ORV Trail: (2.7 Miles)

    That portion of Backbone Mountain Trail beginning near the intersection of Swanton Hill Road and Maryland Route 135 and running northwest in two branches to the Juvenile Justice Boy's Camp and to the boundary line of the forest may be used only by: (1) snowmobiles from December 15 through March 15, except during deer firearms season; and (2) two-wheel and four-wheel vehicles during the remainder of the year and during the deer firearms season.

    That portion of Backbone Mountain Trail beginning near the intersection of Maryland Route 135 and Maryland Route 38 and running northeast to the Juvenile Justice Boy's Camp may only be used by snowmobiles, and may not be used by any wheeled vehicle. (See Backbone Mountain Snowmobile Trail Map.)

  • Backbone Mountain/Burkholder Road Snowmobile Trail: (6.7 Miles)

  • Savage River State Forest
    127 Headquarters Lane
    Grantsville, MD 21536
    301-895-5759

    The trails described in this section may only be used by the ORV's indicated.

    • Meadow Mountain Trail: the northern portion of Meadow Mountain trail beginning at and running along East Shale Road (approximately 1/4 mile south of U.S. route 68) southward to the point where it intersects New Germany Road may only be used by: (1) snowmobiles from December 15 through March 15, except during the deer firearm season; and (2) two-wheel and four-wheel vehicles during the remainder of the year and during the deer firearms season.
       
      • The portion of Meadow Mountain Trail beginning on the southwest side of New Germany Road and running south to Frank Brenneman Road may only be used by snowmobiles, and may not be used by a motorized wheeled vehicle.
         
      • The southern portion of Meadow Mountain Trail, beginning in Deep Creek Lake State Park, lies at the intersection of the Thayerville Fire Tower Road and the State Park Road and running in a northeasterly direction and ending on Compartment 77 may be used by snowmobiles, and may not be used by a motorized wheeled vehicle. A snowmobile may be unloaded either at designated Deep Creek Lake State Park parking lots or the New Germany State Park/Savage River State Forest maintenance parking lot if the snowmobile is driven directly to Meadow Mountain Trail on the designated access trails provided.
       
    • Margraff Plantation Trail may only be used by: (1) a snowmobile from December 15 through March 15; and (2) two-wheel and four-wheel vehicles during the remainder of the year, except that from the end of spring turkey gobbler season to August 15, all public access is prohibited on certain trail sections.
       
    • Negro Mountain Trail coincides with portions of the forest access roads through compartments and may be used only by snowmobiles from December 15 through March 15, and may not be used by any ORV for the remainder of the year, except for conducting educational programs, safety programs or special events.