Explore Garrett County’s hidden hiking trails!
Think you have seen all that Garrett County has to offer? Think again! Garrett County attracts the most extreme exploration seekers and outdoor adventurers, and there’s no wonder why; it’s beautiful here! But not many know about local’s favorites, the trails that aren’t usually visited. We’re going to let you in on a little secret and reveal some of Garrett County’s best hiking trails. Lace up your boots and grab your water bottle, winter is the ideal time to get out and explore!
1. Fork Run Recreation Area Trails
With more than 9 miles of trails designed for both hiking and mountain biking, Fork Run is a must see. Choose one of the multiple trails and explore the beautifully wooded surroundings. Make sure to check out the trail to the boulders and ledges, where many rock climbers challenge themselves to climb to the top. Fork Run is pet friendly, so grab the leash and hit the trails!
(Directions: From Rt. 219 in McHenry, take Sang Run Road .6 miles. Make a left on Hoyes Road for 3.3 miles. Left on Oakland-Sang Run Road for .8 miles. Left Shingle Camp, and immediate Left into Fork Run.)
2. Deep Creek Trail
This trail is one of the easier trails to hike, perfect to stretch your legs after a long drive to the lake. This half-mile paved trail extends from The Garrett County Chamber of Commerce to The Wisp Resort, conveniently located behind the Railey Mountain Lake Vacations office. If you are staying in a rental home close to this trail, make sure to find time to take a morning bike ride to start your day off energized and ready for the rest of your adventures!
(Directions: From 219 South travel to McHenry, MD, Visitor Center is on the right just past Sang Run Road. Trailhead is to the right of building.)
3. Kendall Trail
Following the Youghiogheny River, this short 3-mile trail starts in Friendsville, MD and offers the best view of the river. Make your way down the trail while watching the kayakers paddle through rapids. This is considered an easy trail so bring along your four-legged friend to enjoy the fresh mountain air by your side!
(Directions: From McHenry, take 219 North to Route 42 toward Friendsville, MD. Follow Route 42 for approx. 7 miles. Take a right on First Avenue and a left on Oak Street.)
4. Herrington to Swallow Falls Trail
(Directions: Northern trailhead is at Swallow Falls State Park. Southern trailhead and parking can be accessed along Herrington Manor Road, in the dip approximately .5 miles north of Herrington Manor State Park entrance.)
*Please use all hiking trails with caution, as the winter season can cause hazardous conditions.