Off-Road Trails: Maryland

Two great riding areas nestled into one of the country's smaller states

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Compared to the western states in America, Maryland is relatively compact. This small size doesn't afford much free space in the way of off-road riding parks, but there are several within the state that makes the most of the available land. These areas ensure that you can still get out and make memories with your family and friends.

Both of these riding areas offer camping opportunities either at the riding area or relatively close to it. Both of these locations are on the west side of the state - venturing to both should be fun and relatively easy.

  • Distance 60 Miles
  • Skill Level All
  • Trailhead Oakland, Md.

Garrett Trail System

With multiple trails within this system, which runs the Garrett State Forest, the Garrett Trail System is an ideal place to take your off-road vehicle on a family adventure in the summer months. Hardwood forests make up the dramatic scenery in this area, and the staging area is right at the trail system to offer easy access. Camping opportunities are not right along the trails, but they can be found at the nearby Swallow Falls State Park. The nearby town of Oakland has all of the essentials for your stay, including food, supplies, and gasoline for your adventures. Be sure to come with family or friends, as this beginner-friendly area can be enjoyed by everybody.
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  • Distance 12 Miles
  • Skill Level All
  • Trailhead Frostburg, Md.

St. John's Rock ORV Trail

A relatively new trail in the state of Maryland, St. John's Rock ORV Trail is tailor made for off-road enthusiasts. There is an off-road trail on the park that measures approximately 12 miles long. Next to the eight-site campground, there is a good size rock garden that is available for 4x4 vehicles to tackle if drivers want a good challenge. Keep in mind, you must reserve a spot to ride this area and/or camp before you come here. If you need supplies, Frostburg has all of the supplies that you need for your family fun trail adventures.
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