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09-21-2012 05:39 PM
Militaryman4455
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Originally Posted by Hubdeep View Post
There are no open legal Maryland trails, except for Assateague Island.

Assateague Island is the only Maryland OHV area that is still open.

Anything else in the State of Maryland is private property and you must have expressed written permission to be there.
Keep fighting the good fight Hub. I'm definitely seeing your way now (I always was leaning that direction). Maybe one day we can get some good legitimate trails here. Hell, I would like to buy land and build an Offroad park in MD.
07-21-2012 03:23 PM
Hubdeep
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Originally Posted by daggo66 View Post
There are no open legal Maryland trails, except for Assateague Island.

Assateague Island is the only Maryland OHV area that is still open.

Anything else in the State of Maryland is private property and you must have expressed written permission to be there.
07-21-2012 03:14 PM
BaltimoreJK Was thinking about checking Legore bridge out maybe next week..
07-12-2012 02:08 PM
CAMELCAT I haven't really checked any of these out since I don't have a 4x4 vehicle yet (have my eyes on a JK that hopefully by next week will be mine), but I have been researching the hell out of places to go. The first couple of places I found through google:

Maryland Department of Natural Resources - Maryland Park Service

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Off-Road Vehicle Use
On Maryland's Public Lands

ORV Trails Status - Updated


Effective immediately, 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.
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.

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

1431 Potomac Camp Road
Oakland MD
301-334-2038
  • 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.
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.
Off-road vehicles must be registered annually with DNR and display a registration sticker. Registration stickers are available from any DNR regional service center, and stickers and trail maps are available at the five state forests where ORV use is permitted.
Vehicles registered/titled with the MVA (considered street legal) are exempt from purchasing the off-road vehicle permit when using DNR public lands.

Download the ORV registration application form here
06-08-2012 01:12 PM
BaltimoreJK Just vacant area. Good mud couple good hill climb spots. You pretty much don't get bothered there. It's on the new part of 43 near essex if you know the area.
06-08-2012 01:07 PM
daggo66
06-08-2012 12:27 PM
JeepWranglerNation
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Originally Posted by BaltimoreJK View Post
Good spots up and down route43 in Md right off of 40. 10 min from 695 in Essex
Public or private access..

Many of these trails are simply closing up.. or to many cops are staking them out.. due to the fact that many of those who drive these trails are not very responsible.

One bad apple tends to ruin it for the rest of us.
06-08-2012 11:45 AM
BaltimoreJK Good spots up and down route43 in Md right off of 40. 10 min from 695 in Essex
04-12-2012 08:32 AM
bdelpilar
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Originally Posted by Militaryman4455
Greenridge is closed! Its no longer open to be on at all!
That's what I thought... Oh well that one was too far for me anyway. I also wont be able to make a trip to Legore until this summer because of college.
04-11-2012 06:35 PM
Militaryman4455 Greenridge is closed! Its no longer open to be on at all!
04-11-2012 11:41 AM
Militaryman4455 Well we are doing a wheeling trip to legore sunday with a meet and greet afterwards at buffalo wild wings. You are more than welcome to come along. Just click the link in my sig and join up to Element offroad to get all the details.
04-10-2012 11:14 PM
bdelpilar Whoops, was thinking of a different place. Greenridge is about 2.5 hours away from me. I live in Harford county
04-10-2012 09:01 PM
bdelpilar
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Originally Posted by Militaryman4455

From what I have heard (havent been there in a while) the trails are starting to get pretty knarly form wash outs. I would say its close to Trails Rd as far as fun level goes. The "trails" are actually state roads that were used to access the land up there long ago. They turned it into an ORV park for ATV's but it is now closed to ATV's but still a state road so licensed vehicles can still run em.
Dang sounds sweet... Unfortunately I just checked em out on google maps and Greenridge is about 1 hour 20 min and Legore is 1 hr 40 min away so its easier for me to just go to Trails (45 min). I might make a trip to Greenridge this summer, campout, then hit Legore the next day.
04-08-2012 11:05 AM
Militaryman4455
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Originally Posted by 4wheelin View Post
Would have liked to. Been sick all week. Finally got to the dr's this am and got some meds. Next weekend is easter dinner at my place for the family. Maybe the weekend after.
If you're on FB click the link in my sig. Thats where we organize all the events. Come out to our M&G's and get to know everyone. We'll probably be wheeling next weekend. I know Im off work then so we will get into something.

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Originally Posted by bdelpilar View Post
Where is Legore Bridge? And when you say Greenridge is open for licensed vehicles, what are the roads like? I thought the unpaved trails were closed. Is it anything like Trails Road in PA?
From what I have heard (havent been there in a while) the trails are starting to get pretty knarly form wash outs. I would say its close to Trails Rd as far as fun level goes. The "trails" are actually state roads that were used to access the land up there long ago. They turned it into an ORV park for ATV's but it is now closed to ATV's but still a state road so licensed vehicles can still run em.

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Originally Posted by GMoney21 View Post
I live in Columbia and am unfamiliar with much of MD. I do want to do some offroading. I'm thinking of heading to Shenandoah in VA.
Click the link in my sig to our offroad club and come out with us. We have a lot of events planned over the summer.
04-08-2012 10:19 AM
GMoney21 I live in Columbia and am unfamiliar with much of MD. I do want to do some offroading. I'm thinking of heading to Shenandoah in VA.
03-31-2012 10:03 PM
bdelpilar
Quote:
Originally Posted by Militaryman4455
Legore- not trespassing. We have permission to be there during day light. Its all mud with a couple hill climbs and a beach on the river at the end to have a fire/cook. We have a group going out there Saturday. We have confirmation from the police as well as DNR that we do have permission to be out there during day light hours.

Rausch Creek- The best all around offroading in the area. Its got everything from Hardcore Rock trails for purpose built buggies to stock friendly fire roads. They have camping and a full service shop you can use if you break your junk. There are also Hotels close by and they are open every weekend year round and you can even go during the week if you have a big group and call them up to plan ahead.

Greenridge- Really easy state dirt roads for the most part, they get wet in the rainy season and have a couple interesting obstacles and camping. The ATV ORV there is closed but they are state roads so licensed/registered vehicles can still travel on them.
Where is Legore Bridge? And when you say Greenridge is open for licensed vehicles, what are the roads like? I thought the unpaved trails were closed. Is it anything like Trails Road in PA?
03-31-2012 09:16 PM
4wheelin
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Originally Posted by Militaryman4455 View Post
Yup. We had a big group out there today! It was real wet but we had a great time.


Dont forget guys, Boulder Bash is tomorrow! Hope to see ya'll there!
Would have liked to. Been sick all week. Finally got to the dr's this am and got some meds. Next weekend is easter dinner at my place for the family. Maybe the weekend after.
03-31-2012 09:06 PM
Militaryman4455
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Originally Posted by 4wheelin View Post


Thanks for this info, Militaryman4455. I had no idea. I based my opinion on the warning sign across the road from the entrance. Sounds like a place for me to get out to soon then.
Yup. We had a big group out there today! It was real wet but we had a great time.


Dont forget guys, Boulder Bash is tomorrow! Hope to see ya'll there!
03-31-2012 05:02 PM
4wheelin
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Originally Posted by Militaryman4455 View Post
Legore- not trespassing. We have permission to be there during day light. Its all mud with a couple hill climbs and a beach on the river at the end to have a fire/cook. We have a group going out there Saturday. We have confirmation from the police as well as DNR that we do have permission to be out there during day light hours.


Thanks for this info, Militaryman4455. I had no idea. I based my opinion on the warning sign across the road from the entrance. Sounds like a place for me to get out to soon then.
03-31-2012 12:07 PM
GoldenSahara00
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Originally Posted by stangruns11s
where in md are you at ?
I'm 40 mins north of md in pa. about 50 mins from Cumberland
03-31-2012 11:40 AM
stangruns11s where in md are you at ?
03-31-2012 11:14 AM
GoldenSahara00 Depending on where your at in MD rock run in Patton pa may be within two hours of you.
03-31-2012 11:07 AM
GMoney21 Awesome! I'll join on FB
03-30-2012 12:55 AM
Militaryman4455 Legore- not trespassing. We have permission to be there during day light. Its all mud with a couple hill climbs and a beach on the river at the end to have a fire/cook. We have a group going out there Saturday. We have confirmation from the police as well as DNR that we do have permission to be out there during day light hours.

Rausch Creek- The best all around offroading in the area. Its got everything from Hardcore Rock trails for purpose built buggies to stock friendly fire roads. They have camping and a full service shop you can use if you break your junk. There are also Hotels close by and they are open every weekend year round and you can even go during the week if you have a big group and call them up to plan ahead.

Greenridge- Really easy state dirt roads for the most part, they get wet in the rainy season and have a couple interesting obstacles and camping. The ATV ORV there is closed but they are state roads so licensed/registered vehicles can still travel on them.

Big Dogs Offroad Park- Gore, VA. Only wheelable during events as far as I know. You can check out Big Dogs website for dates and event locations.

Fort Hoyle Offroad Park- This is a place we are trying to get reopened for wheeling to the public. Its located in a privately owned quarry near Baltimore. You can help by signing this online petition: https://www.change.org/petitions/re-...-signed-waiver

Wharton State Park NJ- Pretty cool place, pretty much just big sand/water/mud holes and really beautiful scenery. Make sure you have someone to pull you out if you go and you might wanna prep your rig for water cause thats what you're gonna get.

GWNF- Never been there, but heard its pretty nice.

The Cove- Heard of it, dont know where it is or what its like.

Vaters Offroad is based out of Hagerstown and works with F&S Racing to hold events also... Boulder Bash is Sunday April 1st if you would like to come.




If you would like to join Element Offroad and meet other MD Jeepers on a regular basis Click the link in my sig and join the group on FB. If you arent on FB just let me know and I can work out a way to keep you updated. We do have a forum but it hasnt really kicked off yet. Our FB page is VERY active though.
03-28-2012 03:31 PM
4wheelin
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Originally Posted by GMoney21 View Post
Does anyone know of any good trails in Maryland? I just got my 2012 Wrangler and want to have some fun in the woods!
Maryland doesnt have much. Depending on where you live, how far you are willing to travel,.....

Rausch Creek - a pay-to-travel place in PA.
Assatague - mostly beach
GWNF- trails

Some of the guys on the MarylandJeep facebook page will go to Legore bridge, but I'm pretty sure it's trespassing there.

Check out BigDogs if you want more aggressive rock climbing. I'm mostly stock, so I cant go too far.

Hope this helps,
03-26-2012 09:15 PM
Blueliner
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Originally Posted by GMoney21 View Post
Does anyone know of any good trails in Maryland? I just got my 2012 Wrangler and want to have some fun in the woods!
I'm in rockville Md and Im looking for the same thing. Hit me up if you find anywhere to go.
03-18-2012 09:17 PM
GMoney21
Maryland Trails

Does anyone know of any good trails in Maryland? I just got my 2012 Wrangler and want to have some fun in the woods!

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