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This week's article: EXPLORE THE MARYLAND FOUR!

This week we talk about four Off-road trails in Maryland. Each trail offers different challenges and opportunities. It is important to remind those heading off into the wilderness to research the public trails with the National Park Service (NPS) or MD Department of Naural Resources (DNR), since trails are controlled by the NPS or the DNR and they have specific requirements for use. The recommended areas to explore are:

ASSATEAGUE ISLAND BEACH
Assateague is unique in that the island is both in Maryland and Virginia. The Maryland part of the island includes a 12-mile zone for off-roaders and allows up to 145 vehicles at any time.

In order to enter the off-road zone, you will need to obtain a permit. Fortunately, the permit is valid for both the Maryland and Virginia areas of the island. In particular, Assateague is known for its beach off-roading, which provides amazing views and the ability to enjoy sea fishing as well. For more information on the permit and regulations, check out the Assateague Island website.

https://www.nps.gov/asis/planyourvisit/osv.htm

As a side note, the nearby Wallops NASA facility is an active spaceport and, if you time your adventure correctly, you might even get to watch a launch of a resupply mission to the International Space Station.

https://www.nasa.gov/content/where-to-view-a-wallops-launch

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GARRETT STATE FOREST ORV TRAILS
The Garrett State Forest includes two off-road trails. The Piney Mountain off-road trail and the Snaggy Mountain trail. Off-road vehicles are required to register with the DNR and display a registration sticker. Garrett State Forest is made up of 7,000 acres of land located in Western Maryland. This trail system is a recommended destination for the Chesapeake Bronco Club!

https://dnr.maryland.gov/forests/Pages/orv/trails.aspx

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POTOMAC STATE FOREST ORV TRAILS
The Potomac State Forest is conveniently connected to the Garrett State Forest and provides access to four off-road trails. The Laurel Run Road Trail, Wallman Road Trail, and Backbone Mountain and Burkholder Road Trails provide several miles of off-road terrain that you can explore.

https://dnr.maryland.gov/forests/Pages/orv/trails.aspx

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SAVAGE RIVER STATE FOREST
Savage River State Forest provides four trails for off-roaders to explore. including the St. John’s Rock Trail, Meadow Mountain Trail, Margraff Plantation Trail, and Negro Mountain Trail. Savage is by far the largest park facility in Maryland, featuring over 54,000 acres of parkland.

https://dnr.maryland.gov/forests/Pages/savageguide.aspx

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