Green Ridge is the second largest of Maryland's State Forests
consisting of a 46,000-acre oak-hickory forest. It is located in
eastern Allegany County, approximately eight miles east of Flintstone
off I-68 at Exit 64.
The forest is located in the Ridge
and Valley Province of the Allegheny Mountain chain. The average annual
precipitation is 36 inches, the lowest in the state. Town Hill, Green
Ridge and Polish Mountains elevation varies from 475 feet at the
Potomac River to 2,039 feet on Town Hill. Magnificent views of the
surrounding landscape can be seen from Point Lookout, Banners, Logroll,
Warrior Mountain and No Name Overlooks. Rich in history, the forest was
once the site for the Carroll Furnace, originally built as part of a steam powered saw mill in the 1830's.
Green Ridge offers 100 designated primitive campsites located
throughout 46,000 acres. Group sites as well as sites located along the
Potomac River and along the off-road vehicle trail are available. Pets
are permitted in the forest on a leash. A service charge of $10 per
night for up to six people and $1 for each additional person is
required. Camping permits may be obtained from Green Ridge State Forest
Camping is year round. You will need to self register outside of the office after closing. Many of the dirt roads do not get plowed, so be aware of road conditions before starting back into the forest.