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Green Ridge State Forest, Flintstone

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Biking Trail · Hidden Gem · State Park
Green Ridge State Forest is a state forest in Western Maryland. Approximately 46,000 acres (186 km2) in size, it is situated along Green Ridge and Town Hill in eastern Allegany County.

Camping, hiking, biking, fishing, and boating are all permitted in Green Ridge State Forest. Hunting is also permitted in the forest, and is the most common use.

There are many scenic overlooks, and relaxing spots along the Potomac River. The right of way of the abandoned Western Maryland Railway weaves in and out of the Green Ridge with numerous tunnels (Stickpile and Kesslers) and several massive bridges crossing the Potomac. The Green Ridge was the site of the former Mertens Apple Orchards, which were the largest orchards in the world in 1900. Nearby Hancock, Maryland is still the largest apple-producing area of Maryland. The Chesapeake and Ohio Canal parallels the Potomac River on the southern boundary of the Green Ridge Forest while Interstate 68 is considered for all practical purposes to be the northern boundary of the forest.

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  • If you are a hiker, walker and camper this area is wonderful for those purposes especially in the Fall. Leaves, stream, hiking trails and camping grounds are plenty. However, I am not one of the...  more »
  • Green Ridge State Forest has two lovely overlooks and lots of hiking, mostly fairly strenuous. Great place.  more »
  • I love this place. I have loved it ever since I was a kid. We used to go on camping trips here. We used to visit the paw paw tunnel, hike the trials an fish the local watering holes. The locals are friendly and helpful. Over all a great place to get away from your regular life an technology and breath in the natural world.
  • It's a really nice but primitive campsite. however, it doesn't take away the beauty of the site, extremely private and since I went with friends, we each had plenty of space to set up our tents.i would return again as it was a great spot to camp. Just make sure to bring things like wood , water, and a shovel(for ya know bathroom needs) it was a bit on the chilly side but there's swimming holes and other sorts of things too. Next time I'd like to take my kids as well because there's also trails and such.

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