Page 15 - Garrett County Visitors Guide - 2018
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What's New 
PHOTO BY TIMOTHY JACOBSEN
Meadow Mountain Keeps Garrett County’s Trail System Growing
In November 2017, a new hiking trail was unveiled near Grantsville — the second phase of the Meadow Mountain Trail, which connects to I-68 and could eventually reach all the way to Deep Creek Lake State Park.
The new section of road is a 7-mile stretch reaching from Frank Brenneman Road to Otto Lane, said Ashlee Boyd, executive director of Garrett Trails. “Our main goal
is catching traffic from I-68 and bringing people into Garrett County so they can park their vehicle there and get onto a low-impact trail that’s easy to hike,” she said. The trail is a great outing for seniors and families with young children, who might not be able to hike along the county’s more demanding trails, she added.
The trail runs along a 14-mile stretch nearly parallel to Route 495, but has multiple access points that allow visitors to enjoy shorter sections at a time. One of the county’s best overlooks can be found along Meadow Mountain Trail, .75 miles south of where it intersects Frank Brenneman Road.
The trail now ends at its intersection with 495, leaving it still 14 miles short of Deep Creek
Lake, but Garrett Trails is working on raising funds and resolving easement issues to complete its vision for the trail. “The end goal is to connect to Deep Creek,” said Boyd.
The Meadow Mountain Trail is part of a larger regional trail system known as the Eastern Continental Divide Loop Trail (ECDLT). The ECDLT connects state, federal and private lands with population centers and is recognized as part of the Potomac Heritage National Scenic Trail network, connecting to the Great Allegheny Passage north of Grantsville and Friendsville.
ORV Enthusiasts Flock
to New St. John’s Rock Trail
The Maryland Department of Natural Resources (DNR) has opened the first-ever trail on its land designed specifically for off- road vehicles (ORVs).
The trail, known as St. John’s Rock ORV Trail, opened to the public in July 2017 and is located south of I-68 near the town of Finzel.
The trail features a campsite with large parking areas and a family-friendly zone with children’s trail loops within the campground. There are also loops and climbs specifically designed for motorcycles, all-terrain and four- wheel-drive vehicles.
PHOTO BY SARAH MYERS
New State Park Lets
Visitors Step Back in Time
The Maryland Park Service recently designated an 1800s home site, farm and store along Sang Run Road as a state park.
The Historic Friends Store, part of what is now known as Sang Run State Park, originally sold food and gas, but was also used to trade ginseng with local residents. Today’s visitors to the store can buy penny candy, old-time soda and various souvenirs, or ask the storekeeper to entertain them with tales of 19th-century life.
In the summer, Sang Run State Park offers nature programs, such as hayrides, guided bird hikes and Dutch oven demonstrations. Year-round attractions include a mile-long trail across farm fields and the Historic Election House, where Sang Run residents cast votes as far back as the 1870s.
The Sang Run Pavilion, located next to the Youghiogheny River, can accommodate up to 75 people for events.
For more information, please visit garretttrails. org or dnr.maryland.gov.
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