Garrett State Forest Snaggy Mountain Area Campground

Oakland, Maryland

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A word of warning: the Garrett State Forest’s camping areas aren’t very easy to locate because they’re sandwiched between two prominent state parks: Swallow Falls and Herrington Manor. In fact, it’s more accurate to say that the two state parks are located within the forest, and the forest is easily mistaken as a greenbelt between Swallow Falls and Herrington Manor. Both state parks have well-established camping facilities (Herrington Manor is cabin-only), and, as a result, people are often unaware that they can camp in the forest as well. The largest and best-maintained camping section in the forest sits between the two parks and is called the Snaggy Mountain Area. It’s a wonderful-if underutilized-primitive camping area.
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by Evan Balkan (Menasha Ridge Press)

A word of warning: the Garrett State Forest’s camping areas aren’t very easy to locate because they’re sandwiched between two prominent state parks: Swallow Falls and Herrington Manor. In fact, it’s more accurate to say that the two state parks are located within the forest, and the forest is easily mistaken as a greenbelt between Swallow Falls and Herrington Manor.

Both state parks have well-established camping facilities (Herrington Manor is cabin-only), and, as a result, people are often unaware that they can camp in the forest as well. The largest and best-maintained camping section in the forest sits between the two parks and is called the Snaggy Mountain Area. It’s a wonderful-if underutilized-primitive camping area.

© 2016 Evan Balkan/Menasha Ridge Press. All Rights Reserved.

Activity Type: Campgrounds
Nearby City: Oakland
Campsites: 11
Season: Year-round, but roads are not maintained in winter
Additional Use: Snowmobiling, Hiking, Cross Country Skiing, Horseback Riding
Accessibility: Dog-friendly
Local Contacts: 301-334-2038 dnr2.maryland.gov
Fees per Night: $10
Facilities: None
Driving Directions: Directions to Garrett State Forest: Snaggy Mountain Area Campground

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