Potomac State Forest Laurel Run and Wallman Areas

Oakland, Maryland

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The Potomac State Forest encompasses more than 11, 000 acres of pristine wilderness bordering the North Branch of the Potomac River. The forest also includes portions of Backbone Mountain, Maryland’s highest point. While the summit of Backbone sits outside of the state forest, sections within the forest exceed 3,000 feet. Like much of Maryland’s western forests, the entire area was once denuded but has been allowed to grow back naturally and now serves as a protected area for an abundance of wildlife, including a thriving population of black bears. There are well-marked trails all throughout this rugged mountain wilderness; the state forest provides for some ideal backcountry camping. The cliffs that overlook the Potomac are impressive and offer endless opportunities for sightseeing.
Best Tent Camping: Maryland

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by Evan Balkan (Menasha Ridge Press)

The Potomac State Forest encompasses more than 11, 000 acres of pristine wilderness bordering the North Branch of the Potomac River. The forest also includes portions of Backbone Mountain, Maryland’s highest point. While the summit of Backbone sits outside of the state forest, sections within the forest exceed 3,000 feet.

Like much of Maryland’s western forests, the entire area was once denuded but has been allowed to grow back naturally and now serves as a protected area for an abundance of wildlife, including a thriving population of black bears. There are well-marked trails all throughout this rugged mountain wilderness; the state forest provides for some ideal backcountry camping. The cliffs that overlook the Potomac are impressive and offer endless opportunities for sightseeing.

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

Activity Type: Campgrounds
Nearby City: Oakland
Campsites: 16
Season: Year-round, but roads are not maintained in winter
Additional Use: Fishing
Accessibility: Dog-friendly
Local Contacts: 301-334-2038 dnr2.maryland.gov
Fees per Night: $10-$20
Facilities: Group sites have sanitation facilities but no potable water.
Driving Directions: Directions to Potomac State Forest: Laurel Run and Wallman Areas

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