Across the River, Through the Woods, and Under the Mountain

Flintstone, Maryland

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Few trails in the Mid-Atlantic can boast of such varied scenery as this route through Green Ridge State Forest. The creek walks along Big Run and Deep Run; sections along the Chesapeake and Ohio Canal and the Potomac River; a passage though the Paw Paw Tunnel; and the pool and rock garden of Fifteen-mile Creek will each surprise you and surpass your expectations. And while sections of this route are popular with hikers and cyclists, you’ll experience marvelous seclusion by backpacking the entire loop. This gem in western Maryland may very well be the best kept backpacking secret in the state.
AMC's Best Backpacking in the Mid-Atlantic

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AMC's Best Backpacking in the Mid-Atlantic

by Michael R. Martin (Appalachian Mountain Club Books)

Few trails in the Mid-Atlantic can boast of such varied scenery as this route through Green Ridge State Forest. The creek walks along Big Run and Deep Run; sections along the Chesapeake and Ohio Canal and the Potomac River; a passage though the Paw Paw Tunnel; and the pool and rock garden of Fifteen-mile Creek will each surprise you and surpass your expectations.

And while sections of this route are popular with hikers and cyclists, you’ll experience marvelous seclusion by backpacking the entire loop. This gem in western Maryland may very well be the best kept backpacking secret in the state.

© 2014 Michael R. Martin/Appalachian Mountain Club Books. All Rights Reserved.

Activity Type: Backpacking, Hiking
Nearby City: Flintstone
Distance: 42.3
Elevation Gain: 4,491 feet
Trail Type: Loop/Lollipop
Duration: 3-5 days
Accessibility: Dog-friendly
Local Contacts: Green Ridge State Forest, call 301-478-3124 or visit the forest’s website at dnr.state.md.us/publiclands/western/greenridge forest.asp. You may purchase a map either online or at the visitors’ center. To learn more about the C&O Canal, contact the National Park Service at 301- 678-5463 or visit its website at nps.gov/choh/
Local Maps: USGS Quads: Paw Paw, Oldtown, Artemas, and Flintstone
Driving Directions: Directions to Across the River, Through the Woods, and Under the Mountain

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