Description: The Lostland Run valley offers a variety of scenic and historic trails along a rugged dirt road with roadside camping. Maps available at the State Forest headquarters.
1) Around the Potomac State Forest headquarters, a historic CCC camp from the 1920s, are 2 short trails, one for archery practice and another interpretive trail constructed as a Boy Scout Eagle Scout project.
2) Upper and Lower Lostland Run Trails provides an ~4 mile trail (oneway) along, over and through the scenic Lostland Run Creek. Several cascades are found on this stretch of mountain stream.
3) CCC Rearing Pond Trail provides a 1/2 mile stroll through conservation history. Remnants of fish rearing ponds constructed by Civilian Conservation Corp workers during the Great Depression can be seen along this forested trail.
4) Cascade Falls Trail - One of the more scenic slide waterfalls in the County is found at the end of this short trail from a well marked parking area about 2 miles down Lostland Run Road.
5) Potomac Overlook Trail - CCC stonework and an overlook allow visitors a scenic view of the rugged Potomac River. Trail is 1/2 mile round-trip from the parking area at the end of Lostland Run Road.
Use: Walking, Mountain Biking and Horseback Riding available along Lostland Run Road
Difficulty: Easy - Moderate
Directions: Upper Trail Head - Take Route 135 east from Oakland, MD and take a right on Gorman Road (light at Loch Lynn). Go 3 blocks and take a left on Route 560. Continue for 1.75 miles to Bethlehem Road, turn left, and travel 2 miles to the intersection of Bethlehem Road and Eagle Rock Road. Turn right, staying on Bethlehem Road for 1.4 miles. Turn left on Combination Road and travel .5 miles. Turn left on Potomac Camp Road and travel .5 miles to the Forest Resource Center on the left. Lower Trail Head - Continue on Potomac Camp for .5 miles to Lost Land Road and make a right. Follow Lost Land Road to the bottom parking area and trail head beginning at the Potomac River.
Directions to central trailhead on Google Maps