Description: Atop Backbone Mountain in Potomac-Garrett State Forest are 8.7 miles of snowmobile trails that double in the summer as a great mountain bike alternative. Trail, constructed on old logging roads, is relatively level through woods with some stream crossings (road is out .8 miles East of Walnut Bottom Road – ford required). Area does have active logging and trail is occasionally rerouted around cutting areas.
Use: Mountain Biking, Hiking, XC Skiing and Snowmobiling (some portions allow ORV use with State Forest permit)
Difficulty: Easy to Moderate
Directions: From Swanton, MD take Swanton Road east to intersection with MD Route 135. Make left and 1st trailhead is 400 yards on your left. To access alternate trailhead continue on 135 ~300 yards and make right on Walnut Bottom Road. Trail crosses this road after 300 yards.
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