Green Ridge State Forest

Green Ridge is Maryland's second largest state forest with 44,000 acres of oak and hickory forest types and pockets of shale barrens, desert-like habitats that dot the region because of its extremely low average annual precipitation. Abundant wildlife including deer, turkey, and black bear, and unusual plants like the Prickly Pear Cactus, Large Blazing Star, and Kate's Mountain Clover are found here. Green Ridge is full of opportunities for the adventurous including a challenging and scenic mountain biking trail; canoeing, kayaking, and angling on the Potomac River; backpacking on a 24-mile hiking trail with new Adirondack-style shelters; off-road driving; hunting; and camping.