Enjoy the beauty of Maryland’s largest contiguous forest, Green Ridge State Forest, from a different perspective… your car. Unlike heavily-populated scenic driving routes, Green Ridge State Forest’s Scenic Driving Tour takes you on a 45-mile journey to some of Allegany County's most spectacular overlooks.

A wooden planked decking with rails extends out from the mountain and creates an overlook into a mountain vista with fall foliage.Photo Credit: Shea Walsh
Situated behind Forest Headquarters, the Overlook features a large wooden platform and the first sneak peek into the forest landscape.


Offering a panoramic photo opportunity, Point Lookout reveals rolling mountains of Maryland and West Virginia and the Potomac River. The site was used by Union soldiers during the Civil War to detect Confederate movements toward the Maryland border.

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This is another spectacular view from Town Hill Mountain looking east towards the Potomac River and West Virginia. The Great Eastern Trail, a north-south route that runs 1,600 miles from New York to Alabama, through the Appalachian Mountains, makes its way through Maryland as it passes this overlook.


A mountain range is bright with shades of fall color, and the sky is a shade of blue as the sunrises behind the mountains
You can almost envision the historical relevance of this overlook, once you know the story. This location was where wood was transported from nearby ridges and dumped over the edge to Town Creek. From there, the logs were transported by the stream, during periods of high water, to a sawmill near the C&O Canal.


A lone tree sits at the edge of a wooden overlook, with rolling mountains and the sun setting along the horizon.Photo Credit: Janelle Mueltz
This overlook offers a spectacular view from Polish Mountain to the west looking over the Town Creek Basin to Warrior Mountain and Flintstone. The trail behind the overlook is a 12.5-mile circuit Mountain Bike Trail. This is also the location where the Great Eastern Trail branches off the bike trail and makes its final descent from Green Ridge towards Flintstone.

The 45-mile tour takes about three hours, so be sure to pack the following:

  • Snacks, water, or a packed lunch. 
  • Binoculars and camera for taking in the sweeping views and wildlife.
  • Visit the Green Ridge State Forest Headquarters for a Driving Tour Map or download here.