Margraff-Plantation Trails

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Rank: #2 in the Western Maryland area
#11 in MD, #1,254 Overall
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Featured Ride in the area near Mountain Lake Park,
“These little known trails offer some great singletrack, short climbs, and fast twisting descents”
John Smyth on Nov 29, 2013
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5.79.2 milesKilometers 773’235 m Ascent 2,904’885 m High 5% Avg Grade (3°)
100% Singletrack -773’-236 m Descent 2,633’803 m Low 17% Max Grade (10°)
Close to I68, these trails offer a quick ride for those traveling through the area. The trails are in almost pristine condition with little evidence of previous riders. Expect tight turns, short and steep climbs, and twists and turns that leave you wondering which way is North again?
Need To Know
Many western Maryland counties have Sunday hunting during the rifle seasons. Be sure to check what may be in season before riding here in the fall/winter months. Contact High Mountain Sports for trail conditions (301) 387-4199
Take 219 South from I68. Once in Accident, turn left onto Accident-Bittinger Road. Travel less than a mile and turn left on Fratz Road. The road turns to dirt after .5 miles. Parking is on the left on the far end of the clearing.

The trails can be accessed directly across the road from the parking area or on the less obvious trail that starts right in the parking area. No official maps exist for the trails but the route is well marked with white blazes painted on the trees. Access roads to gas wells intersect the loop and these roads are helpful in determining your exact location on the crude maps that are available and offer a quick out back to your car.

None of the trails have names and neither do the roads so a turn-by-turn route description is useless. One area of confusion may arise when entering a clearing on the Southern loop of the figure 8. Go straight across the clearing and find the trail entering back into the woods. When in doubt, stay on the blazed route and you'll be lead right back to the parking area.

Most locals ride counter-clockwise starting with the southern loop first, then connecting to the northern loop also counter-clockwise. This takes advantage of the downhill, flow, and sporadic freeride features tucked deep in the trail.
Land Manager: Maryland Dept Natural Resources
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