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Margraff-Plantation Trails

Intermediate/Difficult
 3.3 (8) RECOMMENDED ROUTE

These little known trails offer some great singletrack, short climbs, and fast twisting descents


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Map Key

5.7

Miles

9.2

KM

100%

Singletrack

2,904' 885 m

High

2,633' 803 m

Low

773' 235 m

Up

773' 236 m

Down

5%

Avg Grade (3°)

17%

Max Grade (10°)

Dogs Unknown

E-Bikes Unknown

Features -none-

Overview

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

Description

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.

Contacts

Shared By:

John Smyth

Trail Ratings

  3.3 from 8 votes

#1

in Grantsville

#2921

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  3.3 from 8 votes
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#1

in Grantsville

#33

in Maryland

#2,921

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Photos

Margraff-Plantation Trails - Accident, MD
Oct 23, 2017 near Swanton, MD
Picking wild summer berries in the "Boneyard"
Aug 15, 2016 near Lonaconing, MD
A short climb on the south loop going counterclockwise.
Oct 17, 2017 near Swanton, MD
Matt Fithian is in more focus than the picture on a berm in the Boneyard.
Aug 15, 2016 near Lonaconing, MD
Quiet singletrack.
Jun 26, 2016 near Frostburg, MD
Poor picture of a great trail.
Nov 29, 2013 near Lonaconing, MD

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Apr 8, 2020
Steve Cratin
Aug 9, 2017
T Om Sheaf
Aug 5, 2017
Rob Fletcher
Sep 7, 2015
Richard Vargo
Some small features along the way (jumps, skinnies, drops). Very dry. 5.7mi
May 21, 2015
Andy Mac
Jun 10, 2009
Justin Theilman