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5.7 mile 9.2 kilometer loop


Ascent: 773' 235 m
Descent: -773' -236 m
High: 2,904' 885 m
Low: 2,633' 803 m


Avg Grade: 5% (3°)
Max Grade: 17% (10°)


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Trail shared by John Smyth

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

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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.


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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

Trail Ratings

  3.4 from 7 votes


in Grantsville


  3.4 from 7 votes
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potentially great mtb trail, but in poor shape. downed trees every 300 yards, overgrown. Lost the trail despite blazed trees. much of trail is just visible tire-width with 12"+ grass so you can't see the rocks and stumps your pedal (or tire) WILL hit. trail goes through clear cut area, with debris all over. most of trail has branches that could kick into spokes etc--needs lots of love May 10, 2017
David Weaver
Rawlings, MD
David Weaver   Rawlings, MD
I rode the trail on October 4, 2017 and enjoyed it immensely. My arms were bleeding some do to a few briars growing across the trail but other than that the trail was in pretty good shape. The MTB Project map was needed to navigate the trail in places where the trail came out on a road and I could not find where the trail continued. I'll be riding the trail again on October 7. Oct 5, 2017
Michael Kraemer
Winchester, VA
Michael Kraemer   Winchester, VA
Please report trail issues by way of comment card or contacting Garret Trails. This could help expedite the clean up process by ensuring feedback gets to them directly. They are doing great work on other trails.… Jul 23, 2018

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