Margraff-Plantation Trails

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5.7 Miles 9.2 Kilometers


100%

Singletrack

773' 235 m

Ascent

-773' -236 m

Descent

2,904' 885 m

High

2,633' 803 m

Low

5%

Avg Grade (3°)

17%

Max Grade (10°)

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

John Smyth

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.

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Sep 7, 2015
Richard Vargo
Some small features along the way (jumps, skinnies, drops). Very dry. 5.7mi
May 21, 2015
Andy McMurray

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This is a great ride, it didn't seem to be used a lot, but is well maintained. I rode this on 10-25-14 and would say that, having ridden in a clockwise direction, although we thoroughly enjoyed the ride, I bet it would have been more fun ridden in a counter clockwise direction. Given the opportunity to visit the area again, I would definitely revisit this trail. Nice job to whomever maintains it. Oct 26, 2014


Maintained by Garrett Trails. This is great ride. Beautiful landscape views. I haven't seen any yet, but it's a good idea to ride with a bear bell during the season. Sold at any local shop. HMS is a great resource which is just over the 219 bridge in Mchenry/Oakland May 27, 2015


Most locals ride counter-clockwise starting with the southern loop first, then connecting to the nothern loop also counter clockwise. This takes advantage of the downhill, flow, and sporadic freeride features tucked deep in the trail. To my humble knowledge, Garrett Trails hasn't been in the area for a awhile, despite them doing awesome stuff for the other local trails. Local MTB crews have been keeping this trail free from annual treefall. Mar 23, 2016


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