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May 21, 2014

Garrett County State Parks and Forests Trail Project Moves Forward

by kking

Mountain bikers overlooking a cliff amongst the coloful fall leavesThe Board of Public Works approved the development of new natural surface trails on State lands in Garrett County at its May 14 meeting in Annapolis. When all phases are complete, the project will provide more than 30 miles of new trails coursing through and linking Deep Creek Lake, Herrington Manor and Swallow Falls State Parks, and Garrett State Forest.

The project’s first phase will include creating approximately five miles of new trail at Deep Creek Lake State Park, with all three  phases to be complete and trails to open to the public in 2018. The trails will be shared-use for walkers/runners, bicyclists and equestrians. Constructed as narrow singletrack paths, they capture the spirit of DNR’s shared mission to conserve the State’s natural resources while providing backcountry recreation for citizens and visitors.

The project will emphasize and enhance the educational, conservational and recreational experiences offered in Western Maryland. These efforts are being carried out by the Maryland Park Service in response to Governor Martin O’Malley’s goal of creating a “trail system second to none that bolsters our economy through recreation and tourism; to better connect our citizens to our natural and cultural heritage; and to foster better health through outdoor activities and experiences.”

Learn more about Maryland’s trails at dnr.state.md.us/land/MD_Trails/Trails_in_MD.asp.

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