The Potomac-Garrett State Forest is calling you to come and hike the 3.5 mile Lostlands Trail to the Potomac River. Pull off the socks and shoes and dip your toes in the icy headwaters of the North Branch of the Potomac River which divides Maryland and West Virginia. Listen closely and you might hear the ghosts of George Washington traveling to set the Fairfax Stone. Hike back on the dirt access road and take a side trip to see the ghost remains of the CCC built fish hatchery in the forest. www.dnr.state.md.us/publiclands/potomacguide.html.
Wake up in the morning and head down into Friendsville for a hike up the Kendall Trail www.garretttrails.org/northern-region-trails.html along one of Maryland’s only scenic and wild rivers, the Youghiogheny River.
Getting there: Traveleing west on I-68 West in Hancock. Go 69 miles on I-68, exit south on U.S. Highway 219 toward Deep Creek Lake, and go 26 miles to Oakland, Maryland. Stay on US 219 when it turns left in Oakland; when US 219 turns right outside of town, go straight onto Maryland Highway 135. In about 2 miles, turn right onto MD 560 just outside of Mountain Lake Park. In 2 miles, turn left onto Bethlehem Road (staying right at the fork at 2 miles). In 1.4 miles, turn left onto Combination Road, then in half a mile, turn left onto
Potomac Camp Road. The forest headquarters is about a mile further on the left. To find the trailhead from the parking area, cross the road and walk 75 feet back up the road; look for a wooden marker.