Looking for a fantastic off-roading adventure in the metro D.C. area? Look no further than the brand-new St. John’s Rock ORV Trail and Campground in the nearby Savage River State Forest. And while you’re out there, why not make a day of it? Follow this itinerary for a memorable weekend!
The trail is a good two-hour drive outside of D.C. proper, so why not get energized with coffee and breakfast before you head out? Ted’s Bulletin is a fantastic breakfast spot with several locations in the D.C. area. You can even call ahead and get your breakfast to go if you’re itching to get on the trail as soon as possible!
Once you get to the Savage River State Forest, make your way to the brand-new St. John’s Rock ORV Trail. You’ll need to make a reservation ahead of time and get a day pass. The trail is technical with single-track and two-way tracks. Check out the .5-mile Chestnut Oak Scramble, the .44-mile Red Maple Scramble (two sections), or the 1.25-mile Sassafras Scramble (also two sections).
When you’re done off-roading, consider going for a scenic hike through the Savage River State Forest. Trails of various difficulty are available to mountain bikers, backpackers, and hikers. Each offers beautiful nature views well-worth the extra effort.
Drive to the nearby town of Frostburg, Maryland, for a healthy dinner at the hip, chic SHiFT. This farm-to-table eatery has vegetarian and vegan options, as well as “modern Appalachian.” After a long day in the forest, we recommend the chicken paprikash dish to regain your energy.
After dinner, drive 10 minutes from Frostburg to Savage, Maryland, to spend the night at the historic Castle Bed and Breakfast. The Castle was built in 1840 and retains much of its vintage charm.
While you’re in the area, why not spend the next morning visiting Frostburg’s Historic District? The area certainly earns its spot on the National Register of Historic Places, and is well-worth a gander before heading home.