The Maryland Department of Natural Resources will be holding four off-road vehicle (ORV) trail evaluation rides on the proposed St. John’s Rock-Red Dog Road area of Savage River State Forest. The rides will take place November 3 and 17, and December 15 and 29, with each limited to the first 15 registered ORV applicants.
Riders looking to participate must complete a Trail Evaluation Volunteer Form and submit it by mail or in person to Savage River State Forest, 127 Headquarters Lane, Grantsville, MD 21536. Forms must be received at least five business days prior to the ride date ─ for example, to participate in the November 3 evaluation ride, applications must be received by Monday, October 28. Additionally, all ORVs must be registered with a DNR annual permit.
These trail evaluation rides are being conducted as part of department’s two-year effort to systematically review all DNR lands for suitable ORV locations. Throughout this process, DNR has worked with an ORV stakeholder workgroup to evaluate potential trail locations, and is now looking for additional ORV-user reviews of the St. John’s Rock-Red Dog Road trail.