Garrett Trails Hosts June Events

Last Updated on May 31, 2017 at 9:59am | Tourism & Recreation

This article originally appeared in the June 2017 issue of The Lake-Front Magazine and is being reprinted here in its entirety with permission.
Since 1999, Garrett Trails has been dedicated to the development of high quality, sustainable trails across Garrett County. The organization currently maintains over 35 trails with a long term goal of connecting to other popular trails in our region, helping to make the small towns of our county a biking and hiking destination. Garrett Trails currently hosts two major fund-raising activities, both being held this month.
The 2017 Garrett County Gran Fondo Ride will be held the weekend of June 24, 2017 with five Gran Fondo rides starting and ending at Garrett College in McHenry, Maryland, from 7:00 AM – 9:00 PM. The Garrett County Gran Fondo is being hosted and organized by Garrett Trails, a non-profit organization dedicated to promoting and creating easily accessible and sustainable biking and hiking trails in Garrett County. Garrett County and the Deep Creek Lake area boast some of the finest and most challenging cycling in North America, and the Garrett County Gran Fondo has established itself as a premier North American Gran Fondo unsurpassed in challenge, scenery, and riding quality.
The Garrett County Gran Fondo has a ride for everyone from the recreational cyclist to seasoned professionals with five supported ride options. With the exception of the “Garrett’s Greatest 25”, all Garrett County Gran Fondo routes are extremely challenging, very steep climbing affairs and riders should plan accordingly. Some hills peak out at over 20% pitch and have extended stretches well into the teens. It is highly recommended that you gear your bike appropriately for the severe climbing.
Roughly 1,000 cyclists set out to enjoy the idyllic, country roads on one of five distances ranging from 25 miles to 125 miles from McHenry, to Friendsville, Big Run State Park, Bittinger, and back to McHenry. All cyclists are to follow traffic safety laws, however, at points in the ride, there may be many athletes cycling together so drivers are asked to exercise caution.
Registration is open to this amazing event! Website and details are available at
The very best in the Garrett County area food and drink industry come together every year for the Taste of Garrett. With over 30 county-wide restaurants and chefs taking part each year, Taste of Garrett is an impressive gathering of food and drink, as well as a place where restaurants, cafés, bakeries, big and small, come to get noticed by locals and visitors alike.
With the best in the industry gathering at The McHenry Lodge at Wisp Resort, Taste of Garrett has become a celebrated networking event in the area’s tristate foodie calendar. From cafes to bakeries, deli owners to steakhouses, pizzerias to local food legends – this is your opportunity to taste test the area’s greatest in the business and to find out what Garrett County has to offer for food and drink.
Taste of Garrett will be held Sunday, June 18, from 5:00 - 8:00 PM in the McHenry Lodge. The community is invited to enjoy a variety of unique and diverse food samplings prepared by their favorite eateries...and to try some new ones! Now in its 15th year, the event keeps growing providing residents and visitors with a memorable experience offering a wider diversity of foods and entertainment. Guests pay a $30 entry fee. Once in the door there is the opportunity to sample unlimited tastings at vendors of your choice. Cost for children age 12 and under is $15. A cash bar is available along with entertainment by DJ Logan Marks.
All proceeds from this community event benefit Garrett Trails, a non-profit 501c3 organization dedicated to the development of a well-used network of outstanding quality biking, hiking, and cross country ski trails that provide access to Garrett County’s historic, municipal and environmental treasures. The goal of Garrett Trails is to attract visitors as well as promote fitness and outdoor enjoyment for county residents through trail use. Garrett Trails’ representatives will be on-hand at the event to share information on past, current and future trail projects and to hear your ideas about trail use, access and creation in Garrett County.
Also sponsored by Garrett Trails at 5:00 PM is the 8th annual Race UP the Face “fun” run. Bring your running legs and join the team of racers who run, walk or crawl up Wisp Resort’s black diamond ski run “The Face” before heading to the Taste of Garrett for refreshments.
Join us for the Taste of Garrett, June 18, 5:00 – 8:00 PM, Wisp Resort for some of Garrett County’s best food that providers have to offer all while visiting and mingling with friends.
Advance tickets are available at store.htm. For more information about Garrett Trails, visit www.garretttrails. org.