is currently running a “Ten Bucks A Foot” fundraising campaign.
The nonprofit trail advocacy organization is asking the local community, outdoor and recreational enthusiasts and trail advocates to purchase a foot of trail in support of completing the Meadow Mountain Trail System and helping with future trail projects. Corporate sponsorship of the trail construction is also available.
Those who “Buy a Foot” to help build the trail will be entered into a drawing to win a mountain bike. Garrett Trails will draw a winner live on Facebook
during Autumn Glory on Friday, October 11th.
“Mike Koch, owner of FireFly Farms, won the Taste of Garrett County bike back in May, and decided to so graciously donate it back to the organization,” said Ashlee Houck, Garrett Trails Executive Director. “The Garrett Trails organization is giving it away again. A $10 donation puts you in the running for a brand new bike from High Mountain Sports.”
“A foot can go a long way,” Houck said. “When you show your financial support for Garrett Trails, you become a part of a distinguished group of people dedicated to creating, maintaining and enjoying the Garrett County Trail System. Help Garrett Trails build Meadow Mountain Trail System one foot at a time.”
Last year, Garrett Trails received grant funding from two separate sources toward the group’s Casselman River (Jennings Brothers Railroad) feasibility study.
The Maryland Heritage Area Authority awarded $50,000 in July 2018. In September 2018, U.S. Senators Ben Cardin and Chris Van Hollen announced $50,000 in grant funding from the Appalachian Regional Commission.
“The grants enabled our organization to take the next step in making a very important connection toward the Great Allegany Passage in Meyersdale,” said Mike Dreisbach, Garrett Trails president.
Garrett Trails currently owns the rail bed from Jennings south of Grantsville to the Maryland line off River Road.
“This will give us the ability to connect Grantsville to Meadow Mountain,” Dreisbach said. “It’s hard to get engineering money, so with the help of ARC, we were able to land this one. That’s a big deal for Grantsville.”
According to Houck, the Meadow Mountain trail system runs along a ridge from Interstate 68 at Grantsville to its current termination south of Frank Brenneman Road to MD 495.
“A trail extension would bridge an existing gap and provide passage all the way to Deep Creek Lake State Park,” she said. “Route 495 provides a direct alignment for half of the route and the Discovery Center at Deep Creek Lake State Park may serve as a highly visible starting/ending point for the trail.”
Houck reported that the county has applied for funding for the third phase from Otto Lane to New Germany State Park.
The 14-mile trail system will be an integral part of the overall vision of the Eastern Continental Divide Loop, a 150-mile loop through Garrett County that ties in with the Great Allegany Passage.
The proposed hard-packed, multi-user trail would wind through Garrett County and municipalities, bridge connections between existing trails, and connect to larger trail networks outside the county.
Garrett Trails is a nonprofit, volunteer organization dedicated to the development of a well-used network of high-quality, sustainable trails that provide access to Garrett County’s historic, municipal and environmental treasures which link to trails outside the county.
Garrett Trails believes outstanding quality trails are important to the economic development of the county, will attract visitors and will promote fitness and outdoor enjoyment for county residents.