The Backbone Mountain Trail system consists of multi-use roads linking the main campgrounds that are open to ATV riding.
The portion of Backbone Mountain Trail beginning near the intersection of Swanton Hill Road and Maryland Route 135 and running northwest in two branches to the Juvenile Justice Boys Camp and to the boundary line of the forest may be used only by OHV vehicles from March 16th through December 14th. The portion of the Backbone Mountain Trail beginning near the intersection of Maryland Route 135 and Maryland Route 38 and running northeast to the Juvenile Justice Boys Camp is closed to OHVs.
To reach the ATV riding trailhead for the Backbone Mountain Trail from Oakland, head Northeast on Rt. 135. You will pass Swanton Hill Rd (Rt. 495) on your left, just past this intersection, the trailhead parking area will be on your left.
Overall, Backbone Mountain Trail is the 9th most popular ATV riding trail of all 12 ATV trails in Maryland.