Near Oakland in the Potomac-Garrett State Forest, the Backbone Mountain Trail system consists of multi-use roads linking the main campgrounds.
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 dirt biking trailhead 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 Riding Trail is the 7th most popular dirt bike trail of all 13 dirt biking rides in Maryland.