At a glance

Size: 162 Acres
Habitat: Mix of fields and woodlands with streams and a pond.
Trails: Yes.
Notable birds seen: Ruffed Grouse, Bobolink, Hooded Warbler.
Parking: Yes.
Facilities on site: House with plumbing and overnight options.

Additional Notes

Carey Run is not accepting overnight visitors in the house or for campouts because of the COVID-19 situation. The grounds are open for day visits.

Caution: Coyotes and bears have been spotted on the property.

Carey Run Sanctuary (Garrett County)

Carey Run is not accepting overnight visitors in the house or for campouts because of the COVID-19 situation. The grounds are open for day visits.

Acquired in 1962, Carey Run was the first sanctuary that MOS purchased. The original property, complete with a farmhouse, was only 52 acres. In 1973, MOS purchased another 110 acres, bringing the Sanctuary to its current size of 162 acres.

Carey Run is a tributary of the Savage River. The property also contains two streams and a freshwater pond. The field is mowed once annually to maintain good habitat for a diverse assortment of sparrows. The Sanctuary also is home to many coniferous (Hemlock, white pine and Douglas fir) and deciduous (wild cherry) trees.

The old farmhouse was built in 1887 from white pines growing on the property. The house has a kitchen, bedrooms and indoor plumbing. Beds are available for overnight accommodations. If you wish to stay at the house, contact Sanctuary Chair at 443-534-4891. Dominic can also provide you with the combination to the gate at the entrance.

The many trails at Carey Run guide visitors through each of its habitats. Braddock Road, which runs along the Sanctuary’s southern border, has significant historical importance. Interpretive signs depicting General Braddock’s use of the road during the French and Indian War line the trail. They also describe the flora and fauna found on the property throughout the last 250 years. The signs were created by T.C. Hager as an Eagle Scout project.

With abundant on-site parking available, Carey Run can host large gatherings. This is especially important for the work days held at the Sanctuary each spring. If you wish to participate, please contact Sanctuary Committee Chair.

Individuals: Fees are $7.50 per night for MOS members, $10.00 per night for nonmembers, and $4.00 per night for children to age 18.
Family of related individuals: Fees are $20.00 per night for MOS members and $25.00 per night for nonmembers.
Groups such as schools, clubs, scout troops, etc: Fees are $25.00 for groups up to ten individuals and $3.00 for each additional individual. At least one individual in the group must be a MOS member.

  • Reservations must be made in advance.
  • Follow the procedures on the Check-in/Check-out Form sent to the person in charge.
  • You must bring your own bedding and linens.
  • If you plan to use the wood stove or fireplaces, gather or bring as much wood as you plan to use.
  • Take all your garbage and trash with you. Do not leave it in the wood stove or fireplaces.
  • Please leave a note in the log book describing your stay.
  • Each party is responsible for leaving the sanctuary houses clean and orderly, and closing up according to the respective Check-out procedures.
From Frostburg, go west on I-68 to Route 546 4 miles
Go south on Rt. 546 (Beall School Road) to “T” 1 mile
Turn right to first fork in road 0.25 miles
Take right fork to bend in road 0.5 miles
Turn right on Carey Run Road to wooden bridge 0.25 miles
Cross bridge, turn left to first right 1 block
Turn right and continue to sanctuary house 0.25 miles

Sanctuary Fund Donation Form

The Maryland Ornithological Society (MOS) is pleased to announce that the children of Chandler and Eleanor Robbins have presented MOS with a generous gift of property in Garrett County, to be known as the Chandler and Eleanor Robbins Sanctuary at Red Run. In addition, MOS is purchasing additional land to increase the size of the Irish Grove MOS Sanctuary. Part of the purchase price will come from a bequest from the late Chandler Robbins. To fund the remainder of the purchase price for the Irish Grove land, MOS is seeking donations for its Sanctuary Fund. Donated funds will also provide for ongoing maintenance and operations of the new Robbins Sanctuary at Red Run, as well as the other nine MOS sanctuaries across the state. MOS is a 501(c)(3) charitable organization and all donations are tax-deductible.

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Donation Total: $50.00