At a glance

Size: 85.8 Acres
Habitat: Hardwood forests and wetlands.
Trails: Yes.
Notable birds seen: Alder Flycatcher, Ruffed Grouse.
Parking: Yes*.
Facilities on site: NA
eBird: https://ebird.org/hotspot/L5853813

Additional Notes

*This sanctuary is land-locked and can only be accessed by foot. There is space for several cars near the train tracks by Altamont Tower Rd.

Caroline W. Wilson Sanctuary (Garrett County)

In 1988, MOS received this 85.8-acre Sanctuary as a gift from The Nature Conservancy. Located at the headwaters of the Little Youghiogheny River, it has a high-quality stream running through it fed by five smaller streams. It is entirely wooded with some shrubby wetlands near the southern end. The forested land consists of a mesic hardwood community grading into drier White Oak woods. About one-fourth is wetlands.

The property is land-locked with the only access to it from the railroad tracks that run parallel to the north boundary. Neighbors of the Sanctuary have maintained an old road on the property for use as a dirt bike and ATV trail. Though this is not an ideal situation, we would not have trails without their intervention. As such, MOS has developed a symbiotic relationship with the neighbors.

Directions to Caroline W. Wilson Sanctuary

From I-70 W
Exit onto I-68 W/40 W toward Cumberland 58 miles
Exit onto US 219 N 0.6 miles
Turn left onto Chestnut Ridge Rd. 2.7 miles
Turn left onto New Germany Rd. 9.8 miles
Turn left onto MD 495 S 10 miles
Turn left onto MD 135 0.5 miles
Turn right onto Altamont Tower Rd. 0.4 miles

Turn right toward train tracks. Parking is available on the right.

Donate to the MOS Sanctuary Fund

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.

You may donate online, below. To donate offline, you may use the download the Sanctuary Fund donation form.

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