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

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.

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.

Sanctuary Fund Donation Form

The Maryland Ornithological Society (MOS) appreciates donations designated to the Sanctuary Fund, which supports the ongoing maintenance and operations of the ten MOS sanctuaries, as well as for acquisition of additional lands. MOS is a 501(c)(3) charitable organization and all donations are tax-deductible.

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