SAVAGE RIVER STATE FOREST
SAVAGE RIVER STATE FOREST
127 Headquarters Lane
Grantsville, Maryland 21536
Savage River State Forest
Savage River State Forest, at 52,812 acres, is the largest facility in the state forest and park system. It preserves a strategic watershed in Garrett County. Trail maps are available at the park office, for all trails, including the 10 miles of cross country ski trails. The forest is classified as a northern hardwood forest. About 2,700 acres of the forest has been designated as Big Savage Wildland. This is a Maryland State Forest. For full information go to the official webpage. (Link on the right side)
FACILITIES AND ACTIVITIES OVERVIEW
52 primitive roadside sites are available. Self register for these sites at the Headquarters Office or at self-registration sites on the forest. You must register for the campsite within the first hour of occupancy. Campsites are limited to no more than 6 people per site, and no more than two camping units (tent , dining canopy, pop up, RV, or combination thereof) and two vehicles per site. All of your equipment and vehicles must fit within the designated campsite pad and driveway. If your party/ equipment exceeds this amount you will need to register for/ occupy two sites. Leave No Trace standards apply to all campsites as we try to accommodate use while minimizing our impact on the soils and vegetation in these areas.
Backpack camping is also permitted throughout the forest. Self register for these sites at the Headquarters Office or at self-registration sites on the forest, by filling out an envelope, enclosing the appropriate payment ($10/ night/ site) and enclosing a trip itinerary and the names of the people in your party. The same restrictions apply as listed above in terms of numbers of people and tents per site. Campfires are permitted in most areas of the forest. However, Wildland regulations prohibit the use of campfires in these 12,000 primitive acres of the forest for safety issues and to minimize impact of these fragile and sensitive areas. Be sure to check area maps for Wildland boundaries so that if you are backpack camping in a Wildlands area you are not building campfires. Again Leave No Trace guidelines apply to backpack camping as well.
For those who like to fish for wild trout...this is the place to be Savage River Outfitters is a full line Orvis Dealer and Fly Shop with vacation rentals located on the Savage River in Western Maryland. Call ahead to book a half or full day wade trip or fly fishing instructions.
11.7 miles from park*