Savage River State Forest
127 Headquarters Lane
Location - The state forest is in
central and eastern Garrett
County, off Interstate 68.
Savage River State Forest, at over
54,000 acres, is the largest facility in the state forest system. It
preserves a strategic watershed in Garrett County.
Trail maps are
available at the forest office, for all trails, including the 10 miles
of cross country ski trails. The forest is classified as a mixed
hardwood forest. More than 12,000 acres of the forest has been
designated as Wildlands.
Biking trails, boat launch,
cross country skiing, campsites, fishing, flat water canoeing, hiking
trail, historic interest, hunting, picnic, riding trails, shelters,
snowmobiling, white water canoeing. Pets are permitted but must be
under control at all times.
- 52 primitive roadside sites are available. Self register for these
sites at the Headquarters Office or at any of the six
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. 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 any of the six self-registration sites on
the forest, by filling out an envelope, enclosing the appropriate
payment ($5/ 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.
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
Again Leave No Trace guidelines apply to backpack
camping as well. The day use of the area is free.
- Trail maps are available at the park office, for all trails,
including the 10 miles of cross-country ski trails at New Germany
The Big Savage Trail
is now open to hikers. Maintenance is ongoing, as a result of the ice
storm damage which occured during the Fall of 2002 and the winter of
2003. Volunteer groups are needed to assist in the cleanup process of
- Mountain bikes are allowed on all hiking trails except for Monroe
Run and Big Savage. Visitors can ride non-motorized bikes on many of
the trails and roads in the state forest but are asked to exercise
extreme caution, especially on blind curves.
- A permit may be obtained at the Savage River office to backpack and
camp in the state forest.
- Snowmobile and off-the-road vehicle (ORV) operators must have a
current Department of Natural Resources (DNR) ORV sticker, available
at the state forest headquarters. ORV operators are restricted to use
of designated ORV trails. Open riding is not permitted.
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