Savage River State Forest

Contact: 301-895-5759Autumn in Savage River State Forest

Garrett County

Office:
127 Headquarters Lane
Grantsville, MD 21536

Office Hours: 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. – Monday through Friday

ALERT: As per Governor Hogan’s amended stay-at-home order​, on Thursday, May 7, 2020, the Maryland Forest Service has reopened the public shooting ranges at Green Ridge, Savage River, and Elk Neck State Forests and other recreational activities such as camping and equestrian use with certain c​onditions. Please read and follow these conditions for the safety of all visitors and staff, and so that these facilities can remain open for public use.​​

See Shooting Range Guidance​​​

The southern section of the Big Savage Hiking Trail has been rerouted to avoid the area of unstable ground and is again open for visitors. Hiking Trail Reroute Map.

Welcome to Savage River State Forest. Savage River State Forest is approximately 55,185 acres in size and is situated in the northeastern quadrant of Garrett County in Western Maryland. It is a second growth mixed hardwood forest dominated by oak species, sugar and red maple, black cherry, hickory and ash. Savage River State Forest has been intensively managed over the last nine decades. Forest harvests and grooming operations are undertaken to thin overstocked stands, to effectively deal with public concerns, to harvest mature or disease/dying trees, to improve habitat for certain wildlife species, to assist and provide for certain research needs, to address aesthetic concerns and to increase the proportion of age/height diversity of forested stands.

Savage River State Forest visitors can enjoy hiking, biking, boat/canoeing, ORV trail riding, firewood cutting, fishing, hunting, snowmobiling, cross-country skiing and primitive camping. Savage River also has a public shooting range which is open 365 days a year from sunrise to sunset. (Call office to check for occasional closures.) Many areas of the forest have been designated as State Wildlands, ensuring the preservation of unique natural resources. Forest regulations are posted throughout the State Forest on bulletin boards. A kiosk located outside the headquarters can be visited 24 hours a day to obtain self-registration firewood cutting permits, self-registration camping permits, self-registration yearly shooting range permits and general information. Additional information and brochures can be obtained by calling the forest headquarters at 301-895-5759.

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