Hike the Big Savage Mountain Trail

a rock outcropping in a deciduous forest with ferns along a blazed footpath

The Big Savage Mountain Trail, managed by Maryland Dept. of Natural Resources, is an 18-mile footpath providing outstanding views of the high points in western Maryland. Best traversed north to south, the Trail is a challenging one-day hike or can be an overnight; a permit for backpacking is available from the Forest office. The Trail is part of the Eastern Continental Divide Loop, a multi-modal adventure recognized as a segment of the Potomac Heritage National Scenic Trail.

Dependent on ability and choosing a one- or two-day trip. 

The trail has seen little use in recent years due to extensive blowdowns following an ice storm.  While Forest Service staff have improved the trail considerably, users should remember to follow rail blazes. Part of the Eastern Continental Divide Loop, see "Day 6" of "Do the Loop" on the Garrett Trails Web page. 

Entrance fees may apply, see Fees & Passes information.

The northern trailhead is approximately one mile south of the Deal exit on Interstate 68 . The southern trailhead is at the eastern end of Big Savage Reservoir.   

Overnight camping requires a permit. 

Last updated: July 6, 2017