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. 

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