With 300 acres in Garrett County, Big Run State Park offers rustic camping opportunities with 29 primitive campsites and a youth group camping area. Situated at the mouth of the Savage River Reservoir, the park is 16 miles from exit 24 off Interstate 68.

The park is actually surrounded by the acreage of Savage River State Forest and so visitors to the area have an even wider array of recreational opportunities with the facilities at all of these public land sites in Western Maryland. With a boat launch, Big Run is a popular base camp for outdoor-lovers intent on fishing, camping, hiking or hunting. Big Run is the trailhead for a six-mile hiking trail, known as Monroe Run. There is a rental picnic pavilion which can accommodate 75 people available by reservation. This is a Maryland State Park.

Pets are allowed in the Big Run State Park campground and day use areas in the park as long as they are on a leash under control of the owner and not disturbing other park visitors. Restrooms – Big Run has two waterless toilet facilities, one at the intersection of Big Run Road and Savage River Road, and the other along Big Run Road, near the Monroe Run Pavilion.


Big Run State Park Maryland
10368 Savage River Rd, Swanton, MD 21561, United States



8 am – Sunset


Day-use Admission Fee: No fee


Charges (Base rate does not include transaction or other applicable fees)

Primitive campsite (first-come, first-served): $10

Group campsite (25-person capacity): $55.50

Youth group campsite (25-person capacity): $0 with the Maryland Park Service youth group pass​ (required)


Capacity – 75 people

Charge (Base rate does not include transaction or other applicable fees)



Contact Details

Phone: (301) 895-5453

Official Website: Big Run State Park Maryland


Area Attractions

Suggested Equipment for Big Run State Park:


The following activities within the park should be done with utmost caution. Make sure that you have the proper protective gear and equipment necessary to make your adventures safe and accident-free. We advise you to read the TIPS underneath each activity to serve as a guide on what you may need to bring in order to enjoy your stay fully.

Activities & Tips


Big Run State Park is a must-visit state park in Maryland. Check out other state parks in Maryland here.

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