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)
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.
Big Run has 29 primitive campsites available year-round.
Sites 60-75 are wooded, with stone dust camping pads. Sites 78-90 are in an open grassy field. See Park Map.
Each campsite has a picnic table and fire ring. Campsites are available on a first-come, first-served basis. A self registration station is located at the bulletin board at the intersection of Big Run Road and Savage River Road. Camp site guests may set-up camp anytime after 3 p.m. Check-out time is 1 p.m.
Pets on a leash are permitted in any of the campsites.
The Monroe Run Group Campsite is available by reservation year-round. The site can accommodate up to 25 people, and includes a large shelter (built by the Civilian Conservation Corps) and three adjoining campsites. The shelter features a stone fireplace and electricity. To make a reservation call 1-888-432-2267 or visit https://parkreservations.maryland.gov.
Youth Group Campsite
The youth group campsite is available by reservation. It has a central camping pad, with a fire ring and picnic table, and a parking area along the road. Tents may be set up on durable surfaces in the site. The site can accommodate up to 25 youth and adults. To make a reservation call 1-888-432-2267 or visit https://parkreservations.maryland.gov.
The lower trailhead of the Monroe Run Trail is located adjacent to campsite 62 at Big Run State Park. A small parking area is available.
The Monroe Run Trail is open to hikers only – no mountain bikes or ATVs.
The Big Run Pavilion is available year-round for weddings, reunions and other large group events. It can accommodate up to 75 people for events between 8:00 a.m. and sunset. Alcohol is permitted with a special permit.
Make a reservation online or call 1-888-432-CAMP.
Picnic tables are available in the day-use area of the park, along Big Run Road at the intersection with Savage River Rd. These tables are available on a first-come, first-served basis.
There is a boat ramp between campsites 83 and 84 at Big Run State Park. Lake levels vary throughout the year, so be aware that you may have to carry your boat several feet. Only electric motors or non-motorized boats are permitted. Gasoline motors must be removed before launching your boat.
Fishing is permitted year-round with a non-tidal fishing license. Fishermen may find walleye, large mouth bass, crappie, yellow perch, bluegill, catfish, suckers, and trout. There is a brief lake closure each spring when trout stocking begins. A trout stamp is required to possess trout.
Leave No Trace
Maryland State Parks are proud community partners of LEAVE NO TRACE CENTER FOR OUTDOOR ETHICS. Everyone is advised to comply with the following:
PLAN AHEAD AND PREPARE
TRAVEL AND CAMP ON DURABLE SURFACES
DISPOSE OF WASTE PROPERLY
LEAVE WHAT YOU FIND
MINIMIZE CAMPFIRE IMPACTS
BE CONSIDERATE OF OTHER VISITOR
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