Big Run State Park is a public recreation area located at the northern end of the Savage River Reservoir, an impoundment of the Savage River, in Garrett County, Maryland.[4] The state park occupies 300 acres (120 ha) in Savage River State Forest and encompasses the confluence of Monroe Run and Big Run.[5] Park activities include boating, fishing, hiking, picknicking, and camping.

Big Run State Park
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Map showing the location of Big Run State Park
Map showing the location of Big Run State Park
Location in Maryland
LocationGarrett, Maryland, United States
Coordinates39°32′42″N 79°08′14″W / 39.54500°N 79.13722°W / 39.54500; -79.13722Coordinates: 39°32′42″N 79°08′14″W / 39.54500°N 79.13722°W / 39.54500; -79.13722[2]
Area300 acres (120 ha)[3]
Elevation1,483 ft (452 m)[2]
OperatorMaryland Department of Natural Resources
WebsiteBig Run State Park


The park originated as the 50-acre (20 ha) Big Run Recreation Area. In 1952, the Maryland State Planning Commission recommended that the "lightly used" recreation area be expanded to take advantage of its location on the reservoir that had been newly created on the Savage River.[6]



The park's climate is similar to mountain weather; cold winters accompanied by mild, humid summers. The park is located within the Western Appalachian Plateau, which gives rise to colder temperatures.[7] The Savage River Reservoir rests in a canyon that experiences high winds, contributing to the weather changes.[8]

  • Average coolest month: January (30-34 °F)
  • Average warmest month: July (74-80 °F)
  • Average wettest month: May[7]

Red-tailed hawk, broad-winged hawk, great-horned owl, screech owl, songbirds, indigo bunting and other forest interior dwellers can be spotted within Big Run.[9] Black bear, bobcat, white-tailed deer and raccoon are among the park's mammalian inhabitants. Grouse, great blue herons, minks, and ducks may be seen seasonally along the reservoir edge.[8]


The park's forests contain oak, hickory and native hardwoods.[8] Trout lilies and spring beauties bloom in April, trilliums and lady slippers in the months of May and June, while rhododendrons, bee balm and cardinal flowers bloom in July.[9]

Activities and amenitiesEdit

The park is accessible on New Germany Road from Interstate 68, Exit 24. It offers primitive campsites, group campsites, youth group campsite, and pavilions. Picnicking facilities are located in the park's day use area. The Savage River Reservoir is used for non-motorized boating, electric motoring, and fishing. Facilities include a boat ramp. Fishermen may find walleye, largemouth bass, crappie, yellow perch, bluegill, suckers and trout. The Monroe Run hiking trail and other trails are accessible from the state park.[4] The adjacent Savage River State Forest has trails for multi-purpose use including snowshoeing or snowmobiling.[8]


  1. ^ "Big Run State Park". Protected Planet. IUCN. Retrieved 1 May 2018.
  2. ^ a b "Big Run State Park". Geographic Names Information System. United States Geological Survey.
  3. ^ "Fiscal Year 2016 DNR Owned Lands Acreage" (PDF). Maryland Department of Natural Resources. July 29, 2016. Archived from the original (PDF) on October 18, 2015. Retrieved October 7, 2016.
  4. ^ a b "Big Run State Park". Maryland Department of Natural Resources. Retrieved May 3, 2013.
  5. ^ "Big Run State Park". Wildernet. Retrieved July 15, 2015.
  6. ^ "Master Plan: Maryland State Parks and Recreation Areas". Maryland State Planning Commission. March 1952. p. 45. Retrieved May 26, 2016.
  7. ^ a b "Overview for Big Run State Park". The Weather Channel. Archived from the original on December 14, 2013. Retrieved April 24, 2013.
  8. ^ a b c d "Savage River State Forest Trail Guide". Maryland Department of Natural Resources. Retrieved July 15, 2015.
  9. ^ a b "Savage River State Forest Mt. Aetna Tract Trail Guide". Maryland Department of Natural Resources. Retrieved July 14, 2015.

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