Big Run State Park is located in Grantsville, Maryland a little south of the Pennsylvania border. The park is a major hub for camping in the state. It is over 300 acres in size and offers a lot of activities for casual and avid outdoorsmen. The park is home to Savage River Reservoir which offers visitors the opportunity to enjoy boating and fishing. In addition to all of the activities, there are many areas where you can enjoy great scenery and catch a glimpse of wildlife.
Big Run State Park offers some of the best camping areas in Maryland. There are 29 different campsites for families in the park. Some are located in wooded areas while others are located in the meadows. Reservations are not required for these campsites, and you can choose which type of campsite suits you best. Each campsite is equipped with a fire pit and picnic area. In addition to these campsites, you can also rent the Monroe Run Pavilion year round. This site does require reservations. It includes a shelter equipped with electricity and three surrounding camping areas so that you can enjoy the outdoor experience along with some modern comforts. The pavilion can accommodate up to 25 people which makes it great for a large group outing. There is also a camping area designated for youth camps.
Hiking is also very popular at Big Run State park. The park is a trailhead for Monroe Run, an impressive six mile long trail through various forms of wilderness. Monroe Run takes you through both wooded and grassy areas. It’s not particularly tough physically, but its length guarantees a great workout if you go on the whole route. You will be able to enjoy the natural beauty as well as catch glimpses of many birds and mammals. Monroe Trail does not permit horses, bikes, or any other vehicle. Only hikers are permitted on the trail.
Savage River Reservoir is the hub for boating and fishing at Big Run State Park. If you have a license, you can fish at the park year round. Trout, bass, catfish, and many more species are present in the water. The reservoir is stocked with trout each season in an effort to provide fishers with better opportunities to make catches. There are a large number of great areas to fish as well as areas geared toward fly fishing. If you prefer boating, the reservoir has one large launch area as well as many other areas where you can bring your boat in to the water. Gas motors are not allowed in the water. Only electric boats and non-motored boats will be allowed. Water levels differ among the seasons but large boats are not recommended. The reservoir also has plenty of areas for canoeing and kayaking. These activities are very popular in the summer months. There are several area businesses that will allow you to rent equipment if needed. Swimming is not allowed anywhere in the reservoir.
If you want to spend the day at the park, there are many picnic areas. These areas do not require reservations and there are a good number of tables to choose from. If you have a large group, you can reserve a pavilion that accommodates about one hundred people. In addition, private functions such as wedding and reunions can be held at Savage River Pavilion. These functions can include alcohol if you have a proper permit.
Big Run State Park is a park without any bells and whistles. There aren’t a lot of amenities, so you can make your camping experience a truly rustic one. Boating and fishing are great in the park, and Monroe Run is one of the best hiking trails in the area. The park is full of trees, plants, and animals so that you can enjoy a casual nature walk. It’s a great place to spend the day with the family. If you are interested in a fishing trip but not camping, there are hotels and cabins available in the surrounding area. If you have any questions regarding park policies or reservations, Big Run State Park can be reached at 301-895-5453.