Big Run State Park

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Big Run State Park


(301) 895-5453

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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.

Drinking Water - Potable water is not available at Big Run State Park. Please plan ahead and bring drinking water.

Map of Big Run (MD)

Latitude, Longitude: 39.544061, -79.138241



  • Boating

    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.

  • Camping

    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. Each campsite has a picnic bench and fire ring. Campsites are available on a first-come, first-served basis. A self registration station is located in the lower camping area, along Savage River Road. Pets are permitted in any of the campsites, on a leash.

  • Fishing

    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.

  • Hiking

    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.

  • Historic Sites

    Historic sites can be found along hiking trails.

  • Picnicking

    Picnic tables are available in the Day Use area of the park, along Big Run Road at the intersection with Savage River Road. These tables are available on a first-come, first-served basis.



From Interstate 68, take Exit 22. Follow Chestnut Ridge Road south 2 miles to the end, and turn left on New Germany Road. Follow New Germany Road south five miles, and make a left on Big Run Road. Follow Big Run Road east five miles to the end. The park is located at the intersection of Big Run Road and Savage River Road. Campsites--numbered 60 through 90--are located at the intersection and along Big Run Road.

Phone Numbers


(301) 895-5453

Campground reservations

(301) 895-5453