Monroe Run Trail, Savage River State Forest

Grantsville, Maryland 21536

Monroe Run Trail, Savage River State Forest

Monroe Run Trail, Savage River State Forest Professional Review and Guide

"A creekside hike into a very remote, wild stream valley covered in a canopy of hard- woods and hemlocks. There are twenty-two stream crossings, some on bridges, many by rock hopping. On an autumn weekday in late afternoon, you are as likely to see a black bear as another person. With the casual terrain of the trail, this hike can be covered in a couple of hours of walking. To truly enjoy it, however, plan on at least twice that long.

This is one of the wildest stream canyons in Maryland, and because it offers no loop options without a road walk, one of the quietest. Because the trail descends into the canyon, there is no intrusion of noise from outside activity. This trail has many stream crossings that are subject to flooding, and there are no constructed bridges (there are a few simple log bridges). Most of the time, all the crossings can be managed with the only consequence being an occasional wet boot."

Monroe Run Trail, Savage River State Forest Reviews

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Very nice and quiet hike. Didn't see or hear anyone else. Can't wait to go back next fall when the foliage is still on the trees and the wet feet aren't so cold.
My two kids and I really enjoyed this trail. It was not well marked at the head of the trail. We neglected to get specifics at the ranger's office (my bad). For those that care to know. 1. From the parking lot proceed north past the yellow barrier made of 4x4's along the power line easement about a tenth of a mile and look carefully into the forest on the right. 2. At that point you will see the sign for Monroe Trail. It is the begining of a beautiful hike that falls 500 feet in about 1 1/2 miles to Monroe Run. The creek is fantastic at this time of year for young children. My 6 and 8 year old had no trouble with the crossings even with 15 pound packs. Finding a level spot suitable for a campsite the required 30 feet away from the trail was a little tricky. The hills on either side of the creek quickly rise 500 feet. The second day we hiked down to Savage River Reservoir and back. It was beautiful. We saw signs of bears and deer, but not the real deal. We weren't the quietest hikers though. Butterflies, catapillars, frogs, toads, and a cool orange salamander all showed up for us. The creek crossings were fine at this level, but another 6 inches or so and it would have been different. Remember the 500 foot climb coming out. It is all up hill for 1 1/2 miles.

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Trail Information

Nearby City
1,100 feet
Elevation Gain
Trail Type
Skill Level
April - November; winter on snowshoes
Savage River Complex
Local Contacts
USGS Bittinger, Maryland
Local Maps

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Jul 2018