With quiet forests and clear mountain streams, Western Maryland is the place to be for fly fishing. If you want to go for trophys or just want to experience the meditative "zen" of fly fishing, we'll get you hooked.
As the only lodge in Maryland endorsed by Trout Unlimited, SRL is right in the middle of four trophy rivers, and we will fish whichever one is running the best when you visit. Better still, we only offer private and semi-private outings, regardless of your skill level. You'll be amazed at what you'll learn and the relationship you'll develop with the river.
Guided Wade Trips Full Day - $300 for one person, $125 for each additional Half Day - $175 for one person, $100 for each additional
Introduction to Fly-Fishing Class Full Day - $300 for one person, $125 for each additional Half Day - $175 for one person, $100 for each additional
Full Day classes and trips include lunch, equipment rental, and shuttle service to the Savage, Casselman, North Branch, or Youghiogheny Rivers. Half Day outings are held March to June on the Casselman with morning or afternoon sessions available, and include equipment and shuttle service. Guests also receive a complimentary one-year membership to Trout Unlimited.
*To secure a guide for your trip, we do require a non-refundable 50% deposit. If SRL is forced to cancel a trip or class due to water levels or unsafe weather conditions, your deposit is transferrable to a future fishing trip or may be credited toward your accommodations. Maryland fishing license with trout stamp is required, and must be obtained prior to arrival. Please visit Maryland DNR's website or call them at 1-855-855-3906 for purchasing information.
Bike the Great Allegheny Passage
The Great Allegheny Passage is a 150-mile hiking & biking trail between Cumberland, MD and Pittsburgh, PA. Built mainly on abandoned railroad beds, the trail surface is smooth, packed crushed limestone and the grade rarely exceeds 1.75% westbound and .8% eastbound. Trip highlights include crossing the Eastern Continental Divide through the Big Savage Tunnel, the soaring Salisbury Viaduct, and many miles hugging the Youghiogheny River including Ohiopyle Falls.
As our guest, we will shuttle you and your bikes from points along the trail between Ohiopyle, PA and Paw Paw, WV including Confluence, Rockwood, Deal, Meyersdale, Frostburg, and Cumberland. Once you arrive, check into your cabin, freshen up and head to the main Lodge for a cocktail prior to dinner.
On a through-ride of the GAP? Consider building in a rest day and treat yourself to an in-cabin or in-yurt massage to sooth your sore muscles.
Half the GAP Expedition (Mar - Nov) $230 for two people, $175 for each additional person Cover 75 miles of the Great Allegheny Passage Trail over two days, between Ohiopyle, PA and Cumberland, MD. Package includes shuttle service, two packed lunches each day, and two souvenir water bottles. 50% deposit required when booking. Need bikes? Rent from our friends at Golden Triangle Bike Rental in Pittsburgh.
The Lodge is situated on 43 acres of private property, nestled in the middle of the Mt. Aetna Tract of the Savage River State Forest. Through a cooperative agreement with the State of Maryland, the Lodge maintains 14 miles of trails throughout their property and the Savage River State Forest. The diverse loop trails offer hours of enjoyment and opportunities to enjoy nature at its finest.
Western Maryland has a wealth of trail systems available for hiking. At the other end of Garrett County, Garrett State Forest has a 7-mile trail system that connects into Swallow Falls and Herrington Manor State Parks. You can see a comprehensive list at the Garrett Trails website.
The Savage River Lodge's location is unique for outdoor enthusiasts, as we are within driving distance to the highest points in Maryland (Backbone Mountain), West Virginia (Spruce Knob) and Pennsylvania (Mount Davis). Our guest services representatives would be happy to recommend their favorite hikes to you, here or elsewhere!
Geocaching is one of the latest and greatest forms of recreation to come out of the information technology age. It's like a modern day treasure hunt!
Individuals and organizations hide caches all over the world and use GPS coordinates to find them, then exchange information about the locations online. A cache may contain a wide variety of rewards for the finder. All the visitor needs to remember is if they take something from the cache, they should leave something for the next visitor.
If you haven't tried Geocaching we will be happy to introduce you. Our "Wine Cache" training gives you basic instruction on how to use a GPS unit and coordinates for 4 caches located close to the Lodge. If you find all 4 caches (and bring back proof) you will get a coupon for a glass of wine. It's a great way to reward yourself for learning a new sport and hiking in the woods.
Wine Cache - $35 for rental and training of two GPS units
There are nearly 100 caches within ten miles of SRL, and eight in our woods alone. To see a map of area geocaches visit www.geocaching.com
The Cornucopia Café
SRL's sister venture in nearby Grantsville, The Cornucopia Café serves a fresh menu centered around regional fare featuring breakfast, lunch and dinner daily. We’ve gathered our favorite recipes into a scrumptious selection of quiche, panini, fresh pasta, soup, salad and stir-fry, and included a bar with craft beer and wine. Visit the to-go counter for specialty coffee and food to take along on your morning commute, or for a satisfying mid-day pick-me-up.
Outdoor riverview seating will provide ample space for your next book club gathering, get-together with friends for a glass of wine or a lunch meeting with colleagues.
Welcome to Grant's Mercantile, a shopping destination. Shop to your heart's content for lifestyle accessories including scarves, handbags, and jewelry, lotions, candles, garden gear, cooking essentials, and specialty foods. Located in an old, remodeled barn near the Casselman River, make a day of it and stroll over to The Cornucopia Café for a delicious pick-me-up. Wander a little further across Casselman River Bridge State Park, through the historic log cabin artist studios of Spruce Forest Artisan Village, or browse heritage crafts at Penn Alps Craft Shop.
OPEN DAILY | 9am to 5pm 146 Casselman Road, Grantsville, MD 301-895-5495
Cross Country Skiing
Start with access to over 700 acres of forest: add 13 miles of trails -- some easy, some not; cover with snow from December through March; provide shelter, a fire and a restaurant; and you've got top-notch cross-country skiing!
A $10 facility fee (included in your room rate if you are staying overnight at the Lodge) gives you access to more than a forest of skiing possibilities: a trail map, trails both groomed and ungroomed for beginners and skiers of all skill levels. We have ski equipment rentals (see below) and offer lessons.
CROSS COUNTRY SKI RENTALS Adult $35 per day Child $15 per day
CROSS COUNTRY SKI LESSONS $30 per person full lesson (approximately 45 minutes), available from 10:00 a.m. to Noon or at 2:00 p.m.
$10 per person mini lesson (approximately 15 minutes), available any time
“If you can walk, you can snowshoe” is true saying! Snowshoeing is easy to learn, poses little risk of injury and is a great way to hike in the snow. Our equipment comes in all sizes, so any member of your family and join you out on the trails.
Snow Shoe Rental Adult $25 per day Child $15 per day