Take I-68 west through Cumberland, Maryland. Continue to Exit 29. Travel south on Beall School Rd. 1 mile to “T” intersection. Turn right onto Frostburg Rd. Travel .1 mile to a “Y” intersection and bear left on Frostburg Rd. Continue 2.6 miles, turn right onto Mt.Aetna Rd. and proceed to parking at end of paved road.
See Savage River State Forest for trail regulations and other important information.
The scenic 700 acre Mt. Aetna Tract area in the northeast corner of the Savage River State Forest offers opportunities for birdwatching, hiking and mountain biking. Heavy winter snowfalls, typical in this area of western Maryland are ideal for snowshoeing and cross-country skiing and other winter sports.
Bird species include the ovenbird, indigo bunting, red-tailed hawk and great horned owl. The hardwood forest and small stream habitat is home to the colorful long-tailed salamander. It's bright orange to red color with black dots make identification easy. If you spot one, please do not disturb this sensitive creature. Spring beauties and trout lilies bloom in April, pink lady slippers and trilliums during May and early June and the white blossoms of the Rhododendrons in July. The native hardwoods make a spectacular show of red, orange, yellow and purple color in the fall.
The Savage River Lodge owns 45 acres of land within the Mt. Aetna Tract. The lodge has 18 luxury cabins, a gourmet restaurant and bar, gift shop, fly fishing shop, Nordic Ski Center and access to professional guide services. The facility is only open to guests who are staying, dining or using an outdoor service. Visitors should register at the front desk.
Mt Aetna Tract Trails
Mt Aetna Trail: 3.2 miles. Intermediate
Cabin Trail:2.3 miles. Intermediate
Tall Oaks Trail: 1.2 miles. Intermediate
Savage River Trail: .2 miles. Beginner
Mudlick Run Trail Trail: .6 miles. Intermediate
For more information:
Topographical, water and rip resistant detailed trail maps (recommended) can be purchased via phone, online or in person at:
Savage River State Forest
Phone: (301) 895-5453
Savage River Lodge
Phone: (301) 689-3200