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Explore a very remote and wild stream valley of Savage River State Forest. The trail runs between New Germany State Park and Big Run State Park.

The Monroe Run Hiking Trail runs between New Germany and Big Run State Park. There is trailhead parking and an overlook at the New Germany parking lot. If traveling to Big Run State Park, begin from the campground. Either way, this is an enjoyable 6-mile hike through some of Maryland's loveliest stream valley. Because the trail dips into a valley, temperatures drop as well as man-made noise. The southern end of the trail experiences more traffic due to its campground location. At the northern end of the trail, be sure to notice the old Civilian Conservation Corps' wooden guardrails dotting the road. The trail is lush with huge old oaks, colorful poplars, stately hemlock and dense rhododendron, all favorable habitat for a variety of songbirds along with a flurry of fur-bearing mammals including black bear. There are at least 22 stream crossings depending on the rainfall. None of the crossings have footbridges. Wet feet can be expected. Primitive camping is permitted as well as family camping at the south end of the trail. If camping in the backcountry, please respect the philosophy of "leave no trace." Permits are required and may be obtained by calling 1-888-432-2267. The trail is open year-round.

Directions: From New Germany, MD, Travel west along New Germany Road about 5 miles to reach trailhead parking. The trail travels southbound to Big Run State Park.

Elevation: 2,500 feet

Elevation Gain: 1,100 feet

Difficulty: Moderate

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Big Run State Park, Maryland

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