Western Maryland

 

Savage River Area Ride

Garrett County

 

23 August 2016

 

 

Furkot823WMD1.jpg

Link To Interactive Map - CLICK HERE

 

 

Our ride begins in Friendsville MD, just off I-68 Exit 4.  From there, we meander east and south-east towards New Germany State Park, then south along the Savage River to Westernport MD. These were all new roads for me, and I discovered some interesting things along the way.

 

 

 

823WMD01.jpg

Entering Friendsville MD just off I-68.

 

 

 

 

823WMD02.jpg

Friendsville is home to many outdoor sports. 

On any nice summer weekend, the streets are packed with rafters, kayakers, bicyclists, etc.

 

 

 

 

 

 

823WMD03.jpg

East of Friendsville on Bear Creek Road.

 

 

 

 

823WMD04.jpg

Scenic stream and bridge along Bear Creek Road.

 

 

 

 

823WMD05.jpg

At Kaese Mill (junction of Bear Creek Road and Rt 219) is this marker for a nearby hatchery.

 

 

 

 

823WMD06.jpg

Just a short ride east of Kaese Mill found me at the Bear Creek Trout Station.  Quiet and secluded.

 

 

 

823WMD07.jpg

Justin was the only worker there this morning, and was very helpful and professional.

He told me they raise over 60K rainbow and golden trout to stock streams and lakes in the area.

 

 

 

823WMD08.jpg

One of the areas for the fish. 

 

 

 

 

823WMD09.jpg

You can see the rainbow and golden trout together in the tank.

 

 

 

 

 

823WMD10.jpg

A little closer view of the trout.

 

After that, it was time to move on. Justin gave me some good directions for scenic routes.

 

 

 

 

823WMD11.jpg

Continuing out Bowman Road east toward Foxtown.

 

 

 

 

 

823WMD12.jpg

Lots of trees!

 

 

 

 

823WMD13.jpg

At Foxtown, I needed to detour south-east because of a bridge closure.

Just ahead, I turned left onto Legeer Road. Very scenic!

 

 

 

 

823WMD14.jpg

Soon I came out on Rt 495 at Bittinger.

 

 

 

 

823WMD15.jpg

At that same intersection is this interesting old country store. 

That's the owner, Gary, in the door.

**The store and the house next door are for sale!**

 

 

 

 

823WMD16.jpg

Better view of the store.

 

 

 

 

823WMD17.jpg

Inside - just like 50 years ago.

 

 

 

 

 

823WMD18.jpg

The automotive and home section.

 

 

 

 

823WMD19.jpg

After that, it was south-east bound on Frank Brenneman Road.

First, there were trees. Lots of trees.

 

 

 

 

823WMD20.jpg

Still on Frank Brenneman Road - now starting to see some farms.

 

 

 

 

 

823WMD21.jpg

In just a few more miles, I came to New Germany Road and turned north.

 

 

 

 

 

823WMD22.jpg

About 6 or 8 miles north is New Germany State Park.

I turned here onto McAndrews Hill Road that takes me through the park to join Westernport Road.

 

 

 

 

823WMD23.jpg

Nice lake in New Germany State Park. 

The camping and other activities seemed very clean and family-oriented.

 

 

 

 

823WMD24.jpg

After a few miles on Westernport Road, I turned south on Savage River Road.

 

 

 

 

 

823WMD25.jpg

Lots of curves and hills (and narrow roads).

 

 

 

 

823WMD26.jpg

Nice stream and 1-lane bridge along Savage River Road.

 

 

 

 

 

823WMD27.jpg

Another scenic spot.

I wonder how Savage River got its name? Seems pretty tranquil to me.

 

 

 

 

823WMD28.jpg

At the Savage River Reservoir, there were thick layers of trees the entire length between the road and water.

Absolutely nowhere to get a photo of the lake. Disappointing. 

 

 

 

 

823WMD29.jpg

The rows of trees to the left block any view of the water.

I did see a young black bear cross the road in front of me just a mile earlier.

 

 

 

 

823WMD30.jpg

Best view of the lake in the past 5 miles.

 

 

 

823WMD31.jpg

Even the dam is hidden behind trees and fences.  I guess they don't cater to photographers.

 

 

 

 

 

823WMD32.jpg

Between Savage River Dam and Westernport is this scenic rock outcropping.

 

 

 

 

 

823WMD33.jpg

Piedmont WV - just below Westernport MD. 

 

It was fun to explore new roads.  I'll be doing more exploring in Garrett County MD again!

 

Hope you will join me.

 

 

Back To Motorcycles Page