Savage River Area Ride
23 August 2016
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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.
Entering Friendsville MD just off I-68.
Friendsville is home to many outdoor sports.
On any nice summer weekend, the streets are packed with rafters, kayakers, bicyclists, etc.
East of Friendsville on Bear Creek Road.
Scenic stream and bridge along Bear Creek Road.
At Kaese Mill (junction of Bear Creek Road and Rt 219) is this marker for a nearby hatchery.
Just a short ride east of Kaese Mill found me at the Bear Creek Trout Station. Quiet and secluded.
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.
One of the areas for the fish.
You can see the rainbow and golden trout together in the tank.
A little closer view of the trout.
After that, it was time to move on. Justin gave me some good directions for scenic routes.
Continuing out Bowman Road east toward Foxtown.
Lots of trees!
At Foxtown, I needed to detour south-east because of a bridge closure.
Just ahead, I turned left onto Legeer Road. Very scenic!
Soon I came out on Rt 495 at Bittinger.
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!**
Better view of the store.
Inside - just like 50 years ago.
The automotive and home section.
After that, it was south-east bound on Frank Brenneman Road.
First, there were trees. Lots of trees.
Still on Frank Brenneman Road - now starting to see some farms.
In just a few more miles, I came to New Germany Road and turned north.
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.
Nice lake in New Germany State Park.
The camping and other activities seemed very clean and family-oriented.
After a few miles on Westernport Road, I turned south on Savage River Road.
Lots of curves and hills (and narrow roads).
Nice stream and 1-lane bridge along Savage River Road.
Another scenic spot.
I wonder how Savage River got its name? Seems pretty tranquil to me.
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.
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.
Best view of the lake in the past 5 miles.
Even the dam is hidden behind trees and fences. I guess they don't cater to photographers.
Between Savage River Dam and Westernport is this scenic rock outcropping.
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.