Savage Mill Trail

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The Savage Mill Trail in Savage Park travels along the rolling Patuxent River through the grounds of an old cotton mill. In the early 1800s, Savage was a major manufacturing center, harnessing power produced by the falls on the Little and Middle Patuxent rivers. Near the trailhead stands an 1822 textile mill, today renovated as a shopping center where you can buy antiques or grab a picnic lunch to enjoy on the pleasant 1-mile trail.

The trail begins at an old Bollman truss bridge, an iron structure used exclusively by the Baltimore and Ohio Railroad. Built in 1869, the bridge was moved to Savage in 1887. Though the company built about 100 of these bridges before 1873, only two of Mr. Bollman's bridges still exist in the States. The train tracks have been left in place on one side of the bridge, so you can imagine the train passing beside you as you ride or walk over this piece of history.

Most of the trail is paved and flat, but the surface changes to gravel and then dirt before it ends abruptly in the middle of the woods. Although you are near a major highway, and the bustle of the shopping center, the music of the river rolling over large boulders and the white oaks surrounding the trail create the impression that you're in the wilderness.

It's easy to stop and savor the natural oasis at one of the trail's many picnic tables. The Savage Mill Trail is part of a larger, 20-mile system of pathways through Howard County. For a more challenging trip, hit the Patuxent Branch Trail, which begins a few blocks away.

Parking and Trail Access

From Interstate 95, take State Route 32 (Patuxent Parkway) east to merge onto US 1 (Baltimore Washington Blvd.), heading south. Turn right on Gorman Road then left on Foundry Street. The Savage Mill parking lot is on your left.

Reviews

Pleasant surprise

   January, 2013 by jacquesl

Short trail with some nice views. read more

Quick Walk Nice in Fall

   November, 2012 by williamcolquhoun

This is a fairly quick mile with the most portajohns I have ever seen in a mile. Still a nice walk after a meal at Savage Mill. Even in November many people were out walking while several fisherman cast in the Little Patapsco River. Several interesting ...read more

Brian McInnes

   July, 2008 by Scotsman51

I walked this trail fairly recently. I certainly wouldn't have got any satisfaction from cycling here. Just too short. More worrying was the two civillian dressed cops (complete with visibly pistols) who were giving some youngsters a severe talking to. ...read more