Wrong Side of the Fence

© 2010 Adam Kenneth Campbell


Savage River State Forest
Bloomington, Maryland
United States


N 39°32’16.3″
W 79°07’18.6″

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This is an image from a camping trip back in 2010. I was invited to go camping this weekend in the Savage River State Forest of Maryland, a tradition amongst my adventuring friends for several years now. The Savage River Reservoir within the forest is a 2 hour drive from Pittsburgh, Washington, D.C., Baltimore, and the surrounding areas.

On this outing, some friends and I discovered a trail going up a mountain only accessible from the opposite side of the lake from the canoe launches. After paddling across the reservoir and hiking to the top of this trail, we realized we were walking through a cow pasture after we came up to a barbed wire fence and noticed all the cow shit was on the side of the fence WE were on. A lot of farms in the Appalachian mountains don’t fence off the backs of their pastures when they are up against rough terrain or bodies of water. It was an interesting hike to say the least. The view from this meadow was awesome, and rarely seen by most people who explore this region. The colors of the mountains, meadow, and the sky were perfect as we were hiking back down to the lake and this was my favorite photo from the outing.

The Savage River Reservoir is a 360 acre storage reservoir in northwest Maryland. It was completed in 1952 by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers who also currently maintain it. The reservoir was formed by the Savage Dam which impounds the Savage River. The reservoir itself has a maximum capacity of 31,800 acre feet (39,200,000 m3) and is used for flood control and municipal drinking. Camping opportunities abound throughout the surrounding Savage River State Forest, both at Big Run State Park and several dispersed campsites throughout the state forest.


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