The lovely Casselman River flows 56 miles in a broad arc from the mountains of Western Maryland, past Meyersdale, Rockwood, and eventually to Confluence, where it meets the Youghiogheny River. On its path, it passes underneath the Salisbury Viaduct and the Pinkerton High and Low Bridges, and gathers water from seven major tributaries, including Flaugherty Run and Laurel Hill Creek. The Great Allegheny Passage runs roughly parallel to it from Meyersdale to Confluence. A stretch of the Casselman River between Garrett and Confluence supports stocked trout and smallmouth bass fisheries, and several sections of the river offer Class I, II, and III whitewater recreation paddling in the spring months. Rhododendron, mountain laurel, and wildflowers dot the river valley and capture GAP travelers’ attention in the spring and summer.
Parking and Boat Access
There are several convenient boating and fishing access points on the Casselman River, including Garrett, Rockwood, Markleton, and Fort Hill. The closest parking access to the Casselman River along the GAP are at those locations, or at the trailhead in Confluence.