Casselman River Bridge State Park

Casselman River Bridge State Park is located near Grantsville, Maryland on historic National Road (Route 40). The park spans four acres. It is known for it’s stone bridge, which was one of a kind when it was built in 1813. This park is perfect for anglers, history nuts, and kids. Spruce Forest Artisan Village and Penn Alps Restaurant and Craft Shop are located next to the park.

Grab a picnic basket and enjoy the day in Casselman River Bridge State Park!

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Past and present intersect in Grantsville

This stretch of U.S. 40 in Garrett County includes an artisan village, a stone bridge and a restaurant with a lot of character

June 17, 2014 | By Jonathan Pitts, The Baltimore Sun

GRANTSVILLE — — In a cabin built in the 1750s, just a few hundred feet from a 201-year-old stone bridge across the quiet Casselman River, a man sits at a slab of a wooden table, an array of carving tools spread before him.

The rush of traffic from nearby Alternate U.S. 40, also known as Route 40, does not bother Gary Yoder. Nor does the “thump-thump-thump” of the weaving loom from the cabin next door.

The most celebrated crafter of wooden bird sculptures in Western Maryland is too engrossed to notice.

“What I do is more like an addiction than a career — a healthy one, I hope,” he says, glancing up from a hawk feather he’s carving from a piece of basswood.

Yoder has been practicing his craft at the Spruce Forest Artisans Village — a cluster of working artists’ studios a mile from downtown Grantsville — for 42 of his 55 years.

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Access Currently Restricted To Casselman Bridge

Mar. 8, 2012

The Maryland Park Service (MPS) has restricted access on and around the Casselman River Bridge in Grantsville until further notice because of safety concerns related to the failure of a portion of one wall. MPS installed fencing and signs to prevent public access to the bridge and the surrounding area.

“The closure is a precautionary measure in response to structural deterioration along the west wall of the bridge,” said Jordan Loran, director of the Engineering and Construction Unit of the Maryland Department of Natural Resources (DNR). “While the structure appears to be relatively stable at this time, there is some danger that stones may continue to fall.”


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Engineers conducted a thorough inspection of the bridge last week and determined that the damage is repairable. MPS remains committed to preserving and protecting this historic landmark and will begin the necessary repairs as soon as possible.

The Casselman River Bridge is one of the oldest surviving bridges in the country. The 80-foot stone-arch bridge was originally built in 1813 as part of the old National Road. At the time of its construction, the Cassleman River Bridge was the longest single-span bridge in the United States. The bridge served as an important transportation link until 1933, when a new steel bridge was built nearby. The bridge was closed to vehicles in 1953, and the area became established as a state park in 1957.

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In Need of Major Repairs


As evidenced in this photo taken this morning by Lisa Broadwater, the historic Casselman River Bridge is in great need of repairs. In addition to the damage pictured, which is located on the west side of the downstream face of the 199-year-old structure, the road above is separating from the bridge’s stone wall.


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The 80-foot span bridge is located in the four-acre Casselman River Bridge State Park, located off U.S. Route 40 east of Grantsville. The bridge was completely restored in the 1940s. It has not been used by vehicles for decades, but is open to foot traffic. Park crews recently set up barricades to the bridge and roped off access to the damaged area. Park service engineers were at the site this morning inspecting the damage.

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