New Germany State Park, Grantsville

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New Germany State Park is a public recreation area covering adjacent to Savage River State Forest in Garrett County, Maryland. The state park is administered by the Maryland Department of Natural Resources.HistoryThe park's lake was created when settlers John and Charles Swauger dammed Poplar Lick Run to create water power for the operation of a sawmill and grist mill. The lake was expanded to thirteen acres when the Civilian Conservation Corps replaced the original dam with a larger one. The CCC was active in the park from 1933 until 1942, maintaining forest roads, planting trees, and adding day-use facilities including bathhouse, gazebo, and picnic shelters. The CCC also built cabins for overnight stays and slopes that created the state's first ski resort. The CCC's recreation hall and officers quarters are still in use in the park.Activities and amenitiesThe park's 13acre lake offers fishing, swimming, and a boat launch for canoeing and non–gas-powered boating. The park's of trails are used for hiking, biking, and cross-country skiing. Other amenities include cabins, campsites, nature center, snack bar, and picnicking facilities. Nature programs and kayak rentals are offered in summer.
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  • Enjoyed a visit on a trip to Deep Creek. Has a nice swimming area and some walking trails to enjoy, We did not rent a cabin, but that was a possibility. A good place to stretch your legs to break up a...  more »
  • Visited this State Park for the first time in 30 years. It has not changed very much. I took my family there for a summer vacation many times . It is one of the best parks I ever visited. The cabins a...  more »
  • This state park has about 10 cabins for rent, a nice beach and some semi primative camping spots. Nice picnic area and playground.  more »
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  • Great park with large tent sites. Close to Deep Creek and great fishing on the Savage and Castleman rivers nearby.
  • Very few people know about this wonderful state park. Great for getting away from the crowds.
  • Nice hike and super cute lake with shadow on the beach and a super cheap snack bar with great ice-cream
  • My wife and I got married here. Beautiful park, very nice accommodations. Great day was had by all!
  • Beautiful, quiet, great place for parties and reunions. Great place to take the kids, if you want to spend some quality one on one with them, but don't tell them there's no cell service. :-)

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