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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  • Nice little lake with Sandy Beach and roped in area for swimming. Small play set for kids. Canoes and paddle boat too. The trail we walked is nicely maintained and shaded. Good for people not used to hiking far or small children. Great camp ground very clean.
  • We love it here! We rent the cabins here every year. It doesn't have reception, which for us, makes our vacation even better! Beautiful hikes, very clean cabins, decent beds, remodeled kitchens. Love it!
  • A nice rustic get away. Beautiful area. Very relaxing.
  • Nice park for family fun. Fishing, swimming, hiking and small nature exhibit. Great place to spend the day.
  • One of the best of Maryland state parks! Quiet and secluded. Plenty of activities. Nice hiking trails. Excellent basic no-frills camping.

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