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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  • June 15, 2017
    This state park has about 10 cabins for rent, a nice beach and some semi primative camping spots. Nice picnic area and playground.  more »
  • April 18, 2017
    We stayed in the Cabins. Nice setup with loft, wood stove. Wood is provided. Full Kitchen. All you need is your blanket (sleeping bags) and pillows and food. Nice trails to hike and lake to walk aroun...  more »
  • December 30, 2016
    This is a small park with a small lake and small campgrounds, set into a forest of tall pine trees, with a short drive to nearby attractions. My son and I used this park as a jumping off point to a we...  more »
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  • July 6, 2017
    Great park with large tent sites. Close to Deep Creek and great fishing on the Savage and Castleman rivers nearby.
  • June 23, 2017
    Very few people know about this wonderful state park. Great for getting away from the crowds.
  • July 7, 2017
    Nice hike and super cute lake with shadow on the beach and a super cheap snack bar with great ice-cream
  • April 30, 2017
    My wife and I got married here. Beautiful park, very nice accommodations. Great day was had by all!
  • March 22, 2017
    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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