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New Germany State Park, Grantsville

(4.8/5 based on 45 reviews on the web)
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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  • 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 »
  • A couple of buddies and I used the rifle range here. $5 with several nice benches and distances to 100 yards.  more »
  • Loved our two night stay in cabin 11! Cabin is huge and overlooks the lake. Used the outdoor fire ring close by for fires at night and indoor stove late night or early am. Hiked and fished during the ...  more »
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  • 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. :-)
  • Small park, but the trail system is extensive and very well done. Swim at the beach on a picturesque lake in summer, or cross country ski on the trails in winter. This is a great park to test your hiking ability, as the trails are some of the most well marked I've seen. Cabins are beautiful and affordable.
  • A great place for a getaway. Very quiet and peaceful. It is neatly organized and well maintained.
  • A great place to go to get away. Quite and tranquil. Just keep a watch for bears. No cell service that's great, fishing, hiking, canoeing
  • Garrett County is full of excellent parks. This is just one.