New Germany State Park is a 455-acre emerald gem of the Maryland state park system tucked away in a Hemlock forest. This area was established by a group of German immigrants in the late 1800’s because of the natural beauty that reminded them of home. It is nestled between the massive 2900 ft. Big Savage Mountain and the Continental Divide.
New Germany State Park provides a spectacular backdrop for outdoor activities in all seasons. Ten miles of multi-use trails beckon the camper with promises of space to walk, run, or ride a bike surrounded by forest animals and natural beauty. It isn’t unusual to see deer, squirrels, foxes, great blue herons, barred owls, and black-capped chickadees here. There is even an occasional black bear sighting.
The park, which does not support cell phone service, allows one to truly commune with natural beauty and enjoy year-round recreation. The park supports a beach for swimming, and a boat launch for non-motorized boats. There is a 13-acre lake for boating and fishing. Campers and day users enjoy hiking, fishing, boating and swimming in the summer months and cross-country skiing and snowshoeing in the winter when there is sufficient snow.
RV Rentals in New Germany State Park
Transportation in New Germany State Park
New Germany State Park is easily reached from several major cities. The park is located approximately three hours from Baltimore using I-70 and I-68.
The Park is located approximately three and a half hours from Washington DC and can be reached via I-70 and I-68
New Germany State Park can be reach within one hour from Morganton using I-78 and I-86 and is two hours from Pittsburgh using the same roads..
Parking is available at the Ranger Station, the Lake House, the Nature Center, and at the head of the Hemlock Trail.
There is no public transportation available within the park.
Campgrounds and parking in New Germany State Park
Campsites in New Germany State Park
New Germany State Park
New Germany State Park offers 48 campsites in the shade of a mountain forest. The facility includes a central bathhouse with showers and restrooms. Pets are welcome in eight of the sites. Several sites can house large motor-homes. There is no electricity, water hookup, or sewer hookup available. But the rustic nature of these sites is part of their appeal. There are some trees that offer shade from the summer sun, but the campground is fairly open.
Seasonal activities in New Germany State Park
Grab your beach towel and sunscreen for your trip to New Germany State Park. This park is home to a 13-acre man-made lake. On the east side of the lake the park maintains a beach for swimming. There are showers and restrooms available at the Lake House for changing and a snack bar for your lunch break. Picnic tables abound and there are three shelters with picnic tables and grills to allow for breaks from the sun.
New Germany State Park maintains 10 miles of multi-use trails that are very popular with hikers. The trails are also used for biking in summer months. Hikers can expect to see a wide variety of birds: great blue heron, barred owls, black-capped chickadee, pileated woodpecker, and an occasional osprey. Forest animals are also plentiful on the hiking trails. Hikers can expect to be entertained by squirrel, deer, fox, and occasionally a black bear.
There is a 13-acre lake located in New Germany State Park where campers and day users can fish. The park also provides a boat launch free of charge for non-motorized boats. Large-mouth bass, catfish, bluegill, and trout are species that fishermen may expect here. It should be noted that there is a short closure each spring for stocking and that those fishing will need a non-tidal fishing license as well as a trout stamp for trout fishing.
Cross- Country Skiing
Maryland is renowned for its winter weather, and many outdoor enthusiasts enjoy nature as much in winter as in the warmer months. During snow season, park staff maintain trails for a first-class ski experience. The trails offer something for everyone with a flat open space for beginners and winding hillside trails for more experienced skiers. The park also provides a warming hut in the lake house for winter enthusiasts to rest and relax while grabbing a snack or hot beverage.
Winter enthusiasts who are not familiar with Snowshoeing may want to try out this. Snowshoeing began centuries ago as a mode of transportation in winter weather. Today, it is enjoyed by many as an alternative to skiing. Snowshoeing is touted as being as easy as walking and is a cheaper alternative to skiing. This low-impact aerobic exercise is good for all ages and fitness levels as well. New Germany State Park is an ideal place to give this activity a try. Snow shoes are available for rent at the lake house and snowshoeing is allowed on the ski trails. .
Nature Center and Social Gatherings
New Germany State Park also provides a Nature Center for educational opportunities and an assortment of unique shelters for social gatherings. The Nature Center is an ideal place to spend some time on rainy afternoons or when you find yourself intrigued to learn something new about this beautiful space.
The three shelters offered at New Germany State Park:
1. Tamarack: Here you will find space for up to 40 people. The shelter has electricity, picnic tables, and grills.
2. Tall Oaks: Here you will find space for up to 75 people. The space has electricity, a large fireplace, and picnic table.
3. The Recreation Hall: This space was build in the 1930's and features a prep kitchen, picnic tables, outdoor grills, and extra chairs.
Each of these shelters offers a unique opportunity to share your love of nature and the great outdoors with others. They are ideal for family reunions, weddings, and parties of all sorts.