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The mountain gem of New Germany State Park offers hours of recreational fun for lovers of the great outdoors. It is located between the huge 2,900-foot Big Savage Mountain and the Eastern Continental Divide, making the scenery quite beautiful and impressive. The area is made up of diverse forest, filled with 10 miles of winding trails which can be explored when you book an RV in Garrett County.
The lake in this state park was created by the damming of Poplar Lick Run, for the purpose of creating power for a saw mill and grist mill, and was expanded when the CCC replaced the dam with a bigger one. Today, the lake is used for a huge range of recreational activities. There are a number of attractions nearby, and several towns are within easy reaching distance such as Cumberland, Oakland, and Meyersdale.
One of the best ways to see the park at its fullest is to take a self-guided walking tour. Download the tour and follow the detailed instructions, including the start and end point. The booklet contains tons of useful information about the park's most notable features such as the Lake House, Log Cabin, Schoolhouse and more. To keep you entertained while on the walk, the booklet also contains a few puzzles. Take your time, bring a picnic lunch and spend the day exploring what the park has to offer before heading back to your RV rental.
Although New Germany State Park provides a mecca of outdoor recreational activities in the warmer months, the fun doesn't stop in the winter. When the first snow hits the ground, it transforms into a winter sports paradise. When the conditions are right, staff groom the trails to make them suitable for an incredible skiing experience. There are trails for all levels and abilities, such as flats for beginners to more winding, hillside slopes for those that have a little more experience. Pick up an RV rental near New Germany State Park and witness the magic.
The 13-acre lake in the park provides a lot of fun for visitors during the summer, with boating, fishing and swimming all proving very popular. Most types of boats are allowed on the water year-round, with kayaks, canoes, rowboats and stand up paddle boards all available to rent. Fishermen are likely to find trout, bluegill, largemouth bass, and catfish all hiding below the waves, and fishing is permitted with a non-tidal fishing license. For those that want to swim, there is a designated swimming area off of each beach, perfect for cooling off on a hot summer day.
Overall the park has 48 campsites, making camping at New Germany State Park easy. These offer a shaded and peaceful setting to spend the night, with the wilderness on your doorstep. There is a central bathhouse containing clean toilets and shower facilities, and you can pick up some purified water at a number of locations around the camp. There are even a few spaces for large camper vans. However, visitors to the park should keep on mind that there is no electric, water, and sewer hookup in this state park RV campgrounds.
Certain sites allow pets, so if you would like your furry friend to enjoy the adventure with you, it is worth inquiring which sites they can stay at. For those that are traveling as a group, there is a large shelter type structure that is available as a campsite for up to 10 people.
Take a step back in time and visit the Garrett County Transportation Museum to discover a huge number of transportation options dating back years. You’ll be to find buggies, sleighs, carriages, automobiles and more. The museum also holds a representation of A.D. Nayor’s Blacksmith Shop. On the second floor, you can discover the history of Deep Creek Lake, Shallow Falls, and New Germany State Park.
Housed in the mountains near New Germany State Park is the House of Yoder, located in Grantsville. The house is often described as a living history museum and was created to promote awareness of the Yoder heritage. The house itself is modeled after homes built in the mid-1700s by Yoder immigrants. Stepping inside, the home has many exhibits detailing Yoder history.
When in this area of Maryland, you can’t miss a visit to the free Spruce Forest Artisan Village. The village is home to the studios of many artists who showcase and sell their work, and visitors have the opportunity to interact with the artisans. Also in the village is Stanton’s Mill, which was built in 1797. It is now fully restored and operates like it once did in the 1800s, and Compton’s One-Room School House, where children can experience a day in the life of a student in the past.