Garrett County MD offers a number of beautiful state parks that provide a retreat from the hustle and bustle of city life. While Casselman River Bridge State Park is a favorite for fly fishermen and Mountain Lake Park is popular for history buffs, New Germany State Park has a little something for everyone. No matter the season, there is always lots of fun to experience at New Germany State Park. The park is referred to as the “Best Kept Secret” in Maryland, but we’re here to spill the beans on all the ways you can enjoy a day at New Germany State Park.
New Germany State Park is a mountain gem nestled between Big Savage Mountain to the east and Meadow Mountain to the west. There are 10 miles of well marked trails that wind their way through the dense forest full of hemlocks, pine and spruce plantation sites. Abundant bird species live in the area and a variety of wildlife can be spotted from the New Germany State Park trails.
After a long hike around the man-made lake, why not get out on it! Non-motorized boats are welcome on the 13-acre lake, and an afternoon on the boat may be just what your family needs to unplug, unwind and enjoy some quality time together.
Kids and adults alike love swimming in the roped-off, designated swimming area of the lake. There is a sandy beach for building sandcastles and sunbathing as well as a snack bar onsite. Bath houses are also available for using the restroom or hosing off after a cool swim.
Kayaks, paddleboats and rowboats are available for rent near the swimming area of the lake from late spring to early fall.
The hiking trails at New Germany State Park transform into cross country ski and snowshoe trails in the winter and are the perfect place to enjoy some exercise in the brisk winter air.
The New Germany State Park Nature Center is dedicated to environmental education for visitors of all ages. Exhibits on natural history and natural resource management are available year-round, and in the summer months there are interactive programs and activities designed by park rangers and naturalists for visitors to enjoy.
New Germany State Park is just a half-hour drive from our Deep Creek Lake bed and breakfast, and we would love to have you as our guest when you set out to explore the park. Fall, winter, spring or summer, we will enhance your escape to nature with our lakeside location, wraparound porch and outdoor fire pit. Enjoy a daily afternoon cruise aboard our pontoon boat in warmer months, and if you haven’t had your fill of snowshoeing at New Germany State Park, we have snowshoes on the premises for winter fun. After your outdoor adventures, you can return to your room or suite to take advantage of your in-room gas fireplace and private bath. Book your stay at Lake Pointe Inn and start planning your Maryland retreat today.