New Germany State Park’s visitors frequently call it a “best kept secret.” This mountain gem is nestled between the 2,900 ft. Big Savage Mountain to the east and the eastern Continental Divide along Meadow Mountain to the west. New Germany has diverse forests with ten miles of multi-use trails and a small lake suitable for fishing, swimming, and non-motorized boating. There is no cell phone service at New Germany State Park. A pay phone is available at 474 McAndrews Hill Road, Grantsville, Maryland (across the road from New Germany Lake).
New Germany has ten miles of multi-use trails. The trails wind their way through dense hemlock forest, colorful mixed hardwoods, rhododendron-choked stream valleys and towering pine and spruce plantation sites.
Most trails are wide enough for two-way traffic, although several offer a narrower path typical of most hiking trails. Hiking, trail-running and biking are the most popular activities throughout the year.
Whether walking along the lake or wetland, or hiking our scenic trails, visitors are sure to have an opportunity to view birds and wildlife. Abundant bird species can be found throughout the area, such as pileated woodpeckers, black-capped chickadees, barred owls, great blue herons and an occasional osprey.
Capture the photo of a lifetime while exploring our majestic forests and wetland. Frequent sightings of deer, squirrels, fox, as well as sightings of black bear, bring visitors delight and a meaningful respect of the environment.
When snow is adequate, the park staff will groom and track the trail surface for skiing. Snowshoeing is permitted but snowshoe users must stay off the ski tracks.
Cabins and Camp Sites
New Germany has twelve full service cabins available for rent year-round. In the main room, guests can sit by the cozy wood stove and enjoy a game of cards at the dining table. Some cabins feature private bedrooms, while others have beds in the main room and loft. Each cabin has one full bathroom with a shower, and a kitchen complete with dishes, flatware, and cooking necessities, refrigerator, microwave oven, conventional oven, range, and coffeemaker.
New Germany’s 48 campsites offer a shaded, safe, peaceful setting for a family camping trip. A central bathhouse provides restrooms and showers, and purified water is available at several locations. Several sites can accommodate large motorhomes; however there are no electric, water, or sewer hook-ups.
Pets are permitted in the Hemlock Loop, sites 50-58.
Check in for campsite guests is 3 p.m. and check out is 1 p.m.
The Alpine Lodge, a three-sided Adirondack-style shelter, is available as a campsite for 10 people.
New Germany’s 13-acre lake is the center of activity in the summer. Boating, fishing and swimming are among the most popular lake activities. During the rest of the year, the peaceful water acts as a mirror for the changing world around it – autumn leaves burst with color, then snow covers the trees until spring flowers dot the landscape.
Boats without gasoline motors are permitted on the lake year-round. Kayaks, canoes, row boats and standup paddle boards are available for rental in the late spring to early fall. Please call the park for details. A soft boat ramp is available at no additional charge.
Fishing is permitted with a non-tidal fishing license. Fishermen may find large mouth bass, catfish, bluegill and trout. There is a brief lake closure each spring when trout stocking begins. A trout stamp is required to possess trout.
Swimming is available in the designated swimming area on the east beach.
Picnic tables are available throughout the park, on a first-come, first-served basis.
New Germany is a popular place for a winter weekend. When snow conditions are right, park staff groom and track the trails for a first class skiing experience. The trails offer a challenge for skiers of all abilities, with a flat, open “turnpike” for beginners, and winding hillside trails for more experienced skiers.
Trail Etiquette and Safety
We ask that snowshoe users and hikers give priority to skiers by keeping off ski tracks. Skiers should be mindful of their abilities and stay on trails that are appropriate for their skill level.
Snow conditions may be variable in different areas of the park. Skiers must be wary of icy patches, thin snow cover, and wet sections.
Skiers must dress appropriately for conditions. Weather can be extremely variable in this part of the state and hypothermia is a serious risk. Light, synthetic layers of clothing are recommended for maximum comfort and safety while out on the trails.
During the winter months, the lake house warming hut provides a place for winter enthusiasts to relax after a day of playing in the snow. Cross country skis and snow shoes are available for rent. The snack bar features hot and cold drinks, snacks, trail maps and a selection of gift and souvenir items.
The Nature Center is located next to a uniquely diverse natural area of native habitats and wildlife, including a wetland. The Nature Center is dedicated to environmental education for people of all ages. Exhibits are designed to help a variety of audiences gain a better awareness, appreciation, and understanding of natural history, ecological principles, and natural resource management.
During the summer, park rangers and naturalists prepare a schedule of programs and activities, including “Campfire” programs that feature guest speakers on a variety of topics from native plants to cultural history.