New Germany State Park is located in Garrett County, 5 miles southeast of Grantsville, Maryland. West on I-70 to Hancock. Pick up I-68 through Cumberland, Maryland. Continue west to Exit 22. Turn left off exit ramp onto Chestnut Ridge Road. Pass Holiday Inn and follow Chestnut Ridge Road for three miles to New Germany Road. Turn left and travel two miles to New Germany State Park on left.
See Savage River State Forest for trail regulations and other important information.
Garrett County’s 400 acre New Germany State Park is surrounded by the larger 54,000 acre Savage River State Forest. 19th century settlers established a farming community here that reminded them of their German homeland. Hiking, mountain biking and cross-country skiing on the park’s 12 mile trail system make this a four season outdoor adventure destination.
New Germany's 13-acre lake, formed when Poplar Lick Run was dammed for a booming mid-nineteenth century mill operation, is great for swimming, kayaking, canoeing and fishing. Public boat launches are located at New Germany Lake and Savage River Reservoir. Rowboats, paddle boats and kayaks may be rented for use on the lake.
Diverse habitats within the park include a man-made lake, natural swamp, trout stream, stands of mature Eastern Hemlock and plantations of 50-70 year old spruce, pine and fir. Wildlife includes black bear, bobcat, coyote, white-tailed deer and a variety of bird species. Rhododendrons along the banks of Poplar Lick are in full-bloom from the end of June through mid July. There are wildflowers in the spring and summer, and colorful foliage in the fall. New Germany State Park is the closest park to Washington and Baltimore with a history of consistent snow cover. During the winter you can ski below the towering hemlocks. (Mountain bikes are prohibited from New Germany's trails once the trails become snow-covered).
Camping: Campsites are available from late spring through early fall and cabins (winterized with woodstove and electric heat) are available year-round. Camground facilities include a central bath house with hot showers, a perimeter trail, and a nearby nature center that was once a one-room school house.
Campfire talks are presented throughout the summer by Park Rangers. Accounts of early settlers, mountain life, the days of the Civilian Conservation Corps, and many more stories will fascinate young and old listeners alike.
Nearby attractions include the historic Casselman River Bridge, near Grantsville and Big Run State Park at the north end Of the Savage River Reservoir. (see Area Attractions below)
New Germany State Park Trails:
The well-marked color coded trail system at New Germany State Park although designed primarily for cross-country skiing, offers some of the most scenic mountain biking in western Maryland. The trails are considered non-technical although more challenging terrain with steep hill climbs can be found on the trails that climb either side of the stream valley.
Green Trail: 1.6 miles. Beginner
Pink Trail: .8 miles. Beginner
Yellow Trail: .25 to .75 miles. Beginner / Intermediate
Three Bridges & TSI Trail : 1.1 miles. All ability levels.
Blue Trail / Orange Trail / Cabin Trail: 1.5 miles. Intermediate
Red Trail: 1.0 miles. Intermediate / Advanced
Dynamite Shack Trail: .6 miles. Intermediate / Advanced
Dog Leg Trail: .5 miles. Intermediate / Advanced
Casselman River Bridge: Located east of Grantsville in Garrett County on U.S. Route 40. A single arch stone bridge was originally constructed in 1813-14 once served the old National Road which linked Cumberland, Maryland with the Ohio River.
For more information:
Topographical, water and rip resistant detailed trail maps (recommended) can be purchased via phone, online or in person at:
Savage River State Forest
Phone: (301) 895-5453
New Germany State Park
Phone: (301) 895-5453