New Germany State Park

CLOSURE NOTICE (UPDATED): ​New Germany State Park will be upgrading its water system and wastewater treatment plant in 2024-2025. Unfortunately, this project will require park facilities to be closed at various times during construction. Until we receive a more detailed timeline for construction, we will not be not accepting any reservations for cabins, campsites, or pavilions between October 1, 2024 and October 8, 2025. ​Guests are encouraged to check for updates. We apologize for the inconvenience.

New Germany Lake - Photo by Luke Mongrain

Park Reservations

Garrett County

New Germany State Park
349 Headquarters Lane
Grantsville MD 21536

Contact: 301-895-5453​
E-mail New Germany State Park

Hours: 8 a.m. to Sunset

New Germany State Park’s visitors frequentl​y 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 paddling. There is no cell phone service at New Germany State Park. An emergency phone (911 ONLY) is available inside the Lake House at 403 McAndrews Hill Road, Grantsville, Maryland. A pay phone is also available at 474 McAndrews Hill Road, Grantsville, Maryland (across the road from New Germany Lake).

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Skiing comes to the “Maryland Alps” in 1940

Unloading for a good ski run, 1941Newspaper reporters in the 1940s and 1950s called this area “The Maryland Alps,” the place where winter was king - “Maryland’s first genuine winter sports area.” Can you identify this place? Here are a few more clues: “The first ski event south of the Mason and Dixon Line” occurred here in 1941. In the 1950s, this locale was called Maryland’s skiing mecca.” Give up? These accolades refer to present day New Germany State Park and Savage River State Forest, where in 1940, recreational skiing was as new and fresh as the first snowfall of that winter.​