New Germany State Park

On our way to our first camping trip in Ohiopyle State Park, Pennsylvania we stopped at New Germany State Park in Western Maryland.  Nestled in the Appalachian Plateau, featuring a small but stunning lake surrounded by evergreen trees, a plethora of hiking trails, and rich fall colors, it’s a must see!  If you want peace, quiet and relaxation, this is your destination.

(Map without star marker courtesy of wikipedia.com)

These are our park highlights:

(We didn’t get to stay long so sadly we couldn’t do any hiking so we just have to go back!)

The Lake

The picture speaks for itself, it’s stunning!  The lake is available for pets to visit the beach before Memorial Day and after Labor Day.  We visited in mid-September and had the lake to ourselves!  If you want peace and quiet and relaxation in nature, this is the place to be outside of the busy summer days.  Given there are no natural lakes in Maryland, this one is created by a small dam that can be crossed by a similarly small bridge.  Read the sign below to learn more about the lake!

Originally built to power a mill, the lake was later used for fishing and now mostly as a swimming and recreation beach (and of course doggy play!).

Evergreen Trees

Being a native of the Pacific Northwest, I truly miss being immersed in evergreen trees.  That fresh, dark green color makes nature feel alive throughout the year.  So when we drove into New Germany my heart warmed as nostalgia of my home rushed back.  On our short hike we found a lot of Eastern Hemlock trees (pictured below), a ragged evergreen tree with tiny cones.  A cool fact is that this tree can be used for a tasty tea!  Learn more about this beautiful tree here: https://www.nps.gov/shen/learn/nature/eastern_hemlock.htm

Hidden Treasures

New Germany is full of fun little surprises, like a stone bridge, a gazebo on a hill hidden in the trees and art installations.  We didn’t get to go on a hike, mostly staying around the lake, Nature Center and hiking down a very short part of the Turnpike Trail (green blaze), we found these hidden treasures:

For a link to the trails map see the following link: https://dnr.maryland.gov/publiclands/Documents/NewGermany_map.pdf

A few things to know before you go…

  • There is little to no cell phone service, so have the map downloaded on your phone prior to your visit or print it out
  • The Ranger Station is located near the entrance to the main section of the park and is a great place to stop to ask questions and to look at cute gifts
  • Entrance to the park is free (at least it is before Memorial Day and after Labor Day)
  • Little to no garbage cans, bring your own poop bags!

Now for some cute doggy pics of Sylvie enjoying the park!