Tucked away in a hemlock forest in Garrett County, Maryland, lies New Germany State Park — a 455-acre landscape with plenty to offer. Considered the “best-kept secret”' by visitors, this park has dense forests, multi-use trails, a 13-acre lake, and diverse wildlife. Best of all, the park is suitable for multiple outdoor activities throughout the year.
So whether you’re a skier, hiker, or just someone who enjoys nature exploration, this park has much to offer. Continue reading this Cruise America guide and get the full scope of New Germany State Park.
Best Campgrounds Near Germany State Park
Fortunately, there are plenty of campgrounds that are ideal for your New Germany State Park camping trip.
New Germany State Park Campground
Take proximity off the list of your concerns by staying at the New Germany State Park Campground. The campsites are situated in a private shaded area and provide access to restrooms, hot showers, and purified water. Keep in mind that not all sites can accommodate motorhomes. On top of that, only sites 34 and 58 offer electric hookups.
Alternatively, you can stay at a fully-furnished cabin and spend those chilly winter nights right by a wood stove.
Capacity: 58 sites
Sleepy Hollow Campground
If low costs, wooded sites, and privacy sound like good deals, then Sleepy Hollow Campground is for you. Visitors get access to a newly-renovated bathhouse that’s clean and conveniently located. While there are no laundry facilities on-site, you can find some in Grantsville, which is only 10 minutes away. While there are no sewer/water hookups, you are allowed to bring a generator.
Capacity: 12 RV sites
Double G RV Park
If you’re seeking a sensational overnight stay with multiple on-site services, consider Double G RV Park. The sites offer full hookups. Plus, they come with fire rings, picnic tables, and water/sewer hookups. Visitors get access to a shared Wi-Fi service (streaming is not permitted). However, guests get access to free cable television. If you need any supplies for your trip, stop by the local camp store.
Capacity: 129 RV sites
Yough Lake Campground
Yough Lake Campground is the perfect selection for a lakeside getaway. The 16-mile Youghiogheny River is a haven for power boating and waterskiing. Guests can rent kayaks and canoes to use on the water. On-site amenities include electric hookups, shower facilities, a dump station, and potable water. Plus, you can reserve a lakefront site if you wish.
Capacity: 100 RV sites
Best Time To Visit New Germany State Park
It comes as no surprise that the climate in Garrett County changes drastically throughout the year. Here is what you can expect each season.
In April, you can expect an average high of 59 degrees Fahrenheit with an average low of 35.7 degrees. By May, the average high goes up to 68 degrees, making this period an ideal time for hiking and wildlife exploration. Do keep in mind that spring is the rainiest season in Garrett County.
Even in July, the average daily high in Garrett County is 79.2 degrees Fahrenheit. Overnight lows fall to a mere 58.4 degrees. Take this opportunity to break out your swimming trunks and head on over to the park’s sandy beach on those glorious, sun-filled days!
The first thing to note about the fall season in Garrett County is that October is the driest month of the year. Expect average highs of 69 degrees Fahrenheit with overnight lows in the high 30s. Do keep in mind that peak season in New Germany runs from April to October.
In January, you can expect nighttime temperatures to drop below 20 degrees Fahrenheit. In rare cases, that number may drop below 0 degrees. However, don’t let these frigid conditions deter you from planning your adventure. New Germany is a popular winter destination for avid skiers and snowboarders, as illustrated by their winding hillside trails.
Activities at New Germany State Park
Fortunately, there is something for everyone in New Germany. Take a look at the following activities:
- Hiking: Hike up to 10 miles of multi-use trails as you make your way through a dense forest. Bring your binoculars and get an up-close view of the abundant bird surrounding the area.
- Cross-country skiing: When the snow is plentiful, the park’s trails offer a first-class skiing experience. Stick to flat, open spaces if you are a beginner.
- Fishing: Largemouth bass, bluegill, and trout are just some of the several species you can catch at the park’s 13-acre lake. You’ll need a non-tidal fishing license.
- Boating: If you’re in the mood for lakeside exploration, then bring your non-motorized boat to the lake. It is the perfect way to unwind after a long day.
Explore New Germany With Cruise America
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