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New Germany State Park Quest - Past & Present

Introduction To Quest

Take a self-guided walking tour of New Germany State Park to learn about the park's history.


Quest Information

The quest is available anytime, as long as the activity booklet is printed in advance. However, passport stamps must be obtained at the Ranger Station, which is open daily, 8 a.m. – 4 p.m. Printed activity booklets are also available at the Ranger Station if needed. The quest begins at the New Germany Lake House (403 McAndrews Hill Road, Grantsville, Maryland). Please be aware 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).

Families are encouraged to print the activity booklet in advance. Weekdays are less busy than weekends, but this quest can be completed at any time.

Park information

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. Named by early settlers due to its resemblance to their homeland, New Germany has diverse forests with ten miles of multi-use trails and a small lake suitable for fishing, swimming, and non-motorized boating. This park also offers lodging in historic log cabins, camping, cross-country skiing, snowshoeing, and more.

New Germany State Park
349 Headquarters Lane
Grantsville, MD 21536
301-895-5453

Directions to New Germany State Park

  • From Baltimore: West on I-70 to Hancock. Pick up I-68 and travel through Cumberland, Maryland. Continue west to Exit 22. Turn left at the end of the exit ramp onto Chestnut Ridge Road. Pass Comfort Inn and follow Chestnut Ridge Road for three miles to New Germany Road. Turn left and travel two miles to the New Germany State Park entrance on left. Park headquarters office is on the right before entering the park. Travel time about three hours.
  • From Washington, D.C.: Take 270 north to Frederick, Maryland. Pick up I-70 west and follow directions above for Baltimore. Travel time about 3.5 hours.
  • From Pittsburgh/Morgantown:Take I-79 to I-68 east. Follow I-68 into Maryland to Exit 22 at Comfort Inn. Turn right at the end of the exit ramp onto Chestnut Ridge Road. Travel about three miles to New Germany Road. Turn left and travel two miles to the New Germany State Park entrance on left. Travel time about one hour from Morgantown and two hours from Pittsburgh.
  • Make a reservation to stay at the park.
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