Dans Mountain State Park

Perched high upon on a 16-mile long mountain in A stream at Dan's Mountain State ParkLonaconing, Maryland, Dans Mountain State Park is the perfect place to cool down on a hot summer day. The 481-acre park features an Olympic-sized swimming pool, four large group pavilions, a gigantic recycled-tire playground, and a peaceful pond for fishing. Nearby, Dan's Rock Overlook affords a panoramic view of the surrounding region from a height of 2,898 feet.

The Dans Mountain Swimming Pool is the perfect place to cool down on a hot summer day. This Olympic-sized swimming pool features a giant water slide! On chilly days, the pool is heated to maintain the perfect temperature. The pool is staffed by certified lifeguards and is fully accessible for persons with disabilities. A snack bar and modern restrooms are provided.

Dans Mountain Pool now open 7 days a week

The Dans Mountain pool is now open seven days a week. Hours of operation are 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily. Certified lifeguards are on duty at all times when the pool is open. Hours are subject to change based on weather and other factors, so visitors are encouraged to call ahead to confirm hours. Please call the Ranger Station at 301-895-5453.

Pool Rates
The fee for pool use is $4 per person per day. Children The pool and waterslide at Dan's Mountain State Park5 and under are free. Golden Age Passport holders and Maryland Park Service Annual Passport holders are admitted free of charge. Punch passes are also available at a rate of $50 for 25 visits or $30 for 10 visits. Groups of 25 people or more are encouraged to call ahead and purchase a punch pass.

Private Pool Parties
The Dans Mountain Pool is available by reservation for private pool parties with certified lifeguards on duty. Reservations are available from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. daily for a minimum of 2 hours. Reservations should be made at least two weeks in advance. For more information or to make a reservation, please call the Ranger Station at 301-895-5453.


Dans Mountain has four large pavilions available by reservation from May – September. One features a large stone fireplace. Another has a panoramic view of the pond. Two pavilions are located in close proximity to the swimming pool. To reserve a pavilion, call 1-888-432-2267 or visit the reservation service web page.

Click here for season beginning and ending dates, and shelter service charges.

Accessibility for All

The Dans Mountain pool features an ADA-compliant lift chair and an accessible ramp into the pool. The State Park also offers an accessible overlook, bathhouse, pavilions and picnic areas. For additional accessible amenities in Maryland State Forests and Parks, visit the Accessibility For All section of this website.

History Highlight

Dans Mountain State Park is named for Daniel Cresap, one of the first settlers in Allegany County. Daniel was known for being adventurous, often hunting with a Delaware Indian named Nemacolin. While pursuing a bear in a tree, Daniel fell and lay unconscious until Nemacolin found him, and dragged Daniel home to safety. Since that event, the mountain has been known as Dans Mountain.

Directions: From I-68, take Exit 34 and travel south on Maryland Route 36 for approximately six miles.

Friendly Reminders:

  • Consumption of alcohol is prohibited.
  • An alcohol permit may be purchased for the pavilions at time of reservation.
  • The park closes at sunset.

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Online Services

Contact the Park Service

  • To Report Violations of Park Rules: 1-800-825-7275 (Park Watch) or 1-410-260-8888 (Communications Center)
  • General Information: 1-800-830-3974 (Annapolis Office)
  • Reservations: 1-888-432-2267
  • Email Us
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