Events
Park Amenities 
Contact Info. & Directions
Pet Policy

 

 

Schedule of Events 

Discovery Center/Deep
Creek Lake State Park
New Germany State Park Herrington Manor & Swallow Falls

Friday, May 27

8:00 a.m.  Birding at Sang Run   Learn tips to birding by ear and listen for distinctive songs as we stroll through Friend’s Delight.  Meet at the Kayak launch. Bring binoculars and wear waterproof hiking boots.  Walk is of medium difficulty and will last approx. 2 ½ hr.

Saturday, May 28  

11:00 a.m.  Five Senses Hike   Use all of your senses to experience the natural world around you.  Join the Naturalist for an easy hike along our Sensory Awareness Trail.

2:00 p.m.   Hungry Critters   Meet inside the Discovery Center as we feed the critters!  Some will eat fish worms, while others prefer mice.  A few even eat crickets!

8:00 p.m.  Scales and Tales Campfire 

Sunday, May 29

10:00 a.m. Brant Mine Hike   Take a guided hike with the Naturalist to the historic Brant Mine.  The hike begins in the center in our newly-designed mine room.  Once at the mine site you will see the remnants of a coal mine that was operated in the 1920’s.  Plus, you never know what wildlife we will see on the way. Approx. 1 ½  hour. Moderate walking.

2:00 p.m. Aviary Feeding   Join us to learn some interesting facts, hear each bird’s story, and watch these amazing raptors eat! 

Monday, May 30

11:00 a.m.  Hungry Critters   Meet inside the Discovery Center as we feed the critters!  Some will eat fish worms, while others prefer mice.  A few even eat crickets!

2:00 p.m. Aviary Feeding   Join us to learn some interesting facts, hear each bird’s story, and watch these amazing raptors eat! 

Saturday, May 28  
Bird Brain Games, 10:00 AM 
Families with kids ages 8 and up are invited to join the park naturalist for an hour of fun games like Bird Bingo and Migration Headache.  Do you know if a bird’s heartbeat is faster or slower than yours? Is it true or false that all birds fly? Are birds cold-blooded?  Meet at the Nature Center to find out!  

Storytelling and Craft Hour, 2:00 PM
Kids of all ages are invited to join the park naturalist to create some crafty owls to take home with them and learn how different cultures used stories to explain nature around them. Meet at the Nature Center.

The Art of Blacksmithing, 4:30 PM 
Local metal sculptor and blacksmith, Kenny Braitman, will be hosting The Art of Blacksmithing at New Germany State Park on Saturday, May 28, 2016.  This unique program will include hands-on demonstrations and instruction on the unique art of sculpting metal.    

Braitman’s metalwork has been featured in many shows throughout the region.  He specializes in combining traditional blacksmithing techniques with contemporary design, often merging metals with glass, stone, and found objects.  “Together they sometimes make a stronger statement than any of the elements individually,” says Braitman.  “Incorporating materials found in nature lends a soothing, comforting feel for me,” he adds.  Braitman is the owner of Carey Run Forge in Frostburg, Maryland.   

The demonstration is free of charge, and will take place outside the New Germany Lake House from 4:30 - 6:30 p.m.  For more information, please call the Ranger Station at 301-895-5453.

Greg Latta Concert, 7:30 PM
New Germany State Park will be featuring a free acoustic concert by award-winning musician Greg Latta on Saturday, May 28th.  Latta will be performing a combination of Appalachian, Irish, old-time and traditional music using instruments such as the hammered and Appalachian dulcimers, guitar, banjo, cittern, Irish bouzouki, harmonica, concertina, limberjack, and recorder.  The concert will begin at 7:30 p.m. in the New Germany Lake House and is suitable for all ages.  
Sunday, May 29
How Many Bears Can Live in the Forest?  Oh Deer!  10:00 AM
During this kid-friendly game, participants will portray bears and deer in the wild and search for food and habitat components with other players.  Meet at the Lake House.

 

No Events

* Kids 14 and younger must be accompanied by a parent at all times during the programs.

*Hiking shoes are recommended for the guided hikes.

*All outdoor programs are weather dependent.

 

 

 

Science Room Open!  Check out our new theater system and linked computer science stations.  Use our digital microscope to see snake skin, tree cookies, bird feathers and butterfly wings on our HD TV.  Use interactive kid friendly field guides to identify fish, aquatic insects and more.

NEW! Discovery Hands On Science Room!

Interactive, educational and fun!

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Programs and Center hours are subject to change without notice.

All programs meet or begin at the Discovery Center unless otherwise noted.

For more information, call us at (301)387-7067

The facilities of the Maryland Department of Natural Resources are available to all without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, age, national origin or physical or mental disability.

Park Amenities

State Parks Big
Run
Cassel-
man
Deep
Creek
Herring-
ton
New
Germany
Swallow
Falls
Yough
River
Boats              
Launch *   * * *    
Canoe Rentals       *      
Paddle Boat Rentals       * *    
Rowboat Rentals       * *    
Boat Slips              
Camping              
Improved     * * * *  
Camper Cabins     2     3  
Unimproved *         *  
Drinking Water *   * * * *  
Reservations     * * * *  
Winterized *            
Maximum Sites 30   112   39 65  
RV Sites     26     3  
Play Area *   * * * *  
Fire Ring/Grill *   * * * *  
Tables              
Cabins              
Reservations     * * *    
Furnished Cabins     1 20 11    
Year-round Cabins       * *    
Concessions              
Snack Bar       * *    
Vending     * * * *  
Camp Store       *   *  
Interpretive              
Interpretive Center     * * * *  
Naturalist     * * * *  
Campfire Program     * * * *  
Guided Walks     * * *    
Trails              
Hiking *   * * * * *
X-country ski       * *   *
Horseback              
Nature *   * * * * *
Snowmobile     *        
General              
Picnicking * * * * * *  
Shelters *   * * * *  
Swimming     * * *    
Fishing * * * * * * *
Hunting     * *      
Archery Range              
Winter Activities     * * * *  
Attractions              
Historic   * * * * * *
Scenic * * * * * * *
Water * * * * * * *
  Big
Run
Cassel-
man
Deep
Creek
Herring-
ton
New
Germany
Swallow
Falls
Yough
River
 

 

State Forests Potomac Garrett Savage River
Camping    
Improved    
Camper Cabins    
Unimproved * *
Drinking Water    
Reservations    
Winterized    
Maximum Sites 35 53
RV Sites    
Play Area    
Fire Ring/Grill * *
Tables * *
Cabins    
Reservations    
Furnished Cabins    
Year-round Cabins    
Trails    
Hiking * *
X-country ski    
Horseback * *
Nature * *
Snowmobile * *
General    
Picnicking * *
Shelters *  
Swimming    
Fishing * *
Hunting * *
Archery Range *  
Winter Activities   *
Attractions    
Historic * *
Scenic * *
Water * *

 

 

Contact Information and Directions

Big Run State Park
Grantsville, MD
301-895-5453 or 301-746-8359
Directions: 14 miles south of Grantsville

Casselman River Bridge State Park
Grantsville, MD 
301-895-5453 or 301-746-8359
Directions:  1/4 mile east of Grantsville adjacent to Rt. 40


Deep Creek Lake State Park
Swanton, MD
(301) 387-5563
Directions:  Take Rt. 219 S. to Glendale Road.  Turn left on Glendale Road.  Immediately after crossing the Glendale Bridge, turn left onto State Park Road. Go over small State Park Bridge and you will see the campground office on your right. Continue a short distance and the Discovery Center is the first left past the office. The park entrance to beach, picnic and day-use area and public boat launch ramp is the second left. 


Herrington Manor State Park
Oakland, MD
(301) 334-9180 
DIRECTIONS: Take Rt. 219 south to Mayhew Inn Road. Take right and travel to the end of Mayhew Inn Road. Turn left onto Oakland Sang Run Rd. Follow signs and turn right onto Swallow Falls Road.  Park entrance is about 5 miles on right.


New Germany State Park
Grantsville, MD
(301) 895-5453
DIRECTIONS: Take Rt. 219 south to Glendale Rd.  Turn left onto Glendale Road, cross bridge and bear right and continue to the end of Glendale Rd. Turn left onto Rt. 495 N., then right onto New Germany Rd. Go about 8 miles and turn right into park entrance. Savage River State Forest encompasses much of the Park area. NOTE: Savage River Reservoir is at the bottom of Dry Run Road off 495.


Potomac-Garrett State Forest
301-334-2038
DIRECTIONS: Take Rt. 219 S and travel 4.7 miles to Sand Flat Rd. Turn left and travel 4.4 miles to MD Highway (135) at stop light.  Go straight across through Deer Park and continue onto Boiling Springs Rd. Follow signs. Bear right at Eagle Rock Rd. for about 2 miles and you will see signs for specific areas, such as Lostland Run.


Savage River State Forest
Grantsville, MD 
301-895-
5759

Directions:  MD Rt. 495 to New Germany Road. Follow signs.


Swallow Falls State Park
Oakland, MD
(301) 334-9180 
DIRECTIONS: Take Rt. 219 south to Mayhew Inn Road. Take right and travel to the end of Mayhew Inn Road. Turn left onto Oakland Sang Run Rd. Follow signs and turn right onto Swallow Falls Road.  Park entrance is about 1 mile on right.


Youghiogheny Wild & Scenic River
Swanton, MD
301-387-5563
Directions:  Between Miller's Run & town limits of Friendsville