New Germany State Park Quest


A Site for Soaring Eyes

Introduction To Quest

As birds soar overhead, they look down at the world taking in the land spread out below them. They assess the habitats available, searching for one that will meet their needs. Diverse habitats are required for different species of birds. Around each park there are several sites marked as bird habitats, which participants will visit and match to the bird that would be most likely to be found there.


Quest Information

Around each park there are several sites marked as bird habitats. Each of these sites meets the specific habitat requirements needed for one of the species of birds included on the worksheets that are provided to Park Quest visitors. Participants must match each habitat with the bird that is most likely to live there. In order to receive their passport stamp at the New Germany Ranger Station, participants only need to complete the quest at one of the three parks.

New Germany State Park: 349 Headquarters Ln, Grantsville, MD 21536
Big Run State Park: 10368 Savage River Rd, Swanton, MD 21561
Dan’s Mountain State Park: 17300 Recreation Area Rd SW, Lonaconing, MD 21539

Directions to Park Quest sites

New Germany State Park:
From 68 – take exit 22 and go south on Chestnut Ridge Rd; after 2.5 miles turn left at the stop sign for New Germany Rd; after 2 miles turn left onto McAndrews Hill Rd; along the left side of the road are a series of parking lots; after parking proceed to parking lot #2 and enter the Orchard Loop (pink trail) heading north along the trail; the first site can be found at the northernmost point of the loop.

From Oakland, MD – traveling north on 219 turn right onto Glendale Rd; after 5.5 miles make a slight left onto 495 north; after 1.5 miles turn right onto New Germany Rd; after 7.5 miles turn right onto McAndrews Hill Rd; along the left side of the road are a series of parking lots; after parking proceed to parking lot #2 and enter the Orchard Loop (pink trail) heading north along the trail; the first site can be found at the northernmost point of the loop.

Big Run State Park:
From New Germany State Park – head south on New Germany Rd for 3 miles; turn left onto Big Run Rd; after approximately 5 miles, just before Savage River Rd there will be a park information board and parking lot on the left; at the tree line behind the parking lot you can locate the first site.

Dan’s Mountain State Park:
From 68 – take exit 34 and go south on MD-36 toward Westernport; after 6 miles turn left onto Rockville St SW; continue following the road for 1.5 miles; turn right onto Recreation Area Rd SW; after 0.5 miles you will reach the main parking lot; walk from there toward the tire playground and proceed past it to the first site along the tree line.

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 is ideal for families and individuals looking to “unplug” from a tech-reliant society and escape from the busy pace of life in cities and suburbs.

Situated at the mouth of the Savage River Reservoir, Big Run State Park is the perfect primitive base camp from which to enjoy the surrounding Savage River State Forest. Campers at Big Run have easy access to fishing, boating, hiking or hunting opportunities.

Dan's 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.

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