​Allegany County

Mailing Address:
Dan's Mountain State Park
c/o New Germany State Park
349 Headquarters Lane
Grantsville MD 21536

GPS Address:
17410 Recreation Area Road SW
Lonaconing, MD 21539​​



Driving Directions:

​From Interstate 68 use Exit 34 for State Route 36/New Georges Creek Road. Go South towards Westernport for 6.5 miles. You will go through the Town of Midland. As you are entering the town of Lonaconing turn left onto Water Station Run Road SW. Follow this road and the signs up the mountain for 1.8 miles. Turn right onto Recreation Area Road SW and follow it for approximately ½ mile into the main area of the park. *If you find yourself in the Town of Lonaconing you have gone too far and need to turn around on Rt.36 and look for Water Station Run Road.

Hours of Operation:

​Sunrise to Sunset

Certain activities are permitted outside of the regular park hours (e.g. fishing, boat launch, hunting where permitted). Please check with the park before your visit if you plan to engage in an activity which requires you to be in the park before or after the posted hours.

Pet Policy:

​Pets allowed (except within enclosed swimming pool area)​

Hunting Policy:

  • No Hunting

Dan's Mountain State Park

Perched high upon on a 16-mile long mountain in A stream at Dan's Mountain State ParkLonaconing, Maryland, 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.

The Dan’s 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.

Dan's Mountain Pool now open 7 days a week
The Dan's 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. Season passes are available at a rate of $50 for 25 visits or $30 for 10 visits. Youth groups of 25 people or more can reserve space at the pool by making a reservation for weekdays. The charge for youth groups with reservations is $2 per person per day. Golden Age Passport holders and Maryland Park Service Annual Passport holders are admitted free of charge.

Private Pool Parties
The Dan’s Mountain Pool is available by reservation for private pool parties with certified lifeguards on duty. Reservations are available from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. daily for a minimum of 2 hours. For more information or to make a reservation, please call the Ranger Station at 301-895-5453.

Maryland Green Travel Partner

MGT.JPGMany Maryland State Parks have been approved as partners of Maryland Green Travel, a free and voluntary self-certification program that promotes and recognizes sustainable environmental practices by businesses in the tourism industry. These practices include energy efficiency, waste reduction, recycling and water conservation methods.

Click on this link to view the green profile and the list of sustainable practices for Dans Mountain State Park.


Dan’s Mountain has four large pavilions available by reservation from April – November. One features a huge 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 Dan's 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

Dan’s 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 Dan's 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