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State parks list events

From The Garrett County Republican

Friday, Dec. 21

Science Room open. Scavenger hunts available all day.

Saturday, Dec. 22

11 a.m., What’s That Reptile? — Come to the Discovery Center to learn about the reptiles and amphibians in the center, and you may have a chance to touch these amazing cold-blooded creatures.

1 p.m., Roving Naturalist — Meet some of the folks that care for the animal ambassadors in the Discovery Center. During this time, live animals will be out for a close-up, hands-on experience.

Sunday, Dec. 23

11 a.m., Snowflake Discovery — Join the naturalist to learn about snowflakes. Make a snowflake craft and try to capture “snowflake prints” if weather permits.

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

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Casselman River Bridge State Park

Casselman River Bridge State Park is located near Grantsville, Maryland on historic National Road (Route 40). The park spans four acres. It is known for it’s stone bridge, which was one of a kind when it was built in 1813. This park is perfect for anglers, history nuts, and kids. Spruce Forest Artisan Village and Penn Alps Restaurant and Craft Shop are located next to the park.

Grab a picnic basket and enjoy the day in Casselman River Bridge State Park!


For more information, click here or call 301-895-5453.



Swallow Falls State Park

Swallow Falls State Park is located 9 miles northwest of Oakland, Maryland. Spanning over 257 acres, the park’s greatest feature are the beautiful rapids coming off the Youghiogheny River. One of the waterfalls, Muddy Creek Falls, is Maryland’s highest waterfall. 65 different campsites are available as well as many hiking trails.

Swallow Falls is a must see at any season!!



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For more information, click here or call 301-334-9180.



Herrington Manor State Park

Herrington Manor State Park is located 4 miles northwest of Oakland, Maryland. Spanning over 365 acres, the park offers a 53 acre lake, hiking trails, and kayak and log cabin rentals. In the summer, many people can be caught swimming at the lake or hiking the trails. In the winter, many use the trails to cross-country ski.


For more information about Herrington Manor State Park, click here

or call 301-334-9180.



New Germany State Park

New Germany State Park is a 455-acre park 5 miles south of Grantsville, Maryland. The park features a 13-acre lake, log cabin rentals, and hiking trials. This park attracts many people looking to fish or hike. In the winter, many people use the trails to snowshoe and cross-county ski.

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For more information, click here or call 301-895-5453.


Big Run State Park

Big Run State Park starts at the mouth of Savage River Reservoir. The 300 acre state park is surrounded by the Savage River State Forest.

The park offers camping areas with easy access to fishing, boating, and hiking.

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For more information, click here or call 301-895-5453.


Governor Earmarks $150K For Local Trail Construction

Jan. 19, 2012

Gov. Martin O’Malley on Friday announced nearly $23 million in the proposed FY2013 capital budget for state park and other public land projects. Included in the budget is $150,000 for trail construction for state parks located in Garrett County, and another $150,000 for western Maryland recreational access and trail restoration.

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“Today, we’re proposing to invest $22.7 million from our capital budget to make much-needed improvements to our state parks – an investment that will support nearly 300 jobs in our state, help us make our parks more sustainable, and support our thriving tourism industry,” O’Malley said when he made the announcement at Sandy Point State Park. “Our state parks are tremendous economic engines in our state, with a $650 million annual impact on our local economies, a great resource for Maryland families, and a big part of why our tourism industry remains so strong even in tough times.”

The funding includes more than $14 million in enhancements from the governor’s capital budget, in addition to $8.7 million derived from the Department of Natural Resources annual transfer tax allocation for a diverse set of projects to improve infrastructure, “green” the state’s parks, and protect the Chesapeake Bay.

“I applaud Governor O’Malley for making this critical investment in our public lands during these difficult financial times,” said DNR Secretary John Griffin. “This improvement effort recalls the days of the Civilian Conservation Corps, which built many of Maryland’s state parks, creating jobs, ‘greening’ public lands as conservation models, and inspiring millions of visitors with better places to enjoy our state’s natural beauty and unique heritage.”

Under the leadership of O’Malley, the Maryland Park Service has embarked on a system-wide commitment to green its 66 state parks – which host more than 10 million visitors each year – as models of sustainability and conservation best practices. Strategic actions to date have focused on energy improvements, new state-of-the-art green building design and construction, sustainable trails, and recycling, as well as environmental restoration, including reforestation and stormwater management improvements to help the bay.

In addition to providing recreation opportunities for citizens and visitors, state parks provide summer employment and green jobs training for at-risk youth through the Governor’s Conservation Jobs Corps, which has graduated 820 young people since 2008. In 2010 their work on maintenance, landscaping and construction jobs saved the state an estimated $2.7 million, according to the governor’s office.

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>Summer's near, parks beckon

>With Memorial Day approaching, summer is almost upon us – a great time to get outdoors and explore some of the many parks around us.

What are your favorite places for hiking, picnicking and enjoying the outdoors? One of mine is Swallow Falls State Park, boasting some of the most gorgeous scenery in Maryland.

Near Oakland in Garrett County, it’s a 3 1/2 hour drive from Baltimore, a bit beyond Deep Creek Lake, but worth it. It’s an awesome place of rushing mountain streams, majestic forest and roaring waterfalls. Muddy Creek Falls, seen above in a short video I shot recently, is the state’s highest free-falling waterfall, with a 53-foot drop.

Swallow Falls also harbors the state’s largest remaining stand of Eastern hemlocks, towering evergreens that once covered much more of the landscape. A 40-acre patch of hemlocks there somehow escaped the logger’s saws, making it one of just a handfull of old-growth forests in Maryland. You can also hike along scenic and wild Youghiogheny River.

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Bethesda lawyer ‘guts it out’ in Maryland triathlons

Posted: 7:00 pm Sun, December 12, 2010
By Danny Jacobs

James R. Hammerschmidt took a 55-mile bike ride Memorial Day weekend in Garrett County. He followed the route used for the SavageMan Triathlon, which took him through Deep Creek Lake State Park, Savage River State Forest and New Germany State Park. He took in the beautiful scenery and gutted through the steep climbs. And when …

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Maryland Park Quest becomes an outdoors marathon – Balt. Sun Blog

Be on the look out for Candus Thomson, the popular ‘outdoors girl’ blogger from the Baltimore Sun. She is embarking on Maryland Park Service’s Park Quest, starting Wednesday at Swalllow Falls. (from the blog):

The premise, as sketched on a grease-infused paper plate, is fairly simple. Complete the Maryland Park Service’s Park Quest—a free popular summer-long activity that has attracted 750 families this year—in one week. That’s 24 parks, stretching from Deep Creek Lake in Western Maryland to Assateague Island on the Atlantic Coast, in seven days.

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Park Quest is part-hike, part-scavenger hunt, part-geocache, with a little history and geography lesson sprinkled on top for good measure.

The theme for this year’s event is, Where a Family Becomes a Team. Teams must include at least one adult and one child 16 years of age or younger, but can be as large as 10 people to include extended family. Teams must complete at least 10 Quests by Sept. 6 to be eligible for the Park Quest Finale on Sept. 11 at the Hammerman Area of Gunpowder Falls State Park, where they could win camping gear, kayaks and vacation packages.

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