New Germany News: Early January Programs

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Photo of New Germany Park sign in the snow
winter hike

January 1: Self-Guided First Day Hikes - New Germany
10 a.m. - 2 p.m. at the Lake House 

Drop by the Lake House for a free trail guide and advice from Ranger Julia on the best route for your self-guided First Day Hike. Or click here to print your own self-guided walking tour that allows you to explore the history of New Germany as a 19th century industrial community, Civilian Conservation Corps camp, and state park.

FDH Dans Mountain

January 1: Guided First Day Hike - Dans Mountain
10 a.m. at the Hill Run Group Campsite at Dans Mountain State Park in Lonaconing, Maryland

Walk off those holiday goodies on this moderately difficult 1-mile hike on the Dye School Trail at Dans Mountain. Afterwards, enjoy hot cocoa and a warm fire at the Hill Run Pavilion. 

First Day Hike

January 1: Guided First Day Hike - New Germany 
2 p.m. at the Lake House 

Start the new year right with this invigorating, 2.5-mile First Day Hike with Ranger Lewis and Ranger Noah! Afterwards, enjoy free hot cocoa and a warm fire inside the Lake House. 

Bear in Tree by Lisa Broadwater

January 9: Hibernation Hike 
9-10 a.m. at the Lake House 

Join Ranger Noah on this moderate-to-difficult 3-mile hike on the Turnpike Trail, Dog Leg Trail, and Acorn Loop, and learn about how New Germany's native wildlife survive the harsh Garrett County winter. Photo by Lisa Broadwater.


January 15: Introduction to Snowshoeing
12:30 - 1:30 p.m. at the Recreation Hall, followed by a guided hike.

Join Ranger Julia for this free introduction to the sport of snowshoeing, and learn about the history, equipment, beginner's skills, and joy of experiencing winter in deep snow. After the indoor presentation, if conditions allow, skills will be practiced on a guided hike of the Orchard Loop. Rental fees will be waived, but equipment is limited. To reserve snowshoes for the program, email by January 14. All ages are welcome.


January 15: Furs, Feathers, and Skulls!
2-4 p.m. at the Lake House 

Drop by the Lake House for this hands-on program, where Ranger Noah will be displaying a collection of furs, feathers, and skulls. Test your knowledge of local birds and mammals, and learn about the unique traits that set these animals apart. This is a "come and go" style display, so feel free to stop by any time during the two-hour window.

Lake House Fire

January 15: Movie Night - Frozen
5-7 p.m. at the Lake House 

Gather 'round the fireplace and stay toasty-warm during this free showing of Frozen (rated PG). Popcorn and drinks will be available for purchase at the Snack Bar.


January 16: S'mores are for the Birds (Just kidding)!
2:30 - 4:30 p.m. at the Lake House 

Drop by the Lake House and learn how to make your own bird feeders out of pine cones and other natural materials. Then, relax by the indoor campfire with a sweet treat and see what birds make an appearance at the Lake House feeders. Donations welcome.

Full Moon

January 16: Full Moon Hike
6-7 p.m. at the Lake House 

Join Ranger Noah for this full moon hike on the Orchard Loop Trail. Enjoy the beauty of the forest under a full moon, while learning about some of New Germany's nocturnal residents. Photo by Emily Boward.


January 17: Hemlock Hike
9-10 a.m. at the Lake House 

Join Ranger Noah on this 2 mile hike on the Turnpike Trail and Hemlock Loop, and learn about New Germany's native trees, such as the eastern hemlock and eastern white pine, and their importance in the ecosystem.

Unless otherwise noted, events are held rain or shine, free and fun for all ages; donations are always welcome. Children under 10 must be accompanied by an adult.

Dress for the weather/activity, wear sunscreen and insect repellent, bring plenty of water and snacks, and check for ticks.

Please call 301-895-5453 for additional information or to register.

New Germany staff also manages Big Run, Casselman River Bridge and Dans Mountain state parks.

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Annual Pass Available for Purchase
$75 for Marylanders; $100 for out-of-state visitors

Our annual State Parks and Trails Passport grants unlimited day-use admission and boat launching at state parks, and a 10 percent discount on state-operated concessions and boat rentals. 

To enhance convenience and value, this year's pass will arrive in a self-contained packet with a detachable hang-tag, and will be valid for a full year from the month of purchase. 

Our network of 75 state parks include more than 900 miles of trails for biking, hiking and horseback riding, as well as unique water access and camping facilities.

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