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Best Maryland State Parks to Visit in the Winter

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Best Maryland State Parks to Visit in the Winter

Green Ridge State Forest - courtesy of Maryland Dept. of Natural Resources

The Top Choices All Offer Outdoor Winter Activities such as Skiing, Hiking, and Snowmobiling.

New Germany State Park

Situated in the heart of 52,812-acre Savage River State Forest, New Germany State Park is a great place to hike and cross-country ski in the winter. It features more than 12 miles of designated cross-country ski trails passing through typical Western Maryland forest lands, and offers 11 on-site cabins that can accommodate from two to eight people. Cabins are furnished with heat, beds, kitchen and bathrooms, and are popular with outdoor enthusiasts. The 455-acre park is built on the site of a once-prosperous milling center.

Green Ridge State Forest

The 44,000-acre oak-hickory forest stretches across the mountains of Western Maryland and occupies portions of Town Hill, Polish Mountain and Green Ridge Mountain. It is an excellent venue for hiking and offers approximately 100 primitive campsites. Four newly-installed Adirondack style shelters provide hikers with safety along scenic and remote sections of a 24-mile backpacking trail. Outstanding views of the surrounding countryside can be seen from Point Lookout, Banners, Logroll, Warrier Mountain and No Name Overlooks.

Deep Creek Lake State Park

The 1,818-acre Deep Creek Lake State Park lies just west of the Allegheny Front on a large plateau known as the Tablelands or Allegheny Highlands, an area that may receive more than 200 inches of snow in the winter. Park offers four-season opportunities for hiking, mountain biking, cross-country skiing (hills-ungroomed), and snowmobiling (six miles of trails). Talks and hikes on the natural and cultural resources of the park, led by ranger naturalists, are available on a limited basis during the winter months. In addition, park offers snowshoe rental, and horse-drawn sleigh rides.

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