Dan's Mountain State Park

A stream at Dan's Mountain State Park

Perched high upon a 16-mile long mountain in Lonaconing, 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.

Danís Mountain Swimming Pool

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.

Swimming Pool Hours
The pool and water slide are open from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Wednesdays through Mondays. The pool is closed on Tuesdays. Pool hours are dependant on weather and other factors, so visitors are encouraged to call ahead to confirm hours. Private pool parties are available by reservation.

The pool and waterslide at Dan's Mountain State Park

Pool Rates
The fee for pool use is $4 per person per day. Children 5 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.

Private Pool Parties
The Danís 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. "Click here" for a copy of the pool rental agreement. For more information or to make a reservation, please call the Ranger Station at 301-895-5453.


Danís Mountain has four large pavilions available by reservation from April Ė 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

Dan's Mountain State Park offers an accessible overlook, an accessible ramp to a swimming pool, bathhouse, and tire playground. For additional accessible amenities in Maryland State Forests and Parks, visit the Accessibility For All section of this website.

Pet Policy

Pets are allowed at Dan's Mountain State Park except within the pool area. Pets must be leashed and accompanied by owner at all times. Excessive barking is prohibited.

History Highlight

Danís 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.
  • Dan's Mountain State Park has no overnight facilities. The park closes at sunset.

Physical Address:
Dan's Mountain State Park
17410 Recreation Area Road SW
Lonaconing, MD 21539
(301) 895-5453

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


Dan's Mountain State Park is located in Allegany County

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 veer left/straight at the sign for Danís Mountain State Park 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 Ĺ 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.

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

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

Contact Dan's Mountain

Phone: 301-895-5453

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.

Contact the Park Service

  • Toll Free: 1-800-830-3974
    (Annapolis Office)
  • Reservations: 1-888-432-2267
  • Park Watch: 1-800-825-7275
  • Email Us

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