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Photo Release: Lt. Governor Boyd K. Rutherford Checks New Germany State Park Off the #LGStateParkBucketList

ANNAPOLIS, MDLt. Governor Boyd K. Rutherford today checked another park off the official #LGStateParkBucketList, his new initiative to visit all 75 Maryland State Parks by the end of his term, with a hike at New Germany State Park in Garrett County. Last week, the lieutenant governor visited Cunningham Falls State Park in Thurmont, Frederick County, where he was joined by park rangers and Maryland Department of Natural Resources Secretary Jeannie Haddaway-Riccio. In addition to Cunningham Falls, Lt. Governor Rutherford has visited six state parks, including Patapsco Valley, Rosaryville, Sandy Point, and Casselman River Bridge since January 1, 2019. He also visited Assateague State Park during his first term in office.


“New Germany State Park truly is a jewel of Mountain Maryland, providing visitors with wonderful amenities including cabins, campsites, walking and hiking trails, boating, fishing, swimming, and more, all perfect for a summer vacation,” said Lt. Governor Rutherford. “Whether you come for a day-long hike, a weekend camping trip or a cabin stay, New Germany is well worth the trip to our westernmost county.”


Located between Big Savage Mountain to the east and the eastern Continental Divide along Meadow Mountain to the west, New Germany State Park features 10 miles of multi-use trails for walking, hiking, and biking, a small lake for fishing, swimming, and non-motorized boating, plus a lake house and snack bar. It is also a popular winter destination, where visitors can enjoy snowshoeing, hiking, and skiing. A warming hut offers a respite from the cold as well as a snack bar and snowshoe and cross-country ski rentals.


Marylanders can follow along with the lieutenant governor’s travels and learn more about our state parks by visiting the LG State Park Bucket List website and following the hashtag #LGStateParkBucketList on FacebookTwitter, and Instagram. The website also includes an interactive map showing which parks the lieutenant governor has visited, along with interesting #RutherFacts and photos from each. Additionally, users can find more information and amenities available to visitors at every state park.