Dans Mountain State Park
|Dan's Mountain State Park|
|Maryland State Park|
|Elevation||2,224 ft (678 m) |
|Area||482 acres (195 ha) |
|Management||Maryland Department of Natural Resources|
|Website: Dan's Mountain State Park|
Dan's Mountain State Park is a state park in Allegany County, Maryland, located 9 miles (14 km) south of Frostburg, next to the town of Lonaconing. The park occupies 482 acres (195 ha) on 16-mile-long (26 km) Dans Mountain.
Dans Mountain was named after Daniel Cresap, the son of Thomas Cresap and an early settler of Allegany County, who fell from a tree on the mountain while hunting bear cubs. According to the legendary tale, Cresap's hunting companion, the Delaware Indian Nemacolin, found his unconscious body and using a horse and litter dragged him home to safety.
Activities and amenities
The park features a wide variety of wildlife, mountain streams, and scenic overlooks as well as a pond that is stocked annually, an Olympic-sized swimming pool with modern bathhouse, and concession stands that serve the area from Memorial Day to Labor Day.
Dan's Rock, the highest point in Allegany County at 2,898 feet (883 m), is part of Dan's Mountain Wildlife Management Area and can be accessed from Old Dan's Rock Road in Midland. There is no direct access to Dan's Rock Overlook from Dan's Mountain State Park.
- U.S. Geological Survey Geographic Names Information System: Dans Mountain State Park
- "FY2013 DNR Owned Lands Acreage Report" (PDF). Maryland DNR. Retrieved November 26, 2013.
- Goodwin, Lt. Col. Vaughn K. (September 1996). "Frontiersman Odyssey: The Cresaps of Maryland". Muzzle Blasts Online (National Muzzle Loading Rifle Association). Retrieved November 19, 2013.
- "Dan's Mountain State Park". Maryland DNR. Retrieved November 19, 2013.
- Dan's Mountain State Park Maryland Department of Natural Resources