Dans Mountain State Park

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Dan's Mountain State Park
Maryland State Park
Country United States
State Maryland
County Allegany
Elevation 2,208 ft (673 m) [1]
Coordinates 39°33′25″N 78°57′13″W / 39.55694°N 78.95361°W / 39.55694; -78.95361Coordinates: 39°33′25″N 78°57′13″W / 39.55694°N 78.95361°W / 39.55694; -78.95361 [1]
Area 482 acres (195 ha) [2]
Developed 1970s
Management Maryland Department of Natural Resources
Location in Maryland
Website: Dan's Mountain State Park

Dan's Mountain State Park is a public recreation area located nine miles (14 km) south of Frostburg and to the east of the town of Lonaconing in Allegany County, Maryland. The state park occupies 482 acres (195 ha) on 16-mile-long (26 km) Dans Mountain and is managed by the Maryland Department of Natural Resources.[3]


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.[4]

The state park was developed in the 1970s, with the General Assembly providing over $800,000 from 1973 to 1978 for the planning and construction of the park's swimming pool and other site improvements.[5]

Activities and amenities[edit]

In addition to wildlife, mountain streams, and scenic overlooks, the park features an Olympic-sized swimming pool with bathhouse, concession stands during warm weather months, and a fishing pond that is stocked annually.[3]

Dan's Rock[edit]

Dan's Rock, the highest point in Allegany County at 2,898 feet (883 m), sits about three miles (4.8 km) from the park at the northeast edge of Dan's Mountain Wildlife Management Area.[3][6] It 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.


  1. ^ a b "Dans Mountain State Park". Geographic Names Information System. United States Geological Survey. 
  2. ^ "Fiscal Year 2016 DNR Owned Lands Acreage" (PDF). Maryland Department of Natural Resources. July 29, 2016. Archived from the original (PDF) on October 18, 2015. Retrieved October 14, 2016. 
  3. ^ a b c "Dan's Mountain State Park". Maryland Department of Natural Resources. Retrieved October 14, 2016. 
  4. ^ 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. 
  5. ^ Historical Summary of Capital Improvements Authorized by General Assembly 1964 through 1978 (Report). State of Maryland Department of State Planning. 1978. pp. 40–41. Retrieved October 14, 2016. 
  6. ^ "Dans Rock". Geographic Names Information System. United States Geological Survey. 

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