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Dan's Mountain State Park

Dan’s Mountain State Park

Dan's Mountain State Park serves as a day use seasonal recreational facility that covers 481 acres and offers a wide variety of wildlife, mountain streams, overlooks and scenic beauty. The park is located on a 16-mile long mountain that takes its name from Daniel Cresap, one of the first settlers in Allegany County. Perched high upon on the mountain in Lonaconing, Maryland, Dan's Mountain State Park is the perfect place to cool down on a hot summer day.

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The park is open from 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.

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 dependent on weather and other factors, so visitors are encouraged to call ahead to confirm hours.  The Dan’s Mountain Pool is also 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.

(Note: Many places fill to capacity on busy, nice weather days, especially holiday weekends. Please call ahead or visit the official website to get the most up-to-date information before visiting.)


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.


The park has food and beverages, fishing, hiking, historic interest, picnic areas, playground, pavilions and an Olympic size swimming pool.


Dan’s 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.


Last updated: February 25, 2021