Dan's Mountain State Park is located in Allegany County. The park can be accessed off I-68 at Exit 34 by traveling south on Maryland Route 36 for approximately six miles.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.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.
A pond that is stocked annually is an ideal place for anglers, young and old alike. Picnic tables are located throughout the park, and include accessible tables. Four pavilions are available for family and group picnics. 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.The primary feature of the park is an Olympic size pool that offers an accessible ramp for visitors with disabilities and a fenced wading pool. A modern bathhouse and concession stand serves the area from Memorial Day to Labor Day. The day use area, with additional picnic tables and a playground, overlooks the pool.Nearby, Dan's Rock Overlook affords a panoramic view of the surrounding region from a height of 2,898 feet.Dan's Mountain State Park has no overnight facilities. The park closes at sunset.