Dog Friendly Deep Creek Lake Activities

Dog Friendly Deep Creek Lake activities offer lots of great ways to enjoy the area with your pooch! I put together some of my favorites that you don’t want to miss when you are in the area.

Dog Friendly Deep Creek Lake

Dog Friendly Deep Creek Lake

-All of our seven state parks are dog friendly. There are certain restrictions, and they are a little more strict during the busy summer season. So, be sure to check the appropriate park website for more details. During the off-season, you can take your pup for a hike on the Canyon Trail at Swallow Falls State Park. Pups can cool off with a swim at Deep Creek Lake State Park. They are allowed to swim from shoreline in all areas except the swimming beach, docks or fishing piers. Continue reading Dog Friendly Deep Creek Lake Activities

Deep Creek Lake State Park Quick Guide

Deep Creek Lake State Park is a favorite spot during all four seasons. There are tons of fun activities, and the scenery is spectacular! Your entire family could easily spend the whole day here. Also many areas of the park are dog friendly!

deep creek lake state park

Deep Creek Lake State Park Day Use Areas

The park encompasses about 1,800 acres. The day use facilities include the park’s waterfront and picnic areas. You can access it from 8 a.m. until sunset. Between Memorial Day and Labor Day, there are two guarded swimming beaches. Bring your lunch, and take advantage of picnic tables and grills. There are three playgrounds as well. You can fish from the shoreline when you’re not playing in the sand with the kids.

Currently, Wisp Resort operates the Beach Hut at Deep Creek Lake State Park. They rent canoes, kayaks, paddleboards, beach chairs and tubes. Paddling into Carmel Cove is a great way to enjoy the scenery. Continue reading Deep Creek Lake State Park Quick Guide

Early Summer Deep Creek Lake Events

Early summer Deep Creek Lake events offer something for every member of the family. Warm weather makes this a great time to explore the area and enjoy time outdoors.

early summer deep creek lake events

Early Summer Deep Creek Lake Events

Garrett County Celtic Festival
June 2, 10:30AM-6PM, Friendsville Community Park
Come out to celebrate the heritage, arts, and culture of Appalachian immigrants from Scotland, Ireland, Wales, and Brittany. Enjoy live music, Highland athletic games, lots of kids’ activities and more.

Maryland Symphony Orchestra
June 9, 7:30PM, Wisp Resort
The Maryland Symphony Orchestra presents “Space the Final Frontier”. The concert includes music from Star Wars, E.T. and Superman.

Deep Creek’s Talent Show at the Honi-Honi
June 16, 5-8PM
This fun event is in its eleventh year. So, don’t miss this karaoke-style competition. It benefits the important work of the Deep Creek Volunteer Fire Department.
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5 Easy Deep Creek Lake Hiking Trails

Deep Creek Lake hiking trails are plentiful! With seven state parks, there are almost endless paths winding through Garrett County. They range from easy to difficult. Many do offer more rugged terrain, but there are quite a few Deep Creek Lake hiking trails that are less challenging.

Whether you live here year round or own a second home in the area, area trails are a fantastic benefit of “lake life”. Enjoying the natural beauty of the area is something that everyone can experience on a regular basis.

I put together a list of 5 easy Deep Creek Lake hiking trails that are family friendly. Of course, you should gauge your family’s ability level before heading out to explore.

Deep creek lake hiking trails

Green Trail at New Germany State Park

This is ideal for beginner hikers. It is fairly flat and follows a native brook trout stream called Poplar Lick. In the winter, it is popular with cross country skiers. Park naturalists lead guided hikes that give you great info about the environment.

New Germany State Park also has a thirteen acre lake with a sandy beach for swimming. Spring through fall, you can rent kayaks, canoes, row boats and stand up paddle boards too.

Deep Creek Lake Hiking

Swallow Falls State Park Loop

This easy circuit hike is in Swallow Falls State Park. It takes you through a mature hemlock forest along the scenic Youghiogheny River. One of the highlights is Muddy Creek Falls. It is Maryland’s tallest waterfall standing at 53 feet high.

This is a good option when hiking with small children or friends and family that aren’t overly “outdoorsy”. Picnic tables and a pavilion give you a place to have a snack or a packed lunch.

Cranesville Swamp Preserve

Managed by the Nature Conservancy, Cranesville Swam offers a network of 5 different trails including a 1,500 ft. boardwalk. They are all under 2 miles long. Cranesville Swamp is located in a frost pocket. The surrounding hills capture moisture and cold air. So that creates a landscape similar to that found in Canada.

The area is home to over 48 rare plants and animals, including Jacob’s ladder, southern water shrew, and mountain earth snake. Also, there are more than 100 species of birds. Continue reading 5 Easy Deep Creek Lake Hiking Trails

Deep Creek Lake Spring Events

Deep Creek Lake spring events offer something for all ages and interests. Because the weather is warming up, it is a great time to explore state parks. Spring brings out lots of new listings too. You can get great rates on vacation rentals. So, you can have a fun weekend getaway while you look for Deep Creek Lake real estate.

deep creek lake spring events

Deep Creek Lake Spring Events

Ramp Cook-Off
April 28, 11AM-1PM, Deep Creek Lake Discovery Center
Ramps are a wild onion that signal springtime in the mountains. You can enter a dish or sample the entries.

Spring Flinger Disc Golf Tournament
April 29, 12:30PM (registration begins), Wisp Resort
This 9-hole disc golf tournament is fun for the entire family. Rental discs are available.

Birdfest
May 4-6, Deep Creek Lake Discovery Center
Guided hikes through area state parks give you a chance to observe native and migratory birds. Continue reading Deep Creek Lake Spring Events

Deep Creek Winter Events

Deep Creek Winter Events
Deep Creek winter events make this a favorite season to visit the lake. The holidays are especially popular. Here’s a rundown of what’s happening at Deep Creek Lake in the coming weeks:

NEW YEAR’S CELEBRATIONS

MoonShadow, Accident, MD
New Year’s party with entertainment by Optimus Riff. A $20 ticket includes music, appetizer, dessert, and a champagne toast. 301.750.5094

Wisp Resort
Celebrate with their house, DJ Jazzy Jan. Family friendly, there is no cover charge. The party begins at 8PM in the Main Lodge. Food and beverages (Including Alcohol) are available to purchase. Continue reading Deep Creek Winter Events

Deep Creek Dunk by Snowmobile 2016

Betsy Holcomb

Bob and Betsy Holcomb

Deep Creek Dunk by Snowmobile 2016

So I wake up on Dunk morning and notice the water pouring off the icicles on the back window. Normally the temps are brutal cold on the morning of the Deep Creek Dunk and last year we had a storm on top of it that made it hard for people to even get to the event. My wife Betsy and I tentatively planned on going to the Deep Creek Dunk by snowmobiles 2016 but grew increasingly concerned at the warm morning we were experiencing. Continue reading Deep Creek Dunk by Snowmobile 2016

Greetings from Deep Creek Lake…Pathway to Homeownership…Events

Betsy Holcomb

 

 

 

No matter the season here at the lake, there is one constant…the sunrises and sunsets are absolutely stunning!  This view never gets old; it puts off an overwhelming feeling of peace and gratefulness each day I have the opportunity to see it. Continue reading Greetings from Deep Creek Lake…Pathway to Homeownership…Events

Greetings from Deep Creek Lake-Market Stats-Events

Greetings from Deep Creek Lake-Market Stats-Events

Greetings from Deep Creek Lake-Market Stats-Events

We’re still catching leaves here at the lake while waiting for our first snow.  Not that I’m rushing it along, but once it turns cold it might as well turn white, too!  Now is a fine time to bust out the skis or snowboard and have them waxed and tuned for the 2015/16 season. Continue reading Greetings from Deep Creek Lake-Market Stats-Events

Greetings from Deep Creek Lake…Hangin’ on to Fall…Market Stats…Halloween Events

Betsy Holcomb

 

 

Another beautiful Autumn Glory Festival is in the books!  The leaves were in perfect color and the temperatures were just right.  The photo below was taken from the back side of the dam on Oakland Sang Run Road looking across the mountain toward Lodestone Golf Course.  Continue reading Greetings from Deep Creek Lake…Hangin’ on to Fall…Market Stats…Halloween Events