Winter Fest takes place every President’s Day Weekend. Held in downtown Oakland, there are lots of fun activities for everyone. Most importantly, many activities are free! It is a great way to spend time with family and friends as you celebrate the winter season. Oakland is about 15 minutes from Deep Creek, so it is also an easy drive if you are just visiting for the weekend.
Winter Fest Events
Winter Fest kicks off on Saturday, February 17, 2019. The first live ice carving starts at 9AM. Bill Sandusky, a master ice carver, shows off his work with live demos throughout the day. Also, there are pre-carved sculptures placed throughout the downtown area. You can stroll along the streets to check them out. Maps are available so that you can see them all. They are on display both Saturday and Sunday.
Lying just west of Swallow Falls on the Maryland-West Virginia border is a unique ecosystem that offers window into ice ages past. Because of its location on the western edge of the Appalachian Mountains, the Cranesville Swamp is home to plant and animal species uncommon for the mid-Atlantic region.
About the Cranesville Swamp
The swamp is different due to its “frost pocket effect.” The elevation is lower in a frost pocket, causing cooler temperatures and making that patch of ground particularly susceptible to frost. The combination of moisture and cold air create a landscape more reminiscent of habitat found much further north in Canadian boreal forests. Visitors to the park, managed by the The Nature Conservancy (TNC), are able to glimpse a natural anomaly created by this rare mix of altitude, temperature and precipitation.
A Look at the Past
Over 15,000 years ago at the end of the last Ice Age, glaciers
froze much of North America and northern
latitude species were pushed southward. The
area that became Cranesville settled in a mountain valley. The surrounding
hills catch cold air pockets and precipitation, pushing them into the valley. The
valley “frost pocket” is responsible for Cranesville’s designation as
a sub-arctic swamp. The preserve one of the coolest and wettest spots in Maryland, creating an
isolated refuge for species normally found much farther north.
Swallow Falls State Park is a true Garrett County treasure. It is one of the most photographed spots in the area. With unrivaled scenic beauty, it is a great spot to visit throughout all four seasons.
About Swallow Falls State Park
In 1906, John and Robert Garrett donated over 1,900 acres of land to the state. It is now known as Garrett State Forest. Swallow Falls State Park and Herrington Manor State Park are both part of this donated land. In the 1930s, they were developed by the Civilian Conservation Corps. Continue reading Swallow Falls State Park Quick Guide
If you and the family follow and love the American Ninja Warrior program on T.V. as much as our family does, then I have something special for you here at Deep Creek Lake! Deep Creek Marina has cleared out a sizeable amount of boat inventory from the showroom and have moved in a fun and challenging Ninja Course. There are many super challenging obstacles for kids and adults at any level. For those who don’t want to partake in the fitness challenge, there are many arcade games to hold you over while the family masters their ninja skills! Call-1-866-325-7627.
Obstacle Course Open Now!
Test your skills at the Deep Creek Ninja Factory!
We offer 4 different obstacle courses of varying difficulties and you can do whichever obstacle course as many times as time permits.
Sessions begin every 30 minutes, maximum of 8 participants per session.
Sessions begin every 30 minutes, maximum of 8 partcipants per session
*Local Special Fridays only!
*MUST BRING REPORT CARD TO QUALIFY
Locals Day is for students from the following counties:
– Garrett County, MD
– Somerset County, Pennsylvania
– Allegany County, Maryland
– Mineral County, West Virginia
-Grant County, West Virginia
-Preston County, West Virginia
Tucker County, West Virginia
Season: Available year round
Opening hours: Friday 3pm – 9pm
Saturday 11am – 9pm
Sunday 11am – 5pm
Sessions begin every 30 minutes, maximum of 8 participants per session
Location: 2010 Deep Creek Drive
McHenry, MD 21541
Included:– Guide on obstacle course to facilitate course and maintain safe environment
– We offer 4 different obstacle courses of varying difficulties and you can do whichever course as many times as time permits. Obstacle Course1– Slanted Steps, Traverse Box, Low Bridges, Sea of Poles, Devils Bridge Obstacle Course2 – Mushroom Steps, Cheese Walls, Floating Poles, Tilting Ladders, Jungle Swings Obstacle Course3 – Spider Wall, Cannon Ball Alley, Inverted Cargo Crawl Obstacle Course4 – Ascending Steps, Tilting Ladders, Zig Zag Planks, Trapieze to Cargo Net Bag, Spinning Baskets, Triple Warp Walls with Fire Pole Exit: 8′, 10′, 12′
Participation requirements: Minimum age: 5 years old
Deep Creek Lake holiday events make it a festive time of year to enjoy the area! There are tons of fun things to do at Deep Creek Lake that your entire family can appreciate. Our small towns offer unique activities and great ways to make memories.
Deep Creek Lake Holiday Events in November
Festival of Trees Garrett County
November 23 & 24 at the Garrett County Fairgrounds
There is something for just about everyone at this Thanksgiving weekend event that benefits the Dove Center. Breakfast with Santa, activities for the kids, beautifully decorated trees and lots of craft vendors are just a few of the highlights.
Annual Christmas Tree Lighting
November 24, 7PM, Uno’s/Honi-Honi Bar
Check out the Christmas tree lighting on the lawn of UNO and the Honi. Santa will be there for photo too. Area favorite, Boathouse, will start playing at 8PM.
Deep Creek Lake Ninja Factory is an exciting addition to indoor fun at Deep Creek Lake! Brought to you by the same folks that also operate Monkey Business and Splash Island, this is great fun for the entire family!
What Is Deep Creek Lake Ninja Factory?
Deep Creek Lake Ninja Factory is an indoor obstacle course for ages four and up. You can test your skills on 4 different lanes that vary in difficulty. You can choose your obstacle course. A guide is on site to facilitate the entire experience as well. Continue reading Deep Creek Lake Ninja Factory
Deep Creek Lake fall festivals fill this favorite season with fun family activities. Autumn festivities are one of the best things about life in Garrett County. The brilliant foliage inspires you to enjoy the outdoors while celebrating the season.
Deep Creek Lake Fall Festivals
Fall Fest 2018 is Saturday, September 29. Deep Creek’s newest state park, Sang Run State Park, is the venue. Bring the kids for pumpkin harvesting and painting, cider pressing, hayrides, crafts and demonstrations! Best of all, this is a free event! Get More Info
Springs Folk Festival
Within a half hour from the Deep Creek Lake area, you will find the historic village of Springs, Pa. It takes place October 5 and 6 from 9AM-5PM. It is a celebration of the arts, skills and labors of our forefathers. Bread baking, weaving, basket making, old-time hayrides and traditional Pennsylvania Dutch foods are just a few of the highlights. Additionally, numerous artisans are on-hand displaying and selling their work. Get More InfoContinue reading Deep Creek Lake Fall Festivals
Deep Creek Lake fall activities offer something for every age and interest. It is a season known for beautiful leaves and fun festivals. Each weekend holds opportunities to explore the outdoors or simply unwind.
10 Favorite Deep Creek Lake Fall Activities
–Play outside! The Deep Creek Lake area has seven state parks. Each offers hiking trails. There is no better way to leaf peep! Swallow Falls State Park is especially popular. Hike the Canyon Trail to see all three waterfalls too. Another popular spot is Herrington Manor State Park. You can canoe on the quiet lake.
The Deep Creek Lake Art, Wine & Beer Festival is one of the best loved area events. It takes place Saturday, September 7, 2019. Visitors and residents alike enjoy the festivities. It makes for a great Deep Creek Lake weekend getaway. Also, you can bring the entire family. So, there is no need to leave the kids at home!
Friday night, before the Deep Creek Lake Art, Wine & Beer Festival, local restaurants host wine pairing dinners. Reservations are suggested. Participating restaurants include: Pine Lodge Steakhouse, Uno Chicago Grill, Ace’s Run Restaurant & Pub, Dutch’s at Silver Tree, Mountain State Brewing Co. and The Manor Steakhouse. Also, McHenry Beverage is having a special wine tasting. Continue reading Spotlight on Deep Creek Lake Art, Wine & Beer Festival
Your Deep Creek event guide for mid-summer 2018 is filled with lots of fun happenings. The entire family can enjoy outings that give you the opportunity to explore the Deep Creek Lake area. As an added bonus, many of them are FREE!