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Dog Friendly Spring Getaways at Deep Creek Lake

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Dog friendly spring getaways are the perfect way to enjoy R&R with your entire family. We have more than 100 dog friendly vacation homes, so there is no need to board your pup.

Spring is an ideal time to take a break and bring your dog to Deep Creek Lake. It is a quieter season when rates are lower and warmer temps are perfect for getting some fresh mountain air.

The Deep Creek Lake area is definitely dog friendly. Here are a few suggestions for enjoying a spring getaway with your pet.

State Parks

Garrett County has eight state parks with hundreds of miles of trails that you and your pet can roam for hours. We’ll highlight some of the most popular spots for families. Many have relaxed restrictions during springtime. Keep in mind that pets should be leashed and under control at all times.

Casselman River Bridge State Park also allows leashed pets year-round. This 4-acre area is popular for picnicking, fly fishing, and photography. Enjoy views of the 80-foot bridge that was built in 1813. At that time, it was the longest single-span stone arch bridge in the U.S. and was as an important link on the National Road from 1813 to 1933.  

Deep Creek Lake State Park is dog friendly with a few restrictions. It has lots of trails, plus there are picnic tables if you just want to enjoy the scenery and have a snack. There are several playgrounds for the kids too.

-Dogs are allowed on trails.
-Dogs are allowed in the Discovery Center parking area to access trails.
-Dogs are allowed on trails.
-Dogs are allowed in the Discovery Center parking area to access trails.
-Dogs can swim from shoreline in all areas except the swimming beach, docks, or fishing piers.
-Dogs are allowed in day-use area and lake (except for sandy portion of swimming beach area from Memorial Day weekend until after Labor Day)

Trails at DCLSP include:

Discovery Trail (1/5 mile) that offers lake views. (Easy)
Beckmans Trail (2 miles) This trail is moderate in difficulty and offers some local history at the Brant Coal Mine, which visitors can find by following the posted signs.
Cherry Creek Loop (3 miles) Also a moderate trail, it passes through multiple ecosystems from lake-level to near the top of Meadow Mountain. Travel through rhododendron and mountain laurel thickets and hop rock to rock.

Herrington Manor State Park has a total of twelve miles of trails. There are lots of picnic tables with lake views and it is a popular fishing spot. Dogs are allowed on all trails year-round and in the day use area with the exception of the sandy beach.

All four Herrington Manor trails are of easy to moderate difficulty. They are grassy and broad making them ideal for walking with your dog.

New Germany State Park allows dogs on trails throughout the year. In the spring, dogs are allowed in the day use area and the lake. A total of ten miles of multi-use trails range from easy to difficult. Keep an eye out for birds and wildlife. Bird species include pileated woodpeckers, black-capped chickadees, barred owls, and great blue herons.

Sang Run State Park is located along the Youghiougheny River. Dogs are allowed on leash in all areas. This quiet spot is good for picnicking, and a mile-long trail traverses the agricultural farm fields highlighting large old trees.

Swallow Falls State Park is a favorite place to visit with three stunning waterfalls.

-Pets are not permitted in the day use area or on the Canyon Trail between the Saturday before Memorial Day and Labor Day. Pets are permitted in the day use area after Labor Day to the Friday before Memorial Day weekend.

The 1.5 mile Canyon Loop Trail takes you past Muddy Creek Falls, highest in Maryland, Swallow Tails and scenic Swallow Falls along the Youghiogheny River.  Frequent rock outcroppings with wild rhododendron and mountain laurel are found along the trail. A side trip to Tolliver Falls offers a quieter side to the often crowded park trails.

Dog Parks

Garrett County has two fenced dog parks where you can let your pup get some off-leash exercise.

Bumblebee Road Park is located at 1249 Bumblebee Road, Accident, MD, 21520. It is just minutes from the northern end of the lake (McHenry). Open dawn to dusk, year-round, it has 40,000 square feet. It includes a double-door entry system, waste disposal, and separate fenced areas for small and large dogs. 

The Oakland Dog Park is located at 27 Oakland Rosedale Road, Oakland, MD, 21550. It has two fenced areas as well as an agility course and waste disposal.


Weather permitting, you can dine outdoors with your pup at Mountain State Brewing Co., Traders Coffee HouseArchie’s BarbequeHoni-Honi Bar, Canoe on the Run, The Greene TurtleBlack Bear Tavern, and Dutch’s at Silver Tree.

Final Thoughts

Choose a dog friendly home for your family this spring. It’s the perfect time to explore the outdoors. After a day of hiking and sightseeing, you can come home to a comfy house that has everything you need.

Deep Creek Lake Area Fishing – A Favorite Spring Activity

During the spring months, Deep Creek Lake area fishing opportunities abound!

Fishing is as much about the catch as it is about experiencing the outdoors. Garrett County’s miles of cold mountain rivers, lakes and streams have made it a favorite fishing destination. You can take a boat out on the lake, wade into a fast flowing stream or head to one of the area’s many state parks that offer fishing.


With 3,900 acres to explore, Deep Creek Lake supports a wide variety of desirable game fish. It is best known for its large and smallmouth bass fishery. Other common species include: walleye, brown and rainbow trout, chain pickerel, northern pike and yellow perch.

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Easter Dinner at the Lake

easter dinner

Easter dinner options make holiday meal planning easy! Whether you pick-up an entire feast with all the fixings or just some sweet treats, it is a great way to show your support for local restaurants.

Keep in mind some places may close for the holiday on Sunday. Be sure to give them a call to verify their hours.

Easter Dinner Options

Trader’s Coffee House
(301) 387-9246

Trader’s offers lots of sweet treats for Easter Weekend. Orders must be received by April 16 at noon. Please order 24 hours in advance.

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Deep Creek Lake Valentine’s Day Guide

Deep Creek Lake Valentine’s Day getaways are a great way to celebrate. You can treat your sweetheart to fun, relaxation, and yummy food during your romantic mountain getaway.

Looking for a unique activity?

This year, New Germany State Park is offering a romantic ski or hike (weather dependent). The Turnpike Trail will be lined with candle luminaries from 5-8PM. Call 301-895-5453 for additional information or to register

Deep Creek Lake Valentine’s Day Guide

Have your romantic dinner at one of these favorite spots.

Ace’s Run Restaurant & Pub
Their specialty menu is below. Call us at 301-387-6688 or email for reservations.

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Book Direct: Get the Best Price for Your Deep Creek Vacation

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Book direct with Taylor-Made Deep Creek Vacations & Sales to be sure you get the best price! February 2nd, 2022 is “Book Direct Day”!

We want you to get the best possible value when it comes to your Deep Creek Lake vacation rentals. When you make your reservations on our website, you can be sure that you are getting the lowest possible rate and great customer service.

Here are just a few of the benefits when you #bookdirect:

Avoid Costly Fees Charged by 3rd Party sites

Websites like VRBO and Airbnb tack on service fees that can be hundreds of dollars. Why pay more for your Deep Creek vacation rental? Book direct with Taylor-Made to avoid those extra fees. That money can be better used to play mini golf, rent a boat or take the kids snow tubing. Continue reading “Book Direct: Get the Best Price for Your Deep Creek Vacation”

Bob Carney Scholarship Recipients Announced

The Bob Carney “Commitment to Community” Scholarship is an award presented by Taylor-Made Deep Creek Vacations & Sales in memory of Bob Carney, the beloved Broker and Sales Manager from 2016-2021. He helped build the foundation of Taylor-Made’s real estate company and grow TMDCV&S to one of the largest real estate companies in the area. This award honors Bob’s legacy and his passion for our company, his team, and our community through leadership, commitment, and volunteerism.  

The scholarship was created by Taylor-Made owners: Jay Ferguson, Betsy Holcomb, Chad Taylor, Jodi Refosco, and Joe Refosco. Pat Franc, owner of Sipside Lounge and longtime friend of Bob Carney, also participated in the process and assisted with selecting recipients.  

Initially, it was a $5000 scholarship, but it was increased to $7500 due to the many incredible applicants. The scholarship was awarded to three local recipients in 2021. 

Jaclyn Jacobs, a senior from Northern Garrett High School, plans to attend a four year university this fall majoring in accounting. Ultimately, she plans to pursue a law degree. Jaclyn has given back to the community in a variety of ways. One of her endeavors is participation in the Deep Creek Lions Club Blind Skier Program. She also founded the Rotary Interact Club at Northern. It is a youth branch of the local Rotary Club bringing volunteerism into the school. Jaclyn is an active member of the NHS Student Council and is the 2022 class committee secretary. She has been a student body mentor and a member of the Envirothon Team.  

Ava Rankin is also a student at Northern Garrett High School. She plans to continue her education at Frostburg State University where she will pursue a degree in accounting. Ava is very active at school and in the community. She mentors the FIRST LEGO League, has been involved in First Robotics since 2012, and is a great supporter for the FRC Team. Ava serves on the Student Council and is currently the Student Council President. She is Vice President of the senior class and co-founder of the Rotary Interact Club at Northern. Ava has volunteered for the children’s literature center at Frostburg State University and has spent time implementing GaCo STEM wayward lessons to 3-5th graders. She is an athlete and a member of the girls’ varsity soccer team, cross country team, and track and field. 

Isaac Upole is a senior at Southern Garrett High School. He volunteers a lot of time into the Fellowship of Christian Athletes (FCA) Power Camps. He has volunteered more than one hundred hours working as a huddle leader and assistant baseball coach. Isaac will be starting classes this summer at West Virginia University where he will be a proud member of the Mountaineer Baseball Team. 

Currently, Taylor-Made is taking applications for the 2022 Bob Carney Commitment to Community Scholarship. Applications are due by June 1, 2022. Click here for more information or to apply.

Tips for Family Spring Break at Deep Creek Lake

family spring break

Family spring break at Deep Creek Lake is a great way to unplug from your everyday life and reconnect by making fun memories in the mountains.

This is a quieter season that offers a great value to vacationers. You can take advantage of some of the lowest rates of the year and enjoy activities at a leisurely pace.

Choose a Deep Creek Lake vacation rental, and you will have everything you need under one roof. Amenities like pool table and hot tubs will keep your crew entertained. Stay in a lake view home to enjoy beautiful scenery throughout your trip. If you need to work while you’re away, book one of our homes with a laptop friendly workspace.

Spring Break Activities

Keep in mind, some activities are open on weekends only. Check social media or call ahead to confirm availability.

Here are a few activity options that you don’t want to miss:

All Earth Eco Tours
Guided hikes at state parks and along the Youghiogheny River.

The Alley
Enjoy bowling, arcade games and snacks in nearby Oakland.

Axe Throwing
Open Friday, Saturday and Sunday, this is a fun activity for ages 8 and up.

Indoor arcade games, mini-golf, and bumper cars (open unless it is raining).

Fun Unlimited
Vintage and modern arcade games, mini-golf, pizza, and snacks.
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Deep Creek Lake New Year’s Getaways Quick Guide

Deep Creek Lake New Year’s getaways are a favorite way to celebrate with family and friends. There are lots of fun activities, festive events, and the mountain scenery makes your trip all the more memorable. It is a truly special way to usher in the New Year.

Deep Creek New Year's Getaways

Our quick guide includes reservation tips as well as Deep Creek Lake New Year’s  events. I’ll keep it updated as area happenings are announced, so be sure to check back often.

Reserve your home early! I can’t stress that enough. Our homes typically sell out well in advance of the holiday. If you wait until December 1 to make plans, availability will very limited.

-If you are hosting a gathering at one of our homes, take the stress out of the festivities by having it catered or by picking up takeout. Visit our concierge page to see Deep Creek restaurants.
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Deep Creek Holiday Activities for 2021

deep creek holiday activities

Deep Creek holiday activities are happening throughout the month of December. There are lots of opportunities to catch the spirit of the season. You can visit with Santa, attend a tree lighting, find the perfect gift local shops, check out Christmas light displays, and much more.

Deep Creek Holiday Activities

Christmas in the Village
Friday, December 3rd, 4:00 pm to 8:00 pm , Saturday, December 4th, 12:00 pm to 8:00 pm
Held at Spruce Forest Artisan Village in Grantsville, this is a favorite area tradition. Enjoy strolling and live music in the Village Church, activities in the Village buildings, hot chocolate and cider, and luminaries throughout the Village paths and over the Casselman River Bridge. In addition to the activities in the Spruce Forest Artisan Village, there are guest artists in the Great Room above Penn Alps. 

A Great Small Town Christmas
December 3 and 4, Oakland
A Great Small Town Christmas kicks off with a tree lighting ceremony on Friday, December 3rd at the B&O Museum. There will also be sleigh rides, carols, store specials, and a special treat from Santa! Saturday the fun continues with Soup N’ Santa! Area non-profits will hand out free soup (donations are encouraged), visit with Santa, free sleigh rides, live music, and local shopping.

Holiday Open House
December 4, 11 am to 1 pm, Deep Creek Lake Discovery Center

2021 Joy of Christmas Light Show
Daily 5 pm to midnight, Oakland Armory 14 N. 8th Street
33,000 lights of Christmas are synced to music! The 1 hour show starts at the top of each hour. Runs until January 1.

Holiday Lights at Broadford Park
Thursday-Sunday, 6pm, Set your GPS to 1600 Pittsburgh Ave. in Mt. Lake Park, MD
See the many light displays provided by various businesses, churches, extracurricular groups, and family groups. Money raised on the first night will benefits organizations. Cost is $10 per car.

Deep Creek Pottery
Weekends through December
Paint holiday themed pottery throughout the month of December. Ticket purchase is required.

Dutch’s Ugly Sweater Party
December 10, 6pm to 10pm
Dutch’s at Silver Tree will have Tito’s drink features and a contest for the best ugly sweater.

Children’s Christmas Activity at the B&O Museum
December 11 and 18, 5:30pm-7:30pm, B&O Museum in Oakland.
For children ages 4-9, children are invited to come in their pajamas. They will take part in a craft, have cookies, get to see Santa, and get a treat bag.

The event is free, but donations are always appreciated.

There is limited space for this event. Please call Nicole McCullough at 301-334-2691 to make a reservation. RESERVATIONS ARE REQUIRED.

Jolly Holiday Open House
December 11, 10am to 9pm, Deep Creek Lavender Farm

Brodak’s Cookie and Story Time with Santa
December 12, 2 pm to 4 pm
Brodak’s banquet hall hosts cookie decorating, surprise gifts, and story time with Santa himself!