Wolf Den Run State Park opened in mid-July of 2019! It is Garrett County’s eighth state park. It is a great addition to our public lands. Totaling over 2,000 acres, it will give you lots more scenery to explore. When it was privately owned, it was used for off-road vehicles (ORVs). The existing trails are being improved when possible and new trails are being developed too. As a state park, it will be open for ORVs, hiking, hunting and fishing.
The park is named after a stream within the park boundaries named Wolf Den Run. It goes back to a 1901 Maryland Geological Survey Map of Garrett County dated. The stream flows through the northern section and into the Potomac River.
Huckleberry Rocks Area
This is the first section of Wolf Den Run State Park to open. Trail improvements have been made, and visitors are welcome with reservations. There are 12.5 miles of trails. Of that, 6.5 miles can be used for full-sized vehicles.
Plan the perfect Deep Creek Lake Memorial Day getaway for your crew! The holiday weekend is the ideal time to enjoy a little R&R at the lake. You can kick-off the unofficial start to summer making fun memories with family and friends.
Relaxation Starts at DCL
Treat yourself to some rest and relaxation with your feet up as you enjoy views of Deep Creek Lake. We have the best selection of homes with top-of-the-line amenities and convenient locations. It is easy to de-stress at one of our beautiful Deep Creek Lake vacation rentals.
Smaller groups might want to consider staying in a townhome community. Many of them have shared amenities like indoor pools, tennis courts and lake access areas.
Planning your Deep Creek Lake family reunion can be a lot of work. We put together some tips to make the process easier for you. That way, you can put more focus on all of the fun you will have enjoying time with your favorite people.
Make plans early and pick a date
The earlier you plan your Deep Creek Lake family reunion, the easier it will be to find one large home for everyone or several homes close together. If possible, make your reservations a year in advance. Your chances of getting exactly what you want in term of location and amenities when you reserve well in advance of your arrival date. Summer and winter are our peak season and offer lots of fun opportunities for outdoor recreation. Spring and fall are quieter times of year when you can take advantage of great, low rates.
Some families create a “reunion committee” to help with decision making. You can delegate tasks and make sure all of the details are covered. Google docs can be beneficial for organizing your info.
Blackwater Falls is less than an hour southwest of Deep Creek Lake. Blackwater Falls State Park is the centerpiece the West Virginia state park system. Strikingly beautiful, this enchanting park contains a dense hardwood and pine forest, half-mile wide 500 foot deep canyon and several cascading waterfalls. The region offers outdoor enthusiasts a wide array of activities to choose from including: hiking, kayaking, bicycling, cross country skiing, snowshoeing, nature photography and wildlife observation.
Blackwater Falls State Park History
Blackwater Falls State Park is named for the falls of the Blackwater River whose amber-colored waters plunge five stories, then twist their way through an eight-mile long gorge. The river’s “black” water is a result of tannic acid from fallen hemlock and red spruce needles. Although they are a natural component of the ecosystem, the tannins cause the river to be highly acidic. In order for aquatic species to survive, lime is added to the river to counteract the acidity. Continue reading Blackwater Falls – A Favorite Deep Creek Day Trip
If you like to hike, you’ll love snowshoeing at Deep Creek Lake! When the newscasters are frantically reporting the latest “blizzard of the century,” that’s the perfect time to strap on some snowshoes and head outside. Whether your goal is to get out for a leisurely walk in the snow or go for a more physically challenging adventure, you’ll find this traditional mode of travel easy to learn—and effective at getting you where you want to go. With miles of hiking trails available to snowshoe enthusiasts in area state parks, Garrett County is home to endless opportunities for winter backcountry travel.
History of Snowshoeing
The origin and age of snowshoes are not precisely known. Historians believe they were invented from 4,000 to 6,000 years ago, probably starting in Central Asia. Before humans built snowshoes, nature provided examples. Several animals, most notably the snowshoe hare, had evolved over the years with oversized feet enabling them to move more quickly through deep snow. Continue reading Snowshoeing at Deep Creek Lake
There are so many Deep Creek Lake hiking trails that you can explore! We are giving you an overview because we can hardly cover all of them here. Garrett Trails is a great resource for more detailed info on Deep Creek Lake hiking trails.
Deep Creek Lake Hiking Trails Overview
The statistics don’t tell the whole story, but they’re enough to entice hikers of all experience levels: over 80,000 acres dedicated to public parks, forests and open space areas, abundant wildlife populations and scenic beauty unlike what is found anywhere else in Maryland. The state forests and parks of Garrett County offer an immense, challenging and easily accessible hiking paradise.
Savage River State Forest
Savage River State Forest comprises 54,000 acres along the Savage River and the reservoir. It is the largest of Maryland’s state forests and features miles of rugged trails. Avid backpackers will enjoy the lengthy and picturesque trails found in this area. Big Savage Trail is the longest, following a 17 mile path along the ridge of Big Savage Mountain. Travel through upland forests of oak and hickory and reap the reward of the breathtaking view at High Rock. Before you lace up your boots, be sure to stop by forest headquarters to pick up a backcountry permit. Continue reading Deep Creek Lake Hiking Trails that You Can Explore
Check out the Garrett County Fair schedule! Make plans to enjoy this favorite Deep Creek Lake area summer event.
Fair week is a popular time for Deep Creek Lake vacations. Our homes usually fill up early. There is something for every age and interest. From fun rides and great food to exciting events and adorable animals, families can experience the best of Garrett County. Check out our top 5 favorite things to see and do at the fair.
The Garrett County Fair also gives visitors a glimpse into Garrett County’s agricultural community. It is a key part of the area’s heritage. Many local children are involved in 4-H and enter animals that they raise. This is a family tradition that goes back decades.
If you are planning your first Deep Creek summer vacation, it can be a little overwhelming. There are tons of fun activities and adventures to enjoy! We put together a list of some absolute “musts” for first-timers.
see the sights
No Deep Creek summer vacation is complete without a little sightseeing! One of the most popular attractions is Muddy Creek Falls at Swallow Falls State Park. This towering waterfall is the tallest in the state of Maryland. It is surrounded by pristine forests and amazing scenery. Plus, hiking trails lead you to two more picturesque waterfalls. This is a great selfie spot!
If you have kids in your group, you cannot pass up a visit to the Discovery Center at Deep Creek Lake State Park. Hands-on displays highlight the environment of Western Maryland. During the summer, they have daily events that include seeing the birds in the aviary,arts & crafts, guided hikes, fishing with a naturalist and more!
Deep Creek Lake upcoming events for spring offer something for all ages and interests. May and June weekends are ideal for enjoying the lake and the great small towns that surround it.
We put together a list of some of the Deep Creek Lake upcoming events that you don’t want to miss!
Deep Creek Lake upcoming events
May 19 & 20, Adventure Sports Center International
Weather permitting, you can take a thrilling ride on the man-made white water rafting course. MORE INFO
Little Crossings Festival Artisan & Epicurean Faire
May 19, 11AM-6PM, Little Crossings Festival Ground in Grantsville
This annual event features numerous local artisans as well as lots of specialty foods. There is a beer and wine tent along with beverage tastings. Area musicians will provide live entertainment on the shores of the scenic Casselman River. MORE INFOContinue reading Deep Creek Lake Upcoming Events
Deep Creek Lake restaurants on the water are favorite dining options for vacationers. Beautiful views and great food are the perfect way to end a day spent boating, hiking or skiing.
Deep Creek Lake Restaurants On the Water
No vacation is complete without a stop at one of these Deep Creek Lake restaurants on the water! All three offer the option to “dock & dine”, so come by boat or by car!
Ace’s Run Restaurant & Pub
Offering amazing lake views, Ace’s recently added a deck for outdoor dining. Serving lunch and dinner, the menu changes seasonally and features the freshest food available – much of it is locally sourced. You will find a variety of sandwiches, steak, seafood and pasta. You can also dine on the pub side that is outfitted with a full bar and a fireplace. MORE INFO
Taylor-Made Pro Tip: Go on a Wednesday for their “Pasta Night”. You can create your own pasta dish and watch as they make it!