Events
Deep Creek State Park Events

Park Amenities 
Contact Info. & Directions
Pet Policy

 

Schedule of Events

Discovery Center/Deep Creek Lake State Park

The Discovery Center is Free and open to the public
Daily 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Saturday, November 4
11:00 a.m. Story & Craft – Owls Join us as we read a story based on one of our animals and Native American folklore and make a craft to take home! Live animals on site!

1:00 p.m. Hungry Critters Watch the animals that call the Discovery Center home during meal time! As they chow down, you will get the opportunity to learn about their species and their personal stories.

Sunday, November 5
11:00 a.m. First Impressions Some animals are born with a bad reputation. This interactive program shows that even creepy crawlies have their own important role in nature. Great for all ages.

2:00 p.m. Aviary Feeding and Native American Folklore Stop by to meet our live birds of prey at their lunch time and learn Native American mythology that goes along with these animal species.

Saturday, November 11
11:00 a.m. Sleepless in Garrett County Find out how different native animals survive the harsh winters. Our naturalist assistants will talk about hibernation, brumation and dormancy.

1:00 p.m. First Impressions Some animals are born with a bad reputation. This interactive program shows that even creepy crawlies have their own important role in nature. Great for all ages.

Sunday, November 12
11:00 a.m. How the Turtle got its Shell Meet our Scales & Tales turtles and hear stories from Native American folklore of these charismatic creatures.

2:00 p.m. Aviary Feeding and Native American Folklore Stop by to meet our live birds of prey at their lunch time and learn Native American mythology that goes along with these animal species.

Saturday, November 18
11:00 a.m. Hungry Critters   Watch the animals that call the Discovery Center home during mealtime! As they chow down, you will get the opportunity to learn about their species and their personal stories.

1:00 p.m. Creating an Owl Join the Naturalist as we talk about the adaptations and secrets of owls. Meet one of our owls up close and then create your own. Develop nature journaling skills through observation and drawing or just come for fun.

Sunday, November 19
11:00 a.m. First Impressions Some animals are born with a bad reputation. This interactive program shows that even creepy crawlies have their own important role in nature. Great for all ages.

2:00 p.m. Aviary Feeding and Native American Folklore Stop by to meet our live birds of prey at their lunch time and learn Native American mythology that goes along with these animal species.

Friday, November 24
11:00 a.m. Pinecone Bird Feeders Make a Pinecone Bird Feeder to take home with you while watching the songbirds that call the Discovery Center grounds home

1:00 p.m. Roving Naturalist Take this opportunity to get up close and personal with some of the animals that live inside the Discovery Center and talk to the naturalists that care for these creatures.

Saturday, November 25
11:00 a.m. Hungry Critters   Watch the animals that call the Discovery Center home during mealtime! As they chow down, you will get the opportunity to learn about their species and their personal stories.

1:00 p.m. Story & Craft   Join us as we read a story based on one of our animals and Native American folklore and make a craft to take home! Live animals on site!

Sunday, November 26
11:00 a.m. Scavenger Hunts Choose from a variety of scavenger hunts, indoor or outdoor. Great for kids!

2:00 p.m. Aviary Feeding and Native American Folklore Stop by to meet our live birds of prey at their lunch time and learn Native American mythology that goes along with these animal species.

Saturday, December 1
10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. Holiday Open House Join the staff and volunteers to make your own Christmas ornaments or picture frames, take pictures with Santa Claus, free cookies and hot chocolate, meet and greet our live animals. Fun for the whole family!

Deep Creek Lake Discovery Center
“Bringing people and resources together”

Programs and Center hours are subject to change without notice. All programs meet or begin at the Discovery Center unless otherwise noted. For more information, call us at (301)387-7067

The facilities of the Maryland Department of Natural Resources are available to all without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, age, national origin or physical or mental disability.

Park Amenities

State Parks Big
Run
Cassel-
man
Deep
Creek
Herring-
ton
New
Germany
Swallow
Falls
Yough
River
Boats
Launch * * * *
Canoe Rentals *
Paddle Boat Rentals * *
Rowboat Rentals * *
Boat Slips
Camping
Improved * * * *
Camper Cabins 2 3
Unimproved * *
Drinking Water * * * * *
Reservations * * * *
Winterized *
Maximum Sites 30 112 39 65
RV Sites 26 3
Play Area * * * * *
Fire Ring/Grill * * * * *
Tables
Cabins
Reservations * * *
Furnished Cabins 1 20 11
Year-round Cabins * *
Concessions
Snack Bar * *
Vending * * * *
Camp Store * *
Interpretive
Interpretive Center * * * *
Naturalist * * * *
Campfire Program * * * *
Guided Walks * * *
Trails
Hiking * * * * * *
X-country ski * * *
Horseback
Nature * * * * * *
Snowmobile *
General
Picnicking * * * * * *
Shelters * * * * *
Swimming * * *
Fishing * * * * * * *
Hunting * *
Archery Range
Winter Activities * * * *
Attractions
Historic * * * * * *
Scenic * * * * * * *
Water * * * * * * *
Big
Run
Cassel-
man
Deep
Creek
Herring-
ton
New
Germany
Swallow
Falls
Yough
River

 

 

State Forests Potomac Garrett Savage River
Camping
Improved
Camper Cabins
Unimproved * *
Drinking Water
Reservations
Winterized
Maximum Sites 35 53
RV Sites
Play Area
Fire Ring/Grill * *
Tables * *
Cabins
Reservations
Furnished Cabins
Year-round Cabins
Trails
Hiking * *
X-country ski
Horseback * *
Nature * *
Snowmobile * *
General
Picnicking * *
Shelters *
Swimming
Fishing * *
Hunting * *
Archery Range *
Winter Activities *
Attractions
Historic * *
Scenic * *
Water * *

 

 

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Contact Information and Directions

Big Run State Park
Grantsville, MD
301-895-5453 or 301-746-8359
Directions: 14 miles south of Grantsville

Casselman River Bridge State Park
Grantsville, MD
301-895-5453 or 301-746-8359
Directions:  1/4 mile east of Grantsville adjacent to Rt. 40

Deep Creek Lake State Park
Swanton, MD
(301) 387-5563
Directions:  Take Rt. 219 S. to Glendale Road.  Turn left on Glendale Road.  Immediately after crossing the Glendale Bridge, turn left onto State Park Road. Go over small State Park Bridge and you will see the campground office on your right. Continue a short distance and the Discovery Center is the first left past the office. The park entrance to beach, picnic and day-use area and public boat launch ramp is the second left.

Herrington Manor State Park
Oakland, MD
(301) 334-9180
DIRECTIONS: Take Rt. 219 south to Mayhew Inn Road. Take right and travel to the end of Mayhew Inn Road. Turn left onto Oakland Sang Run Rd. Follow signs and turn right onto Swallow Falls Road.  Park entrance is about 5 miles on right.

New Germany State Park
Grantsville, MD
(301) 895-5453
DIRECTIONS: Take Rt. 219 south to Glendale Rd.  Turn left onto Glendale Road, cross bridge and bear right and continue to the end of Glendale Rd. Turn left onto Rt. 495 N., then right onto New Germany Rd. Go about 8 miles and turn right into park entrance. Savage River State Forest encompasses much of the Park area. NOTE: Savage River Reservoir is at the bottom of Dry Run Road off 495.

Potomac-Garrett State Forest
301-334-2038
DIRECTIONS: Take Rt. 219 S and travel 4.7 miles to Sand Flat Rd. Turn left and travel 4.4 miles to MD Highway (135) at stop light.  Go straight across through Deer Park and continue onto Boiling Springs Rd. Follow signs. Bear right at Eagle Rock Rd. for about 2 miles and you will see signs for specific areas, such as Lostland Run.

Savage River State Forest
Grantsville, MD
301-895-
5759 
Directions:  MD Rt. 495 to New Germany Road. Follow signs.

Swallow Falls State Park
Oakland, MD
(301) 334-9180
DIRECTIONS: Take Rt. 219 south to Mayhew Inn Road. Take right and travel to the end of Mayhew Inn Road. Turn left onto Oakland Sang Run Rd. Follow signs and turn right onto Swallow Falls Road.  Park entrance is about 1 mile on right.

Youghiogheny Wild & Scenic River
Swanton, MD
301-387-5563
Directions:  Between Miller’s Run & town limits of Friendsville