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.
Friday – Sunday 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

 

Monday, January 1
10:00 a.m. First Day Hike Meet at the Discovery Center to hike the Beckman’s Loop Trail on this national day of hiking. Appropriate for all ages.

Saturday, January 6
11:00 a.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.

1:00 p.m. Tracks & Trails Walk Join the Naturalist for a one-hour walk looking for animal tracks and signs of wildlife. Dress for the weather!

 Sunday, January 7
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 Stop by during lunchtime for our birds to watch them eat! Get a chance to learn the stories of how they came to be in our care, plus facts about their species.

Saturday, January 13
11:00 a.m. While you Were Sleeping   What happens in the environment around us as we go to sleep for the night? Join the naturalist to learn about things that go bump in the night and that wander past a trail camera!

 1:00 p.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.

Sunday, January 14
11:00 a.m. Snowshoeing for Beginners Learn the basics of snowshoeing and join the Naturalist for a trek around the Discovery Center. Snowshoes are provided. Free-please call for reservations.

 2:00 p.m. Aviary Feeding Stop by during lunchtime for our birds to watch them eat! Get a chance to learn the stories of how they came to be in our care plus facts about their species.

Saturday, January 20
11:00 a.m. Tracks & Trails Walk Join the Naturalist for a one-hour walk looking for animal tracks and signs of wildlife. Dress for the weather!

 1:00 p.m. Turtle Talk and Craft Learn about Maryland’s turtles and meet our Discovery Center turtles up close. A brief craft will follow.

Sunday, January 21
11:00 a.m. Snowflake Discovery   Join the Naturalist to learn about snowflakes! Make a snowflake craft and try to capture “snowflake prints” if weather permits.

2:00 p.m. Aviary Feeding Stop by during lunchtime for our birds to watch them eat! Get a chance to learn the stories of how they came to be in our care plus facts about their species.

Saturday, January 27
11:00 a.m. Meet the Owls Join the Naturalist as we talk about the adaptations that make owls unique among birds. Meet the three species of owls that live in our aviary up close!

 1:00 p.m. Snowshoeing for Beginners Learn the basics of snowshoeing and join the Naturalist for a trek around the Discovery Center. Snowshoes are provided. Free-please call for reservations.

 Sunday, January 28
11:00 a.m. Pinecone Bird Feeder Making   It’s that time of year again! As you are making a pinecone bird feeder to take home with you, learn about the birds that are stopping by the Discovery Center bird feeders.

2:00 p.m. Aviary Feeding   Stop by during lunchtime for our birds to watch them eat! Get a chance to learn the stories of how they came to be in our care, plus facts about their species.

Saturday, February 3
11:00 a.m.   Tracks & Trails Walk Join the Naturalist for a one-hour walk looking for animal tracks and signs of wildlife. Dress for the weather!

1:00 p.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.

 

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

 

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