Deep Creek Lake and Garrett County are home to a great variety of wildlife, as well as many diverse types of flora and fauna. What better way to view them than by getting out in nature and taking a hike?  There are many Deep Creek Lake hiking trails that offer miles of hiking options for all ages and ability levels. There are four state parks in Garrett County offering a variety of self- guided hiking trails for hikers to travel at their own pace. Exploring the Deep Creek area is fun and exciting, but there are several considerations to take note of when hiking in Garrett County:

Weather– each of the four seasons offer breathtaking hiking opportunities in Garrett County, and with each season comes different weather related concerns.  It is important to remember that the weather can change quickly up here in the mountains.  Always make sure to check the weather forecast and pack and dress accordingly before you go out for a hike, no matter the length of the hike.

Footwear – most of the trails in Garrett County are rocky and are often muddy, so keep in mind that when choosing your footwear you will need a couple options.  Choosing a sock that is made of a “quick-drying” fabric, is a great way to keep your feet at a comfortable temperature during your hike.

Outerwear– with rapidly changing weather here in Deep Creek Lake, sometimes even in an hour’s time, it is important to dress in layers and bring a rain jacket with you. Even if the sun is shining when you start your hike, you want to be prepared for your adventure, all the way through.


Food and Water – food is your fuel! So no matter the length of your hike, always bring food and plenty of water.  Popular hiking foods include trail mix, granola bars, and energy bars.  These items are lightweight and require no preparation.

Animals/ other dangers – while most animals try to avoid human interaction, encounters with animals inevitably occur. If you encounter an animal, do not try to pet or feed the animal. Share the woods!

Trail Maps – all of the state parks provide a Deep Creek Lake hiking trail maps to guests for free or for a minimal fee.  These guides are highly recommended, as they are intended to make your hiking excursion a fun and safe experience.

Now that you have an idea of what to expect on a hike in Garrett County, come enjoy our Deep Creek Lake trails!