Things to Do at Deep Creek Lake
State Parks and Forests-
Deep Creek State Park- What better way to explore the lake than at Deep Creek Lake State Park! Whether hiking, biking, or boating, Deep Creek Lake State Park is a family-favorite destination offering so much to see, do, and discover. Offering miles of trails, abundant flora and fauna, and a wonderful sandy beach, this park is the perfect place to spend the day. You can even bring the family dog along!
Discovery Center at Deep Creek State Park- Where can kids go to learn, touch, feel, and have fun all at the same time? The Discovery Center at Deep Creek Lake State Park! This 6,000 square foot facility is an interactive showcase designed to mix fun and learning in an environment where children are empowered to touch, interact, and ask questions. The kids will love the exhibits on turtles, foxes, black bears, and more! Plus, the center even has an on-site aviary full of rescued and rehabilitated birds of prey!
Swallow Falls State Park- Swallow Falls State Park is a must! A fan favorite for locals and visitors alike, this four-season destination is a hit for those looking to spend some time in the great outdoors. Boasting Maryland’s highest free-falling waterfall, as well as a series of smaller waterfalls and charming banks along the Youghiogheny River, Swallow Falls State Park is the perfect place for hiking, biking, picnicking, and more.
New Germany State Park- Located in nearby Grantsville, New Germany State Park features ten miles of multi-use trails and a small lake for fishing, swimming, and non-motorized boating. Quieter than other state parks in the area, New Germany is a great place to reconnect with nature and get away from the hustle and bustle of daily life.
Cranesville Swamp- Cranesville Swamp, a boreal peat bog located at the state line between Maryland and West Virginia, is a relic from another era- specifically, from the Pleistocene Epoch, or the time our last ice age. This swamp and the plants contained within it formed 15,000 years ago and remain perfectly preserved due to a frost pocket effect in the area allowing the swamp to remain cooler, and wetter than the surrounding areas.
Horseback & Carriage Rides – Discover Deep Creek from a different vantage: take a tour of the countryside and our opening rolling fields on horseback or in a horse-drawn carriage. Discover a slower pace of life and try this family-favorite activity, available at Circle R Ranch and Western Trails!
Rock Climbing- Take a climb! Both beginners and seasoned climbers are welcome to strap in at West Virginia’s Cooper’s Rock for rock climbing, bouldering, and rappelling. A guided experience is available through the Adventure Sports Center International (ASCI).
Splash Island- The first of its kind at Deep Creek Lake, the Splash Island at Will O’ the Wisp is a great way to combine family fun with fitness! This inflatable water course will have you slip, slide, and glide your way through obstacles that include a climbing wall, giant slide, and trampoline jump pads. When the summer days are long and hot, there is no greater place to cool off!
ASCI (Whitewater Rafting) – Locally known as “ASCI”, the Adventure Sports Center International is a man-made whitewater course on top of Wisp Mountain. Take a guided tour through the course with one mile of continuous rapids in a kayak, duckie, or raft. Plus, ASCI also provides guided rock climbing and rappelling experiences!
S.U.P. – Try the hottest new workout on the lake! Stand-Up Paddle Boarding originated with surfers in Hawaii and has traveled all the way across the country to Deep Creek Lake. By standing on the board, and using a paddle, riders propel themselves across the water in a leisurely fashion. Once you are on a board, you can experiment with your options from there; the boards can even be used as bases for yoga and fishing!
Kayaking- There is no better way to explore our lakes and rivers than by kayak! For thrill seekers, the Youghiogheny River and Cheat rivers are great options for white water rapids. But, if you are more into the serenity of flat water, consider an early morning ride through the many coves and inlets of Deep Creek Lake.
Local Farms, Merchants & Wineries –
Lavender Farms – Pretty and perfumed, Deep Creek Lavender Farms is a great place to spend the day! This locally run farm showcases more than 1500 lavender plants with 15 distinct varieties of purple and white. Pick your own bouquet, enjoy the views, or stop by the shop for a selection of lavender products!
Firefly Farms – Located along the main street in Accident, Firefly Farms Creamery & Market represents a community of cheese makers dedicated to making excellent cheese and promoting sustainable operations. Stop by their market to sample some wine and cheese and learn more about the process of cheese making in western Maryland!
Deep Creek Cellars- Deep Creek Cellars, nestled along the countryside, produces several great varieties of wine, made using sustainable farming practices with an emphasis on natural techniques, wild yeast formation, and limited sulfites. Headed by a husband and wife team, this boutique winery keeps the focus on quality wine. There is a simple formula for happiness: drink wine, read books, and be happy! At Black Bear Wine and Words, this process is made simple. This dual wine shop and used book store is staffed by knowledgeable wine connoisseurs happy to help you make a few selections. Stop by for the daily wine and cheese tastings.
Spruce Forest Artisan Village – Take a walk through the Spruce Forest Artisan Village, a series of charming log abodes situated side by side for visitors to travel between, interacting with artists, watching them craft, and purchasing hand-crafted artwork. With art ranging from textiles to metal sculpting, wood work and more, there is so much to see and observe!
Downtown Oakland –
Downtown Shopping – Walk the streets of historic downtown Oakland to discover for yourself why they call it “a great small town!” Full of coffee shops, local businesses, and lots of small town charm, spend the day discovering all there is to do- including antique shops, locally-owned boutiques and more. Join us in the summer months for the farmer’s market!
Farmer’s Market – From to June to October, head to downtown Oakland from 10am to 1pm on Wednesday and Saturdays to check out the Mountain Fresh farmer’s market and our collection of offerings from our farmers, artisans, cooks, and bakers.
Garrett County Museum of Transportation – Historic carriages, sleighs, buggies, and other automobiles are displayed in two floors of transportation exhibits. A perfect pit-stop when exploring historic downtown Oakland, the Museum of Transportation also features a variety of exhibits on our local state parks and the cultural heritage of western Maryland.
Garrett County Historical Museum – Explore more than 200 years of Garrett County history in one afternoon. The museum has several themed rooms including the B&O Room, Victorian room, Military Room, and more. Highlights include a fully operational replica B&O train that was featured in the Chicago World’s Fair in 1893 and an exhibit detailing Garrett County’s role in the Civil War.
Our Town Community Theatre – Our Town Theatre is a small brick theater located in downtown Oakland. Hosting a variety of productions, and the occasional open mic night, a visit to Our Town Theatre is a great way to support the small town arts scene in a quaint and charming setting!
Fun & Games –
Arcades – For kids and adults alike, Deep Creek is a great place to hit the arcades. Smiley’s Fun Zone, Funland, and Fun Unlimited all offer arcades, games, and more for anyone looking to partake is some street racing or zombie shooting. For those 16 and older, Fun Unlimited even has a wide selection of vintage games from the 1960s and 1970s!
Mini Golf – It’s a vacation classic for a reason! A favorite among families, groups of friends, and couples, mini golf is a sure crowd pleaser. At Deep Creek, there are great mini golf courses to choose from. Come play at Funland or at Smiley’s Fun Zone- both conveniently located along central Route 219/Garrett Highway
Indoor Pool- The Community Aquatic Recreation Center, locally known as the CARC, is an indoor swimming facility; with day passes available for visitors, this is the perfect rainy day activity.
Go Carts and More – It’s off to the races! Both Funland and Smiley’s Fun Zone offer so much to do! Go to Smiley’s for bumper boats, go carts, mini golf, laser tag, mini bowling, batting cages and more! Then, head on over to Funland for their go carts, bumper cars, climbing wars, carousel, and water wars!
Activities at the Wisp Resort –
Mountain Coaster – With 3,500 feet of downhill twists and turns, get ready to dip, twist, and careen down the mountain in a fun new way with the Mountain Coaster at Wisp Resort! Billed as a “gravitational hybrid” between an “alpine slide and a roller coaster,” this ride is a perfect suit for kids (3 years and older) and adults! Equipped with a hand brake in each cart, you are entirely in control of the cart’s momentum and are free to go as fast or as slow as you like.
Ropes Course/Zip lines – How much fun does the ‘Chipmunk Challenge’ sound? How about the ‘Spider Monkey Adventure’ or the ‘Flying Squirrel Canopy Tour’? These three ropes courses at Wisp Resort are designed to challenge climbers of all ages (6+) to series of zip lines, cargo nets, and more. The trained guides will help you get the adventure started.
Scenic Chair Lift – There may not be any snow on the mountain, but that doesn’t have to keep you away from the chair lifts at Wisp Resort! Grab your camera and a friend (or two!) for a lift up the mountain to behold spectacular sweeping panoramas of the mountainside overlooking Deep Creek Lake. Once you’re up there, consider a hike on one of Wisp’s mountaintop trails!
Day trip to Pennsylvania-
Flight 93 Memorial – The Flight 93 National Memorial, located at the site of the crash of United Airlines Flight 93, is a touching memorial to the victims of 9/11 and to the bravery the men and women of Flight 93 displayed in their final moments. On site, there is a concrete and glass visitor center and the white marble Wall of Names aligned beneath the path of Flight 93.
Fallingwater – Did you know that the famed Fallingwater house, designed by American Architect Frank Lloyd Wright, is less than an hour away from Deep Creek Lake?Built in 1935, this national historical landmark was named by the American Institute of Architects as the “best all-time work of American architecture.” The striking beauty and innovation of this home makes it readily apparent why the home has become such a critical centerpiece of American design. Come discover for yourself why Travel + Leisure Magazine named the home, “one of the 12 landmarks that will change the way you see to world.”
Laurel Caverns – The deepest cave in Pennsylvania is just an hour away from Deep Creek Lake! Laurel Caverns is a geological wonder! Embark on a guided tour of the caverns to penetrate 46 stories deep into the ground and check out the cave’s signature ‘gravity hill’, where balls appear to roll uphill. Feel adventurous? You can go spelunking and rappelling, too!
Wisp Resort Fantasy Valley Golf Course wispresort.com/Fantasy-Valley/296 Marsh Hill Road , McHenry, MD 21541 | 301-387-4000 Golfstyles Magazine named the Fantasy Valley Golf Course, formerly Wisp Resort Golf Course, one of the “100 Must-Play Courses of the Mid-Atlantic.” Designed around the natural contours at the base of Wisp ski slopes, with breathtaking views of the mountains, this 6,446 yard, par 70 championship course ebbs and flows along tree-lined fairways, and past strategically placed bunkers and water hazards. The multiple tees make it enjoyable and challenging for all players.
Wisp Resort Lodestone Golf Club wispresort.com/Lodestone/ 212 Marsh Hill Rd Mc Henry, MD 21541 | 301-387-4653 With some of the largest greens on the East Coast, sweeping views of mountain ranges and Deep Creek Lake along with stunning rock outcroppings and natural surroundings, Lodestone Golf Course is a mountain gem. Its fairways are large enough to be forgiving and the various tees offer variety and challenge for every golfer. Abundant wildlife is a highlight for many golfers while the bent grass tees, greens and fairways are the ultimate highlight for seasoned golfers.
Golf Club at Oakland golfatoakland.com 433 N. Bradley Lane, Oakland, MD 21550 | 301-334-3883 One of Maryland’s “best kept secrets” is just minutes away from Deep Creek Lake, Maryland. The Oakland Golf Club offers 18 holes of championship golf spanning 6395 yards of beautiful scenery and rolling terrain. Oakland is host to the annual Western Maryland Amateur Championship, which brings amateurs from all over the country to test their golfing skills. Although our course can be challenging for the low handicapper, it is also enjoyable for golfers of all skill levels, including beginners, juniors, and families.
Thousand Acres Golf Course thousandacresgolf.com 255 Thousand Acres Road, Swanton, MD 21561 | 301-387-0387 Thousand Acres Golf Club features a Championship Golf Course. The course has been carefully constructed to protect and enhance the environment while preserving the natural character and beauty of this exquisite piece of land. The front nine is currently open and available for play. Thousand Acres Golf Club meanders throughout the wooded terrain above a magnificent, picturesque setting nestled within the Appalachian Mountains of Western Maryland with vistas overlooking the southern portion of beautiful Deep Creek Lake.
Bills Marine Service 301-387-5536 billsmarineservice.com Ski, Fishing & Pontoon Boats, Trampolines, Kayaks, Paddleboards, Tubes, Wakeboards, Kneeboards, Skiis
Deep Creek Marina 301-387-6977 deepcreekmarina.com
High Mountain Sports 301-387-4199 highmountainsports.com Mountain & Hybrid Bikes, Kayaks, Paddleboards, Kneeboards, Tubes, Wakeboards, Water Skis
Silver Tree Marine 301-387-5855 silvertreemarine.com Pontoon Boats, Power Boats, Canoes, Hydro Bikes, Kayaks, Paddleboards
Aquatic Center, Inc. 301-387-8233 aquatic-center.com
Black Bear Tavern Located at The Fort, McHenry MD 301-387-6800 | blackbeartavern.com
Honi Honi 19745 Garrett Hwy, Oakland, MD 301-387-9100 | honihoni.com
Green Turtle Sports Bar & Grille 75 Visitors Center Drive, McHenry MD 301-387-7500 | thegreenturtle.com
Long Branch Saloon 1527 Maryland Hwy, Mt Lake Park, MD 301-334-4533 | lbsaloon.com
Moonshadow Café Main Street, Accident, MD 301-750-5094 | moonshadow145.com
Mountain State Brewing Company 6690 Sang Run Rd, McHenry, MD 301-387-3360 | mountainstatebrewing.com
Cobblestone Hair Studio 301-387-4247 cobblestonehair.com 19509 Garrett Highway, Suite 7, Oakland, MD 21550
Deep Creek Salon 301-387-5380 deepcreeksalon.com 24586 Garrett Highway, Suite 102, McHenry, MD 21541
Evergreen Mobile Massage 301-616-9386 deepcreeklakemassage.com Mobile Massage/Owner Allison Shaffer
Lake Salon 301-387-9400 lakesalon.com 95 Fort Drive, McHenry, MD 21541
Massage at the Lake 301-387-4477 massageatthelake.com 24453 Garrett Highway, McHenry, MD 21541