Can't-Miss Things to Do Around Deep Creek

By Jim Meyer

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Skiers at Wisp
Photo By: Clark Vandergrift
Running the Rapids of the Youghiogheny River
Running the Rapids of the Youghiogheny River
Kayakers at Deep Creek Lake
Kayaking at Deep Creek Lake
Photo By: Maryland Office of Tourism

Whether you’re looking for summer fun in the pristine waters of Deep Creek Lake, are seeking the perfect spot to contemplate the fall colors at the Autumn Glory Festival, or want to wait for winter and take a powder at Wisp Resort, the Mid-Atlantic’s premiere ski resort, Deep Creek is a true, year round destination. Learn to fly-fish at Streams and Dreams, dip a paddle at Adventure Sports Center International or on the Youghiogheny, or marvel at the craftsmanship of master artisans at the Simon Pearce Glass Blowing Workshop. Take the plunge and visit Deep Creek.

Hit the slopes at this popular resort in Western Maryland for your winter adrenalin fix.

1 Hit the Slopes at Wisp Resort

Wisp’s terrain park and 34 slopes, groomed to perfection, can challenge the serious skier or snowboarder or welcome a first-time newbie. If bombing down the slopes isn’t your thing, Wisp is still the perfect winter wonderland with ice skating, cross-country skiing, snowshoeing and the thrilling Mountain Coaster open year-round. 


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Type:
Attraction


Location:
296 Marsh Hill Rd
McHenry, MD 21541
855-238-0192


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Running the Rapids of the Youghiogheny River

2 Run the Rapids of the Youghiogheny River

For hardcore river-runners, the names “Top Yough” and “Upper Yough” are the stuff of legend. Top Yough runs three miles from Swallow Falls to the infamous Suckhole and is some of the gnarliest class IV and V rapids around. “Upper Yough” is ten miles with some leisurely class IIIs, but the run from Wait Rock to the drop into the Gap Falls pool is classic class V insanity. 


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Type:
Outdoor Recreation


Location:
Garrett County Chamber
Friendsville, MD 21531
301-387-4386


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Celebrate autumn at Spruce Forest Artisan Village in Grantsville. Photo By: Sarah Duck Garrett County Chamber of Commerce

3 See Where History Lives at Spruce Forest Artisan Village

Located on the historic National Road just a stone’s throw from the soaring stone Casselman River Bridge, old-world craftspeople still ply their trades in the Spruce Forest Artisan Village. The sound of hammers and anvils ring from centuries-old log cabins in this one of a kind place. After, try some good home cooking at the famous Penn Alps Restaurant & Craft Shop.


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Type:
Visual Arts


Location:
177 Casselman Rd
Grantsville, MD 21536
301-895-3332


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Arts & Culture, Shopping

4 Visit the Simon Pearce Glassblowing Workshop

Marvel at their traditional craftsmanship and cutting-edge artistry as Simon Pearce’s artisans meld fire, sand, air and skill to create unique expressions of art in glass. Take home functional treasures and objects of mind-boggling beauty from the Simon Pearce Factory Outlet & Glassblowing Workshop.


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Type:
Visual Arts


Location:
265 Glass Dr
Mountain Lake Park, MD 21550
301-334-5277


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Deep Creek Lake is the perfect spot for fly fishing.

5 Learn to Fly Fish

When contemplating your ideal getaway, does a river run through it? If so, Streams & Dreams Retreat is the perfect getaway. Their expert guides have tips for the seasoned fly-caster and comprehensive lessons for beginners on the banks of the Youghiogheny. Lose yourself to the sound of rippling waters, the swish of line, and the splash of a monster trout.


More about Streams & Dreams B&B, Cottage & Flyfishing Lessons


Type:
Bed & Breakfasts and Inns


Location:
8214 Oakland-Sang Run Road
Oakland, MD 21550
301-387-6881


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Kayakers at Deep Creek Lake Photo By: Maryland Office of Tourism

6 Go Boating on Deep Creek Lake

Feeling the need for speed? Rent a jet ski or a speedboat for wakeboarding. Looking for an unusual spot for a picnic? Take the family out on a patio boat for 360-degree lake views. Craving serenity? Canoe, kayak or rent a sailboat to enjoy the lake's 3,900 acres of cool, clean water.  


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Type:
Attraction


Location:
898 State Park Rd
Swanton, MD 21561
301-387-4111


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New Germany State Park

7 Hike or Bike the Eastern Continental Divide

Whether its rail trails or single-track, a family walk or an overland adventure you’re after, the beautiful trails of Garrett County have it all. Trace the Eastern Continental Divide where it splits Big Savage Mountain to the east and Meadow Mountain on the west in idyllic New Germany State Park, just one of the six state parks that cover a fifth of the county. 


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Type:
Attraction


Location:
349 Headquarters Ln
Grantsville, MD 21536
301-895-5453


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Climbers at Adventure Sports Center International

8 Experience the Extreme at Adventure Sports Center International

Home of the only mountaintop recirculating whitewater course in the world, Adventure Sports Center International (ASCI) lets you dip a paddle in a controlled environment with rapids ranging from Class II to IV. Prefer to get vertical? Try rock climbing and rappelling on their natural formations. 


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Type:
Attraction


Location:
250 Adventure Sports Way
McHenry, MD 21541
301-387-3250


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Garrett County Autumn Glory Parade Photo By: Garrett County Chamber of Commerce

9 Celebrate Fall at the Autumn Glory Festival

Travel & Leisure named Oakland the number one spot in the country to see the fall foliage, and there’s no better time than during the Autumn Glory Festival, MSN.com’s number one fall festival. This five-day celebration combines parades, crafts, music and the dazzling riot of fall colors for a perfect getaway. 


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Type:
Events


Location:
Garrett County, Maryland
McHenry, MD 21541
888-387-5237


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Featured Places
Snow Tubing
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Location:
296 Marsh Hill Rd
McHenry, MD 21541
Youghiogheny River Lake
02
Location:
Garrett County Chamber
Friendsville, MD 21531
Spruce Forest Artisan Village
03
Location:
177 Casselman Rd
Grantsville, MD 21536
Photo of heated glass
04
Location:
265 Glass Dr
Mountain Lake Park, MD 21550
Streams & Dreams B&B, Cottage & Flyfishing Lessons
05
Location:
8214 Oakland-Sang Run Road
Oakland, MD 21550
Mom and daughter by lake
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Location:
898 State Park Rd
Swanton, MD 21561
New Germany State Park
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Location:
349 Headquarters Ln
Grantsville, MD 21536
whitewater rafting
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Location:
250 Adventure Sports Way
McHenry, MD 21541
Fall foliage in Garrett County
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Location:
Garrett County, Maryland
McHenry, MD 21541
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