Where is Deep Creek Lake?
Located in Western Maryland, Garrett County is Maryland’s mountaintop playground. With an elevation of 3,000 feet, one-fifth of the County consists of parks, forests, and lakes. Deep Creek Lake is the largest of several lakes, and is the focus of the County’s recreation industry.

What is so unique about Deep Creek Lake?
Where can you find a resort that offers a downhill ski resort (WISP Ski and Golf) with an incredibly gorgeous lake with 3,900 acres of blue, pristine water covering over 65 miles of shoreline? THE ONLY FOUR SEASON RESORT within a reasonable driving distance from most major mid-Atlantic cities. You can do most everything here. With two prime golf courses, a myriad of water sports, horses, hiking, white-water rafting and world-class fly fishing, the list is endless.
Swallow Falls State Park , located nine miles north of Oakland, Maryland, contains some of Maryland’s most breathtaking scenery. The Youghiogheny River flows along the park’s borders, passing through shaded rocky gorges and creating rippling rapids. Muddy Creek Falls is a crashing 63-foot waterfall – a spectacular sight. Tall hemlocks dominate the silent woods. The meandering trails through Swallow Falls guide hikers to some of the most breath-taking scenery in Western Maryland.
On a 462-acre tract within the Savage River State Forest is New Germany State Park, occupying the site of a once-prosperous milling center. Savage River State Forest permits several activities not allowed in the state park, including hunting, off-road vehicles, and snowmobiles.
Popular for picnicking and camping, New Germany State Park lies within the boundaries of Savage River State Forest. The 13-acre lake was formed when Poplar Lick Run was dammed for mill operation. This impoundment, known as Swauger’s Mill Dam, was named for mid-nineteenth century sawmill and gristmill builder, John Swauger.
Herrington Manor was designed as a state park in 1964, and encompasses 365 acres. The park offers swimming, boating in rowboats, canoes, paddle boats, aqua-cycles, picnicking, hiking, tennis, volleyball, and 20 fully furnished log cabins for rental use year round. Interpretive programs are scheduled during the summer; and popular special events such as maple syrup demonstrations, apple butter making, and cross country ski races are held throughout the year.
Garrett State Forest contains a diversity of trees, abundant wildlife and beautiful scenery. In 1906 this forest was given to the state of Maryland and was the beginning of our present public lands system. Mountain forests, streams and valleys make up the 8,000 acres in Garrett State Forest in Garrett County.
Deep Creek Lake State Park lies just west of the Allegheny Front on a large plateau known as the Tablelands or Allegheny Highlands. Its location at the southernmost end of Meadow Mountain places it west of the Eastern Continental Divide and within the Mississippi River watershed. It gets its name from Deep Creek Lake, a hydroelectric project constructed on Deep Creek in the 1920’s by the Youghiogheny Hydroelectric Company.
Casselman River Bridge State Park , originally constructed in 1813-14, the fine single arch stone bridge once served the old National Road which linked Cumberland, Maryland with the Ohio River.
The Potomac State Forest , 11,461 acres situated between the towns of Oakland and Westernport and partially bordering the Potomac River, is reached from Maryland Routes 135 and 560.
With 300 acres in Garrett County, Big Run State Park offers rustic camping opportunities with 30 unimproved campsites and a youth group camping area. Situated at the mouth of the Savage River Reservoir, the park is 16 miles from exit 24 of Interstate 68.