Six State Parks are in Garrett County. All offer picnic and fishing areas; all but Casselman River State Park have hiking paths. Mountain bike paths, swimming areas, and boat launches and rentals are available at Deep Creek, Herrington Manor, and New Germany state parks. Rental cabins are available at Herrington Manor and New Germany state parks. Big Run, Deep Creek, Herrington Manor and New Germany state parks all offer canoeing, while campsites may be found at Big Run, Deep Creek, New Germany, and Swallow Falls state parks.
Looking for a vacation or short term rental at Deep Creek Lake?
Taylor-Made Deep Creek Vacations & Sales offers over 240 Deep Creek Lake vacation rental homes and condos. Ranging in size from 1-8 bedrooms, they feature amenities like private pools and hot tubs. Plus, many are dog friendly! Choose from lake front, lake access, lake area, and ski-in/ski-out locations.
Wisp Resort, Maryland, is 132 acres of ski terrain providing snowsports enthusiasts an incredible winter playground. Non-skiers will have trouble deciding what to do next with all that Wisp Resort and the Deep Creek Lake area have to offer: mountain coaster, cross country skiing, snowshoeing, snowmobiling, ice skating, fly fishing, chair lift rides and much more. Wisp Resort has a mountain of possibilities spring, summer and fall. Tee it up on the newly re-routed 18-hole Wisp Resort Golf Course or stop by the Wisp Outdoors Adventure Park to pick your next great adventure. Take a guided Mountain Buggy Tour or hop on a Segway for a tour. The Flying Squirrel Canopy Tour is the first challenge course canopy tour of its kind in the Deep Creek Lake. And for those who love the great indoors, there's the Wisp Resort Hotel's indoor pool and hot tub, fitness center, Sewickley Spa and great food and drink!
The Lodestone Golf Club & Wisp Resort Golf Course are located in the Deep Creek Lake region of McHenry, Maryland. The Lodestone Golf Club boasts a stunning Hale Irwin signature-design, created in collaboration with golf architect Todd Schoeder, that sits in the mountainous region above Deep Creek Lake and the well known Wisp Resort. Golfstyles Magazine named the Wisp Resort Golf Course one of the “100 Must-Play Courses of the Mid-Atlantic.” It was designed around the natural contours at the base of Wisp ski slopes, with breathtaking views of the mountains.
Deep Creek Lake is the largest inland body of water in the state of Maryland. It spans over 3,900 acres and has approx. 69 miles of shoreline. It is a man-made lake now owned and managed by the Maryland Department of Natural Resources (DNR). The lake is home to a wide variety of freshwater fish and aquatic birds, and is a year round retreat for sportsmen, boaters, vacationers and outdoor enthusiasts to enjoy.
Adventure Sports Center International (ASCI) is the world’s only mountaintop whitewater course. It's just a few minutes up the mountain from Wisp Resort. Choose from guided whitewater rafting, riverboarding or kayaking that can be enjoyed by beginners, families, and paddling enthusiasts. Just watching, walk the one mile trail surrounding the whitewater course and watch the excitement as visitors try their paddling skills in the man-made river channel.
Garrett County is home to beautiful mountains, rivers and lakes and offers an abundance of activities in every vacation season! Skiing, hiking, whitewater kayaking, camping, or simply curling up by the fire—the area's natural beauty is the perfect destination whether you seek days full of activities or just plain relaxing. McHenry, Maryland is a small community located in Garrett County, Maryland on the northern most shore of Deep Creek Lake.
We are the proud 2013 title sponsor of the Autumn Glory Festival, an annual event started by a group of turkey growers who organized and promoted turkey dinners. In 2007 The Autumn Glory Festival was listed as the top fall festival in the world by the popular travel site MSN.com. For the past three years, travelchannel.com has also listed the Autumn Glory Festival as one of America's 3 Best Autumn Road trips!
Scottish Highland Festival features the traditions of Highland music, games, and dance come alive at the McHenry Highland Festival! Visit the Clan tents and Celtic vendors. Kiss the highland cattle, watch the collies herd sheep, or pat an Irish Wolfhound. Join us for a weekend of Celtic celebrations–for young and old alike–in the scenic highlands of Western Maryland at Deep Creek Lake.
The Garrett County Agriculture Fair has been a community favorite in Maryland for over 50 years! Enjoy exciting product demonstrations. Buy gifts and collectibles. Experience a wide variety of arts and crafts. Stroll through the outdoor market. The Fair is fun for the entire family with a large variety of agriculture exhibits and animals. Plus nightly entertainment, carnival and special events at the race track.
Garrett County Memorial Hospital is located in Oakland, MD. The Hospital's Emergency Services Department is fully staffed and open 24 hours a day. The second largest employer in Garrett County, GCMH is supported by a staff of 350 professional, highly skilled employees backed by state of the art equipment.
Garrett County Public Schools Elementary: Friendsville Elementary School, Broad Ford Elementary, Yough Glades Elementary School, Crellin Elementary School and Swan Meadow School. Middle Schools: Northern Middle School and Southern Middle School High Schools: Northern Garrett High School and Southern Garrett High School.
Garrett College is a two-year college located in McHenry, Garrett County, in far western Maryland. Established in 1967 as Garrett Community College, it opened its doors in 1971, and took its present name in 2002. Taking advantage of its scenic surroundings and nearby Deep Creek Lake, Wisp Ski Resort and the Adventure Sports Center International, Garrett College offers an unusual Associate's Degree in Adventure Sports.
Garrett County Airport is a general aviation airport surrounded by the mountains of Western Maryland. The airport enhances the region's tourist industry and provides emergency air service evacuation and landing facilities for general aviation. Garrett County Government owns and operates the airport.