Fall at Deep Creek Lake
A favorite event for all Deep Creek Lake visitors is the annual Autumn Glory Festival held in mid-October in nearby Oakland. Three days are pumped full of such fun filled activities as the Maryland State Banjo and Fiddle Championship, parades, Octoberfest, pancake breakfasts, arts and crafts, antiques, a wide variety of foods, and much more.
Both boating and sailing continue to be popular. What better way to view the fall foliage than by water! Some say that the fall is the best time for fishing. Early each morning, you’ll find ardent fishermen in search of the one that got away. Need fishing gear or a license? Local outfitters can provide you with both, as well as a little fishing advice.
Exploring the leaf bright trails by horseback is a relaxing, but exciting way to spend an autumn day.
With nearly 80,000 acres of state forests, hiking and mountain biking are other ways to view the bountiful Deep Creek Lake fall scenery. State parks have guided hiking tours and fall color hayrides as well as many other activities. Local nature tourism vendors offer a variety of outdoor activities that include: overnight backpack trips, wild land hikes, family float trips, bonfires, and much more.
Hunting has always been a popular sport in Garrett County. The state of Maryland maintains over 80,000 acres of public hunting lands. Deer hunting, turkey season and small game hunting are all available in the fall. Check out one of the local sporting stores for licenses and supplies.
For many visitors to Deep Creek Lake, the fall offers a charm of its own. The pace and excitement of the summer has slowed, the countryside takes on a majestic display of blazing color, and there is a crispness in the morning air. Once you’ve experienced the beauty and serenity of fall that encompasses Deep Creek Lake, you’ll return again and again on Maryland vacations to view Mother Nature’s blazing display of color.
The 4th Annual “TRI-TO-WIN” SavageMan Triathlon Festival will be held this September. All proceeds benefit the race organizer and charity cause – the Joanna M. Nicolay Melanoma Foundation, the “voice for melanoma detection, prevention, care and cure!” For more information about festivals see our Deep Creek Festivals page.