Springtime at Deep Creek Lake
Spring is a great time to visit Deep Creek Lake, Maryland. The days are longer, and the weather is starting to get warmer. Boating, canoeing and kayaking are popular spring activities, and docks are back in the water, allowing you to commute to restaurants and entertainment by water. Boat, canoe, and kayak rentals are available at several locations around the lake.
Horseback riding and mountain biking are again popular pastimes. Trail riding, whether by two wheels or four hooves, is an excellent way to explore the springtime beauty of the Deep Creek Lake area.
Fishing at Deep Creek is a popular activity in the spring, and you can buy licenses, supplies, or gear from a number of local outfitters. You can fish from the shore at public areas including Deep Creek Lake State Park, your lakefront rental house, or by boat.
Spring is a perfect time to explore the 80,000 acres of public lands or to seek out those enticing sites in Garrett County. Deep Creek Lake State Park is a popular destination forboat launching or picnic lunches. Pavilion rentals are available for large groups. Deep Creek Lake State Park also offers several hiking trails for varying skill levels. The Deep Creek Lake Discovery Center is a popular destination for learning about Deep Creek Lake including local history, wildlife, and natural features. Spring weather in Garrett County can vary greatly, so be sure to check the latest forecast for the area before planning outdoor activities.
The historic town of Oakland is only a short distance from Deep Creek Lake and is the site of many interesting buildings and noteworthy events. The Garrett County Historical Museum features artifacts significant to the area. Included in the collections is a wonderful Indian artifact display dating back to the Archaic Period of Indian Culture. Take in one of the fine plays at Our Town Theater featuring local talent.
The Casselman River Bridge in Grantsville is a beautiful site for a picnic lunch as well as a credit to early engineering design. It was built in 1813 and was the largest single-span stone arch bridge in the United States at the time. The bridge was part of the National Pike and provided a link between Cumberland, MD and Wheeling, WV. It was used for travel until 1953 when it was closed to traffic.
The annual McHenry Highland Festival brings the Scot out in everyone. Traditional Scottish dancers and bagpipe bands are featured. Scottish food and shops as well a sheepdog demonstrations and bagpipe contests will entertain you. The Festival is held in early June at the McHenry Fairgrounds.