Events
Park Amenities 
Contact Info. & Directions
Pet Policy

 

 

Schedule of Events 

Discovery Center/Deep
Creek Lake State Park
New Germany State Park Herrington Manor & Swallow Falls

Thursday, June 23

9:30 a.m. Brant Mine Hike Take a guided hike with the naturalist to the historic Brant Mine.  The hike begins in the center in our newly-designed mine room.  Once at the mine site you will see the remnants of a coal mine that was operated in the 1920’s.  Plus, you never know what wildlife we will see on the way. Approx. 1 3/4 hour. Moderate walking.

1:00 p.m. Healthy Parks Healthy People Hike Join Ranger Matt Tillet for a 5 mile hike through the woods on Meadow Mountain to learn about the natural world around you, and get your heart pumping. Begins at the Discovery Center.

Friday, June 24

11:00 a.m. Creating an Owl Join the Naturalist as we talk about the adaptations and secrets of owls. Meet one of our owls up close and then create your own.  Develop nature journaling skills through observation and drawing or just come for fun.

2:00 p.m. Tie Dye on the Beach Meet us at the beach to make your own tie dye shirt and create your own conservation message for your shirt!  “Give a Hoot Don’t Pollute” -wait that one is taken. You get the idea! $12.00 per shirt.

Special event June 25 and June 26

It’s a Bug Life Weekend

11:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m., Author Cindy Freland will read and autograph her children's books about the Chesapeake Bay and Deep Creek Lake on Saturday, 2-5pm. Books to be autographed and are available in the gift shop.

Face Painting 1:00 p.m.-3:00 p.m. Bug Crafts, Book Signing 2-5, Bug Hikes and more.

Saturday, June 25

It’s a Bug Life Weekend Events throughout the day

2:00 p.m. Little Guard For kids age 5-12. Meet at the beach and learn the skills of a lifeguard.  Kids will run a relay, practice throwing a lifesaving device, learn how to recognize a troubled swimmer and more.  NO swimming required. Free.

8:00 p.m. Magnificent Moths of Mountain Maryland Campfire Join Ranger Matt Tillet to celebrate our “It’s a Bug Life Weekend” for a campfire about the small creatures that we have all seen around our porch light, but don’t know much about.

Sunday, June 26

11:00 a.m. First Impressions Some animals are born with a bad reputation.  This interactive program shows that even creepy crawlies have their own important role in nature.  Great for all ages! 

2:00 p.m. Aviary Encounter Join us to learn some interesting facts, hear each bird’s story, and watch these amazing raptors eat!

 

Monday, June 27

10:00 a.m. Fishing with the Naturalist Kids 7 and up join us on the shores of the Discovery Center for fishing basics. Poles, bait, and tackle are provided.  $4/person, adults (16+ must have a license). Pre-registration is required as space is limited.  

2:00 p.m. Aquatic Adventures Join the Naturalist in the Discovery Room of the Center for this exciting adventure! We will head to the docks to use aqua scopes and dip nets to catch critters and fish that call Deep Creek home.

 

Tuesday, June 28

Our hands-on Science Room will be staffed with hands on activities!

2:00 p.m. Butterflies and Flowers Join the Naturalist for a walk around the Discovery Center grounds observing the butterflies that use our native plants.  Learn the difference between native and non-native plants and their effects on our environment.

 

Wednesday, June 29

8:00 a.m. Birding at Deep Creek You’ll learn how to bird by sight and by ear as we listen for distinctive songs on a stroll through the park.  Bring binoculars and meet at the Discovery Center.

2:00 p.m. Buzzing Bees and Seedballs Bzzzzz, Bzzzz, come see what all the buzz is about! Did you know there are more pollinators than just bees? Did you know we wouldn’t have most of our crops or even tequila without theses special critters? Join as we fly into the fun!  We will also make a special craft to take home with you and plant to help support our wandering pollinators!

 

Thursday, June 30

9:30 a.m. Brant Mine Hike Take a guided hike with the naturalist to the historic Brant Mine.  The hike begins in the center in our newly-designed mine room.  Once at the mine site you will see the remnants of a coal mine that was operated in the 1920’s.  Plus, you never know what wildlife we will see on the way. Approx. 1 3/4 hour. Moderate walking.

 

FRIDAY, JUNE 24

Weed Warrior Work Day, 1:00-3:00 p.m.
New Germany State Park is seeking volunteers ages 12 and up to help remove unwanted plants during a Weed Warrior work day on Friday, June 24.  Volunteers will be working with the Maryland Conservation Corps, which is an award-winning AmeriCorps program that engages young adults in extensive natural resource management and park conservation projects.  

The goal is to remove garlic mustard, an invasive plant species that spreads aggressively and out-competes native vegetation, such as spring beauty, wild ginger and toothwort.  Garlic mustard is especially threatening to the West Virginia white butterfly, a rare native insect that depends on toothwort as a primary food source. Pulling garlic mustard is fun and easy to do, with no tools or experience needed.  A limited supply of work gloves will be available, but volunteers are encouraged to bring their own.  

The work day will begin at 1:00 p.m. at the New Germany Lake House. Volunteers are encouraged to bring their own work gloves and bottled water. Pre-registration is not required.

SATURDAY, JUNE 25:

Stream Study, 10:00-11:00 a.m.

Participants are invited to discover the wealth of aquatic life living in Poplar Lick and learn about stream ecology with a park ranger.  Participants should bring footwear and clothing suitable for wading in a shallow stream. Meet at the Lake House

Camping 101, 2:00-4:00 p.m.

In celebration of the Great American Backyard Campout, New Germany will be offering a free Camping 101 class on Saturday, June 25.  The Great American Backyard Campout encourages people across the nation to go camping and connect with nature.  During the class, participants will learn basic camping skills, including how to start a fire, pitch a tent, and practice Leave No Trace outdoor ethics. Meet at the Lake House.


THURSDAY, JUNE 30:

Encountering Nature, 6:00 p.m.

Encountering Nature will take place every-other Thursday throughout the season, featuring a variety of different activities and experiences for participants of all ages and skill levels.  Activities may include hiking, working with field guides, making bird houses, learning survival skills, and much more.  Meet at the Lake House.


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* Kids 14 and younger must be accompanied by a parent at all times during the programs.

*Hiking shoes are recommended for the guided hikes.

*All outdoor programs are weather dependent.

 

 

 

Science Room Open!  Check out our new theater system and linked computer science stations.  Use our digital microscope to see snake skin, tree cookies, bird feathers and butterfly wings on our HD TV.  Use interactive kid friendly field guides to identify fish, aquatic insects and more.

NEW! Discovery Hands On Science Room!

Interactive, educational and fun!

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Deep Creek Lake Discovery Center

“Bringing people and resources together”

Programs and Center hours are subject to change without notice.

All programs meet or begin at the Discovery Center unless otherwise noted.

For more information, call us at (301)387-7067

The facilities of the Maryland Department of Natural Resources are available to all without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, age, national origin or physical or mental disability.

Park Amenities

State Parks Big
Run
Cassel-
man
Deep
Creek
Herring-
ton
New
Germany
Swallow
Falls
Yough
River
Boats              
Launch *   * * *    
Canoe Rentals       *      
Paddle Boat Rentals       * *    
Rowboat Rentals       * *    
Boat Slips              
Camping              
Improved     * * * *  
Camper Cabins     2     3  
Unimproved *         *  
Drinking Water *   * * * *  
Reservations     * * * *  
Winterized *            
Maximum Sites 30   112   39 65  
RV Sites     26     3  
Play Area *   * * * *  
Fire Ring/Grill *   * * * *  
Tables              
Cabins              
Reservations     * * *    
Furnished Cabins     1 20 11    
Year-round Cabins       * *    
Concessions              
Snack Bar       * *    
Vending     * * * *  
Camp Store       *   *  
Interpretive              
Interpretive Center     * * * *  
Naturalist     * * * *  
Campfire Program     * * * *  
Guided Walks     * * *    
Trails              
Hiking *   * * * * *
X-country ski       * *   *
Horseback              
Nature *   * * * * *
Snowmobile     *        
General              
Picnicking * * * * * *  
Shelters *   * * * *  
Swimming     * * *    
Fishing * * * * * * *
Hunting     * *      
Archery Range              
Winter Activities     * * * *  
Attractions              
Historic   * * * * * *
Scenic * * * * * * *
Water * * * * * * *
  Big
Run
Cassel-
man
Deep
Creek
Herring-
ton
New
Germany
Swallow
Falls
Yough
River
 

 

State Forests Potomac Garrett Savage River
Camping    
Improved    
Camper Cabins    
Unimproved * *
Drinking Water    
Reservations    
Winterized    
Maximum Sites 35 53
RV Sites    
Play Area    
Fire Ring/Grill * *
Tables * *
Cabins    
Reservations    
Furnished Cabins    
Year-round Cabins    
Trails    
Hiking * *
X-country ski    
Horseback * *
Nature * *
Snowmobile * *
General    
Picnicking * *
Shelters *  
Swimming    
Fishing * *
Hunting * *
Archery Range *  
Winter Activities   *
Attractions    
Historic * *
Scenic * *
Water * *

 

 

Contact Information and Directions

Big Run State Park
Grantsville, MD
301-895-5453 or 301-746-8359
Directions: 14 miles south of Grantsville

Casselman River Bridge State Park
Grantsville, MD 
301-895-5453 or 301-746-8359
Directions:  1/4 mile east of Grantsville adjacent to Rt. 40


Deep Creek Lake State Park
Swanton, MD
(301) 387-5563
Directions:  Take Rt. 219 S. to Glendale Road.  Turn left on Glendale Road.  Immediately after crossing the Glendale Bridge, turn left onto State Park Road. Go over small State Park Bridge and you will see the campground office on your right. Continue a short distance and the Discovery Center is the first left past the office. The park entrance to beach, picnic and day-use area and public boat launch ramp is the second left. 


Herrington Manor State Park
Oakland, MD
(301) 334-9180 
DIRECTIONS: Take Rt. 219 south to Mayhew Inn Road. Take right and travel to the end of Mayhew Inn Road. Turn left onto Oakland Sang Run Rd. Follow signs and turn right onto Swallow Falls Road.  Park entrance is about 5 miles on right.


New Germany State Park
Grantsville, MD
(301) 895-5453
DIRECTIONS: Take Rt. 219 south to Glendale Rd.  Turn left onto Glendale Road, cross bridge and bear right and continue to the end of Glendale Rd. Turn left onto Rt. 495 N., then right onto New Germany Rd. Go about 8 miles and turn right into park entrance. Savage River State Forest encompasses much of the Park area. NOTE: Savage River Reservoir is at the bottom of Dry Run Road off 495.


Potomac-Garrett State Forest
301-334-2038
DIRECTIONS: Take Rt. 219 S and travel 4.7 miles to Sand Flat Rd. Turn left and travel 4.4 miles to MD Highway (135) at stop light.  Go straight across through Deer Park and continue onto Boiling Springs Rd. Follow signs. Bear right at Eagle Rock Rd. for about 2 miles and you will see signs for specific areas, such as Lostland Run.


Savage River State Forest
Grantsville, MD 
301-895-
5759

Directions:  MD Rt. 495 to New Germany Road. Follow signs.


Swallow Falls State Park
Oakland, MD
(301) 334-9180 
DIRECTIONS: Take Rt. 219 south to Mayhew Inn Road. Take right and travel to the end of Mayhew Inn Road. Turn left onto Oakland Sang Run Rd. Follow signs and turn right onto Swallow Falls Road.  Park entrance is about 1 mile on right.


Youghiogheny Wild & Scenic River
Swanton, MD
301-387-5563
Directions:  Between Miller's Run & town limits of Friendsville