Events
Park Amenities 
Contact Info. & Directions
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Schedule of Events 

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

Tuesday, July 26

10:00  a.m.  What’s That Reptile?  Come to the Discovery Center to learn about the reptiles and amphibians in the Center and you may have a chance to touch these amazing cold-blooded creatures!

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, July 27

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, July 28

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.

10:00 p.m. Healthy Parks Healthy People Hike Join Ranger Matt Tillett 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.

1:00 – 3:00 p.m.  Smokey Bear  Smokey will be at the Discovery Center from 1 – 3.  Stop by for a photo and to meet this important Bear!

Friday, July 29

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.

Saturday, July 30

11:00 a.m.  Hungry Critters  Meet us inside the Discovery Center as we feed the critters!  You will be given a chance to touch a live reptile or amphibian!

Watch for the Scales and Tales Naturalist at the beach in the afternoon.

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.  Old Fashioned Campfire with Ranger Carolyn Mathews  Campfires have been one of the main stay programs for the MD Park Service for decades!  Join us for a fun evening of strumming, singing, and stories around the campfire.  The campfire wouldn’t be complete without roasting marshmallows at the end!  Fun for the whole family!

Sunday, July 31

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!


SATURDAY, JULY 30:
Coyote Adventures, 11:00 a.m. - 2:30 p.m.
New Germany State Park will host a Coyote Adventures Family Outing on July 30th. This is a free activity for families with children ages 7-14, designed to help children experience and connect with the natural world.

The activity will take place from 11:00 a.m. - 2:30 p.m, with a break for lunch.  Children must be accompanied by a parent or guardian at all times.  Participants should dress appropriately for the outdoors and bring a backpack with drinking water and a packed lunch.  The use of cell phones and other electronic devices will not be permitted during the activity.  Additional outings will take place on August 13, and September 3, 2016.  Meet at the Lake House. 
Twilight Paddle, 7:00 p.m.
On this peaceful, evening paddle, participants are invited to explore New Germany Lake and discover some of the many species that call the lake their home.  Kayaks and canoes will be provided on a first come, first served basis.  Meet at the Lake House.

SUNDAY, JULY 31:
Alien Invaders Hike, 2:00 p.m.                     
During this easy hike, participants will learn how to identify some of the common non-native and invasive plants found in the area.  More importantly, participants will learn about the negative impacts of these “alien invaders,” and why native plants are so important to our environment.  Meet at the Lake House
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THURSDAY, AUGUST 4:
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.




Tuesday, July 26

2:00pm – 3:00pm  Healthy Hiking  (Meet at the Herrington Manor Ranger Station)
Looking for a way to get in shape while enjoying the great outdoors? Lace up a pair of sturdy shoes and join park staff on an all-inclusive fitness hike and let the parks help make your life better.

 

 

* 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