Events
Park Amenities 
Contact Info. & Directions
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Discovery Center Schedule of Events 

Saturday, February 6

 11:00 a.m.  Tree Cookie Decorating   Join us to customize your very own tree cookie to take home as a souvenir.
2:00 p.m.  The Lorax Movie  The imaginative world of Dr. Seuss comes to life like never before in this visually spectacular adventure.

Sunday, February 7 

11:00 a.m. Pine Cone Bird Feeder Making   Join the Naturalist to make your own bird feeder so you can watch our hungry feathered friends right out of your window!
2:00 p.m.  Aviary Feeding   
Join us to learn some interesting facts, hear each bird’s story, and watch these amazing raptors eat!

Saturday, February 13

11:00 a.m. Valentines Day Bird Feeder Treat Making   Join the Naturalist to make your own bird feeder so you can watch our hungry feathered friends right out of your window!  Special feeders will be made for Valentine’s weekend!
1:00 a.m.  Tracking Through the Discovery Center  
Join the naturalist for a brief talk about some of our most common animals.  See their skulls and pelts up close.  Then on your own discover animal tracks all over the Discovery Center.  Some are incorporated right into our building.

Sunday, February 14

11:00 a.m. Valentines Day Bird Feeder Treat Making   Join the Naturalist to make your own bird feeder so you can watch our hungry feathered friends right out of your window!  Special feeders will be made for Valentine’s weekend!
2:00 p.m. 
Tree Cookie Decorating  Join us to customize your very own tree cookie to take home as a souvenir.

Saturday, February 20

11:00 a.m.  Tracking Through the Discovery Center  Join the naturalist for a brief talk about some of our most common animals.  See their skulls and pelts up close.  Then on your own discover animal tracks all over the Discovery Center.  Some are incorporated right into our building.
1:00 p.m. 
The Lorax Movie  The imaginative world of Dr. Seuss comes to life like never before in this visually spectacular adventure. 

Sunday, February 21

 11:00 a.m.  Tree Cookie Decorating   Join us to customize your very own tree cookie to take home as a souvenir.
2:00 p.m. Aviary Feeding   Join us to learn some interesting facts about our birds, hear each bird’s story, and watch these amazing raptors eat! 

Saturday, February 27  

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!
1:00 p.m.  Planet Earth Movie in the Science Room

Sunday, February 28

11:00 a.m. Pine Cone Bird Feeder Making!   Join the Naturalist to make your own bird feeder so you can watch our hungry feathered friends right out of your window!
2:00 p.m. Aviary Feeding
  Join us to learn some interesting facts, hear each bird’s story, and watch these amazing raptors eat!  

 

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