Events
Deep Creek State Park Events
Friend's Delight Events
Herrington Manor / Swallow Falls State Park Events
New Germany Events
Park Amenities 
Contact Info. & Directions
Pet Policy

 

Schedule of Events 

Discovery Center/Deep Creek Lake State Park

The Discovery Center is Free and open to the public
Daily 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Friday, September 1

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.

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. 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
 
Saturday, September 2
 
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!
 
8:00 p.m. Scales & Tales Campfire There’s nothing better than a holiday weekend, and a Scales & Tales Campfire.  Get the chance to meet some of our animal ambassadors while learning the story of how they came to be in our care.  Marshmallow roasting to follow.
 
Sunday, September 3
 
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!
 
Friday, September 8
 
8:00 a.m. Birding at Sang Run  Learn tips to birding by ear and listen for distinctive songs as we stroll through Friend’s Delight.  Meet at the kayak launch. Bring binoculars and wear waterproof hiking boots.  Walk is medium difficulty and will last approx. 2 hours.
 
Saturday, September 9
 
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.
 
Sunday, September 10
 
10:00 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.
 
2:00 p.m. Aviary Encounter Join us to learn some interesting facts, hear each bird’s story, and watch these amazing raptors eat!
 
Friday, September 15
 
8:00 a.m. Birding at Sang Run  Learn tips to birding by ear and listen for distinctive songs as we stroll through Friend’s Delight.  Meet at the kayak launch. Bring binoculars and wear waterproof hiking boots.  Walk is medium difficulty and will last approx. 2 hours.
 
Saturday, September 16
 
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.  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.
 
Sunday, September 17
 
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!
 
Friday, September 22
 
8:00 a.m. Birding at Sang Run  Learn tips to birding by ear and listen for distinctive songs as we stroll through Friend’s Delight.  Meet at the kayak launch. Bring binoculars and wear waterproof hiking boots.  Walk is medium difficulty and will last approx. 2 hours.
 
Saturday, September 23
 
11:00 a.m. Buzz into Pollination 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 these special critters? Join as we fly into the fun!  We will even have a sample of a sweet treat for which we can thank a pollinator.
 
2:00 p.m.  Fall Colors Hike  Join the Naturalitst for a guided hike on Meadow Mountain to experience fall colors and explore the changing seasons through trees, flowers, and wildlife.  2 hrs.  Moderate hiking.
 
Sunday, September 24
 
11:00 a.m.  While You Were Sleeping   What happens in the environment around us as we go to sleep for the night?  Join the naturalist to find out, and learn about things that go bump in the night.  Hands on and 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, September 30
 
8:00 a.m. Birding at Sang Run  Learn tips to birding by ear and listen for distinctive songs as we stroll through Friend’s Delight.  Meet at the kayak launch. Bring binoculars and wear waterproof hiking boots.  Walk is medium difficulty and will last approx. 2 hours.
 
10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.  Fall Fest at Sang Run State Park

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.

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

Friend’s Delight at Sang Run

Friend's Delight at Sang Run is Free and open to the public
Wednesday through Sunday 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Friday, September 1

11:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. Dutch Oven Demonstration Join the ranger for the how to’s of Dutch oven cooking.  From cooking to cleaning!  And best of all samples will be available! Free

1:00 p.m. Butterflies & Flowers Walk Join the naturalist for a butterfly and native flower walk around the property.  We will discuss native vs. non-native plants as well as good garden attractants.  Approx. 1 hour Free

Saturday, September 2

1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.  Lunch-time Hayrides  Bring the family for this iconic tractor pulled hayride around the Friends Farm.  $2.00/person

Daily Programs
Friday: :  8 a.m. Bird Walk  Join Connie Skipper for a bird walk around this prolific birding area.  From the Yough River to the farm.  Bring your binoculars as we explore this diverse habitat. (we have some to lend) appx. 2 hours Free

Saturday: 12:00-2:00 p.m.  Hayrides Bring the family for this iconic tractor pulled hayride around the Friends Farm.  $2.00 per person.

Sunday: 11-3 p.m. Traditions Day Stop by for traditional crafts and activities.  Candle dipping, quilt squares, tin punching, corn hole and more!

9th Annual Fall Festival  - September 30
Appalachian Basket Weaver Georgia Johnson
demonstrating and selling. Potter—Teddy Latta, Bee keeping and honey for sale
apple cider making, pumpkin carving, hayrides, edible plants, traditional crafts,
Apple butter making, 8 a.m. bird walk
 

Herrington Manor and Swallow Falls State Park
 
Events TBD

 

** 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 programs are weather dependent.

 

New Germany State Park

 

Sept. 1:

Volleyball
5 p.m. at the Volleyball Court (Shine only)
Join park staff in partnership with Healthy Parks, Healthy People for a noncompetitive pickup game. Please wear running shoes or sneakers.

Old-Time Jam 
6:30 p.m. at the Lake House (Rain or shine)
Musicians and listeners of all ages are invited to share and enjoy traditional “old-timey” music. Snacks and gifts will be available for purchase.

Sept. 2:

Exploring the Language of Nature 
6 p.m. at the Lake House (Shine only)
On this 45-minute walk, volunteer naturalist Jack Slocomb will guide you through a discovery process designed to create a deep sense of connection with nature.
You'll be exposed to native plants and animals and will learn the indicators of various natural habitats.
This activity is suited for ages 5 and up. Children must be accompanied by a parent/guardian. Dress for hiking and bring a bottle of water.

The Art of Blacksmithing 
7 p.m. outside the Lake House (Shine only)
Local metal sculptor and blacksmith, Kenny Braitman, will conduct hands-on demonstrations and instruction on the unique art of sculpting metal.

Sept. 3:

Crosscut Saw Competition
1 p.m. outside the Lake House (Shine only)
Put your lumberjack skills to the test during a friendly two-person cross-cut saw competition. Families will have the opportunity to learn about some of the early tools and tricks that the Civilian Conservation Corps used to construct log cabins and other structures.

 

Sept. 7:

Ultimate Frisbee
5 p.m. outside the Lake House (Shine only)
Join park staff in partnership with Healthy Parks, Healthy People for a noncompetitive pickup game. Please wear running shoes or sneakers.

Sept. 8:

Dream Catcher Craft 
5 p.m. at the Nature Center (Rain or shine)
Join our naturalist to learn about the Native American legend and tradition of dream catchers. You will get to make of your own using natural materials.  

Sept. 9:

Wilderness Wayfinding 
3 p.m. at the Lake House (Shine only)
During this interactive program, you will learn how to navigate the old-fashioned way - without a GPS. After some basic instructions, you will have a chance to test your skills and search for a prize. Compasses are limited.

 

Sept. 10:

Nature Hike 
10 a.m. outside the Lake House (Shine only)
Join a park ranger on this easy, kid-friendly hike and learn why native plants are so important for native wildlife. After the hike, children will have a chance to test their camouflage skills in the thicket game.

 

Sept. 15:

Mountain Biking
5 p.m. outside the Lake House (Shine only)
Join park staff in partnership with Healthy Parks, Healthy People for a beginner mountain bike ride. Please bring your own bike and helmet (required).

 

Sept. 16:

Too Close for Comfort?
2 p.m. outside the Lake House (Shine only)
During this kid-friendly program, our naturalist will demonstrate how animals can be threatened when crowded by humans, and what we can do to keep both people and wildlife safe.

 

Sept. 22:

Fall Trail Run
5 p.m. at the Lake House (Shine only)
Join park staff in partnership with Healthy Parks, Healthy People for a refreshing trail run. Beginner runners are encouraged to attend. Please wear running shoes or sneakers.

Sunset Paddle
7 p.m. at the Lake House (Shine only)
Join our ranger on this peaceful, evening paddle and discover some of the many species that call New Germany Lake their home. The cost is $10 per boat. Meet at the Lake House.

Sept. 23:

Wilderness Wayfinding 
3 p.m. at the Lake House (Shine only)
During this interactive program, you will learn how to navigate the old-fashioned way - without GPS. After some basic instructions, you will have a chance to test your skills and search for a prize. Compasses are limited.

Stargazing 
7 p.m. outside the Lake House (Shine only)
The Cumberland Astronomy Club will be hosting this public stargazing event. Seasoned astronomers will be sharing telescopes and teaching about the night sky. 

Sept. 24:

Sunday Stroll 
2 p.m. at the Lake House (Shine only)
Join a park ranger on this 2-mile hike and learn about some plants and animals along the way. Please wear hiking shoes or boots and bring drinking water.

Sept. 28:

Soccer
5 p.m. at the Lake House (Shine only)
Join park staff in partnership with Healthy Parks, Healthy People for a pickup game. Please wear sneakers.

Sept. 30:

Lend a Hand for Public Lands
10 a.m. at the Ranger Station (Shine Only)
Join staff for a volunteer work day in celebration of National Public Lands Day. We will construct and install lantern posts for campsites. This activity is best suited for ages 12 and up. Please bring work gloves.

Leave No Trace Hike
1 p.m. at the Nature Center (Shine Only)
Celebrate National Public Lands Day and learn all about Leave No Trace outdoor ethics on a short hike with a park ranger. 

 


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