Events
Park Amenities 
Contact Info. & Directions
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Schedule of Events 
Deep Creek Lake Discovery Center & Sang Run

 

 

Wednesday, September 3

8:00 a.m.  Birding at Sang Run  You’ll 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 of medium difficulty and will last approx. 2 hours.

Saturday, September 6

 

11:00 a.m. All Cracked up Have you ever wondered what an un-hatched owl or snake looks like inside of its shell? If you answered yes, this is the program for you!  We will cure that curiosity by viewing a short presentation that will be followed by an egg-cellent eggshell craft! Join us in the Discovery Room to view awesome images of animals hatching from eggs while learning all about them. We will then be making a eggs-e-lent craft!

2:00 p.m.  Tie Dye at the Discovery Center! Meet us at the Discovery Center 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. Approx. 1 hour.

Sunday, September 7

 

11:00 a.m.  Inspiring Recyclable Crafts  Meet in the Discovery Room to participate in a variety of crafts and recycled projects! Great for all ages!

 

2:00  Aviary Encounter  Come to the aviary to get up close and personal with our birds of prey. Learn some interesting facts and watch them eat! Bring a camera because they will be perched for a great photo opportunity!  Free.

 

Wednesday, September 10

 

8:00  Birding at Sang Run  You’ll 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 of medium difficulty and will last approx. 2 hours.

Saturday, September 13

Savageman Triathlon

All Day Scavenger Hunts

Sunday, September 14

Savagman Triathlon

All Day Scavenger Hunts

Tuesday, September 16

10:00  Edible Plant Walk  Join Master Gardener, Jerry Knutson, for a walk through the Discovery Center grounds identifying plants for their edible value.  Meet on the Discovery Center deck.

Saturday, September 20

11:00 a.m.  Indoor Hawk Watching  Join us in the Discovery Room to learn basic identification of hawks in flight.  Migration season is the perfect time to begin or hone your skills in this area.  Learn characteristics of flight, wing beat and shape for identification from a distance.

 

2:00 p.m.  Naturalist in the Discovery Room

 

Sunday, September 21

10:00 a.m.  Fall 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 ˝  hour. Moderate walking.

Science Room open all day

Wednesday, September 24

8:00 a.m.  Birding at Sang Run.  You’ll 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 of medium difficulty and will last approx. 2 hours.

Saturday, September 27

11:00 a.m. Meet the Naturalist at Dan’s Rock for fall hawk watching.

2:00 p.m.  Critter Encounter Meet us inside the Discovery Center as we feed the critters! You will be given a chance to touch a live reptile or amphibian!

Sunday, September 28

11:00 a.m. Fall Leaf Creations  Join us to make your very own fall leaf while learning about what makes each leaf unique.

2:00  Aviary Encounter  Come to the aviary to get up close and personal with our birds of prey. Learn some interesting facts and watch them eat! Bring a camera because they will be perched for a great photo opportunity!  Free.

Saturday, October 4

8:00 a.m.  Birding at Sang Run  You’ll 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 of medium difficulty and will last approx. 2 hours.

10:00 am -3:00 pm   6th Annual Fall Festival at Friends Store! Games, Hay Rides, Candle Dipping, Observation Bee Hives, Pumpkin Carving, Dutch Oven Demonstrations, Scarecrow Making, Quilt Square Display, Vendors, Crafts, Music and more!

 

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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Discovery Center | Deep Creek Lake

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