Events
Park Amenities 
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Schedule of Events 
Deep Creek Lake Discovery Center

 

Thursday, May 7th

8:00 a.m.  Birding at Sang Run  Learn how to bird by ear and listen for distinctive songs as we stroll through Friends Delight.  Bring binoculars and meet at the Kayak launch. Experienced and beginner birders are welcomed! 

Friday, May 8th

All Day Scavenger Hunts   Choices available are Trackin’ Through the Discovery Center (all about animal tracks), Life in a Cave (use our black light to see critters you might see in a cave), Beginner Scavenger Hunt and Challenging Scavenger Hunt.

Saturday, May 9th

 All Day  -- Life in a Cave!     It’s time to explore! Use our flashlight and take a self-guided trip to the Discovery Center’s cave to search for cave-dwelling creatures.

2 p.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! Free

Sunday, May 10th

11:00 Mother’s Day nature craft!

2:00 p.m.  Aviary Feeding

Friday, May 15th

All Day Scavenger Hunts   Choices available are Trackin’ Through the Discovery Center (all about animal tracks), Life in a Cave (use our black light to see critters you might see in a cave), Beginner Scavenger Hunt and Challenging Scavenger Hunt.

8:00 a.m.  Birding at Sang Run  Learn how to bird by ear and listen for distinctive songs as we stroll through Friends Delight.  Bring binoculars and meet at the Kayak launch. Experienced and beginner birders are welcomed! 

Saturday, May 16th

10:00 a.m. Spring Hike Take a guided hike with the naturalist to the historic Brant Mine as we look for the first signs of spring! The hike is roughly 1.5 miles and is weather dependent.

 2 p.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! Free

Sunday, May 17th

11:00 a.m. Fun, Inspiring and Messy Spring Craft

2:00 p.m. 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.

Friday, May 22nd

CLOSED for statewide Service Reduction

Saturday, May 23rd

11:00 a.m. Fun, Inspiring and Messy Spring Craft

8:00 p.m.  Campfire Program  “Scales and Tales”  Meet us at the amphitheater to meet some of our resident critters both scaly and feathered. Marshmallows will be provided.

Sunday, May 24th

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 ˝  hour. Moderate walking, Free

2:00 p.m. 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.

 Monday May 25 - Friday, May 29

All Day Scavenger Hunts   Choices available are Trackin’ Through the Discovery Center (all about animal tracks), Life in a Cave (use our black light to see critters you might see in a cave), Beginner Scavenger Hunt and Challenging Scavenger Hunt.

 Saturday, May 30th

11:00 a.m. Fun, Inspiring and Messy Spring Craft

2 p.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! Free

Sunday, May 31st

11 a.m. Bird Feeder Craft

2:00 p.m. 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.

 

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