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

 

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 1.5 to 2 hours.

10:00 – 3:00  Pumpkin Painting or Carving  Visit the pumpkin patch to choose the perfect pumpkin to paint or carve.  You can then take it home with you.  Friend’s Store at Sang Run.  Free, but donations to the volunteer group are accepted.

10:00 – 2:30  Hayrides  Join the naturalist on a short hayride around the farm field.  Rides approximately every hour.  Friend’s Store at Sang Run.  Free.

10:00 – 3:00 Children’s Crafts & Activities – Scarecrow making, tin punching, burlap sack races, corn hole games and more.  Friend’s Store at Sang Run.  Free

10:00 – 3:00  Pottery demonstration and sales, apple cider pressing and tasting, candle dipping, basket weaving demonstration and Dutch oven cooking.

10:00 – 3:00  Snakes Give Me a Freak Out book signing and selling by  author Deborah Wagner-Brenneman or illustrator Elizabeth Friend.

10:00 – 3:00 Live Music, quilt square display, vendors and more.

All Day Scavenger Hunts at the Discovery Center

Sunday, October 5

11:00 a.m.  Pine Cone Bird Making   Join the Naturalist as we watch the bird feeder to spot our flying friends eating a snack!  We will also be making our own bird feeder so you can watch the birds at your home!

 Saturday, October 11

11:00 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. 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, October 12

11:00 a.m.  Fall Creations   Join us to make your very own unique fall craft while learning some cool facts along the way!

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! 

Saturday, October 18

11:00 Trackin’ through the Discovery Center! (Self Guided)  Go on a self-guided hunt around the Discovery Center looking for the tracks of animals that call Garrett County home. Free.

1:00 - 2:30 p.m. Bird Photography at the Aviary  Meet at the Aviary where birds will be perched in a natural setting for photographing. $10.00 per person - to benefit the aviary.  Bystanders welcome.

Sunday, October 19

11:00 a.m.  Fall Creations   Join us to make your very own unique fall craft while learning some cool facts along the way!

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! 

Saturday, October 25

11:00 a.m.  Pine Cone Bird Feeder Making!  Join the Naturalist as we watch the bird feeder to spot our flying friends eating a snack!  We will also be making our own bird feeder so you can watch the birds at your home!

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, October 26

11:00 a.m.  Fall Creations   Join us to make your very own unique fall craft while learning some cool facts along the way!

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! 

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.