If you are flying in, you may want to consider a short 10 minute flight (or 40 min drive) to Nemacolin resort. This is a 5 star luxury resort that offers a variety of services from fine dining, expansive spa services, golf etc. I have included a great article from Pilot Getaways magazine that provides great detail about Nemacolin in the airport page.
The Visitdeepcreek.com website has a comprehensive list of activities available in the Deep Creek area. Below, you will find some highlights.
McHenry Highland Festival - 6/5-6/7
Why fly to Scotland? The traditions of Highland music, games, and dance come alive at the McHenry Highland Festival! Visit the Clan tents and Celtic vendors. Kiss the highland cattle, watch the collies herd sheep, or pat an Irish Wolfhound. Join us for a weekend of Celtic celebrations? for young and old alike ? in the scenic highlands of Western Maryland at Deep Creek Lake. http://www.highlandfest.info/
Deep Creek Lake Fireworks - 7/4
Join the celebration! Fireworks are launched from the top of Bear Claw Tubing Park at Wisp Resort out toward the waters of Deep Creek Lake. Best viewed by boat from McHenry Cove, or from local businesses along Garrett Highway or Deep Creek Drive
Garrett County Fair - 8/09-8/16
Truly an agricultural fair! Nightly musical entertainment, tractor pull, mud bog, demolition derbies, 4-wheel pickup pull. Carnival rides and games, something for everyone. www.garrettcountyfair.org.
Art & Wine Festival - 9/11-9/13
The Deep Creek Lake Art and Wine Festival is a fun-filled day with national, regional and local wines, a variety of art, musical entertainment, kids activities, and food. It is part of a weekend of wine-related activities, designed to raise funds for Red Cross. http://www.deepcreekwinefest.com/
Autumn Glory Festival - 10/7-10/11
Enjoy the spectacular fall foliage in Western Maryland while enjoying hometown events including the Wednesday Night Kick-Off Dinner, Grand Feature Parade, Oktoberfest Celebration,
| If you've ever wondered what it would be like to soar among the trees, then have we got a surprise for you! Introducing the new Flying Squirrel Canopy Tour! This is the first challenge course canopy tour of its kind in the Deep Creek Lake area offering amazing tree-top views, agility challenges and 5 breathtaking zips from 180 feet to over 400 feet! |
Boating - Md's largest freshwater lake with 69 miles of shoreline. Boat rentals are available. You can launch your own boat at the Deep Creek state park for $10.
|Deep Creek lake is 13 miles boasting 69 miles of shoreline for fishing. With an average depth of 25' up to 75 max, there are many species of fish including large and smallmouth bass, sunfish, trout, walleye, yellow perch, northern pike and chain pickerel.|
WISP Ski Resort WISP ski resort is nestled into the scenic western mountains of MD and offers 700 feet of vertical drop. 32 slopes and trails are available over 132 acres of skiable terrain accessed by 2 quad, 5 triple lifts, 3 ski carpets and 4 surface tows. Pro Terrain park, rail park and super pipe are available for snowboarders. Bear claw snow tubing park provides 9 lanes of snow tubing with 2 lifts. Over 90% of the trails are open for night action.
|Cross Country Skiing 2 State parks and a XC-Ski farm provide more than 23 miles of XC skiing trails. With over 90" of average snow fall, these trails provide rustic lodges and groomed/ungroomed trails for the beginner or avid skiier to explore.|
Swimming Deep Creek state park provides nearly a mile of sandy beach access to the lake for swimming activities as well as concession stands, basketball, playgrounds and picnic shelters.
Hiking - Deep Creek Lake boasts over 90,000 acres of public lands with hiking trails that range from easy walks to steep climbs up rugged terrain. Guided hikes are available.
Biking - There are great biking trails that range from mellow dirt roads to challanging single track to downhill biking. Road bikers can find many great rides on the country roads that provide hill climbing to leisurely shaded cruises. Bike rentals are available.
|Adventure Sports Center offers bouldering, top rope and lead climbing on multiple walls and boulders. They also offer instruction as well as family and group outing experiences.|
|Golfing- Deep creek lake offers 2 18 hole golf courses with another under construction as of 2007. Wisp golf course was recently named one of the "100 Must Play Courses of the Mid-Atlantic" by Washington Golf magazine. The Oakland golf club 18 hole course hosts the annual Western MD amateur Championship.|
|Multiple riding stables offer horseback riding on trails 7 days a week. They provide many varieties of horses for novice to experienced riders.|
There are an unbelievable number of great restaurants at Deep creek lake. Here is a list of restaurants. Some of my favorites are Canoe on the Run, Traders coffee house and Perkins for breakfast, Fun Unlimited for their pizza, Pizza dogs and Chicken tenderloins
Lakeside Creamery and Katies soft serve ice cream are a fantastic summertime treat.
Archies Barbeque is a must visit. Get the beef brisquet sandwiche with baked beans, you'll thank me later! Archies is about a mile away, turn right on 219 from the house and a mile on the left just past NAPA auto parts. Here is their website
Tell Anthony, Rick from Cloud 10 referred you!
Fun Unlimited is one of 3 arcades at the lake but by far the biggest and most affordable! There are 97 games all set to free play, play anything you want as long as you want! They have a working vintage museum for adults 16 and up with 30 vintage and social games from the 1950's - 1970's! Touch screens, video poker, shuffleboard, rifle gallery games, shuffle bowlers, pitch & bat pinballs and ball bowlers 16' long! There are 67 more games for all ages on the lower level including 11 pinball machines, 28 racers, shooters, skee ball, flight simulators and so much more. Food is spectacular and the facility is sparkling clean. It is also BYOB! Beer & Wine only, cans & plastic only, no bottles and no liquor. This is a must visit!
Garrett 8 Cinemas offers 8 theatres with the latest releases
There are dozens of great little antique shops in Deep Creek. Englanders in oakland (15 mins) offers some great values.
The WISP mountain coaster is only the 4th of it's kind to built in the US. A unique coaster that allows the user to apply brakes if they feel the speed is too much. It's a great ride for any age.
Here is a video someone took of the WISP mountain coaster.
|Deep Creek Lake offers a couple places to enjoy a drink and listen to music, one of which is Black Bear Tavern which is walking distance from the property. You can see it from the deck in the winter. They have live bands friday and saturday nights. The Honi Honi is the place to be in the afternoons during the summer with their lakeside dock and tropical drinks.|