Spend the Day at Deep Creek Lake State Park

One of our monthly blog posts on what to see, do, or where to eat on Deep Creek Lake and Western Maryland.

photo of a woman hiking at Deep Creek Lake State Park this summer

Located in Garrett County in Western Maryland, Deep Creek Lake State Park covers 1,800 picturesque acres and offers a variety of outdoor activities all year round. Visitors can enjoy swimming and kayaking on the one-mile sandy shoreline during the warmer months. The park also boasts over 20 miles of scenic walking, hiking, and biking trails, with covered picnic areas and a nature center for those interested in learning more about the local flora and fauna. 

Deep Creek Lake State Park is a four-season outdoor recreation area. Summer is all about the lake with paddling, swimming, and sunbathing. Fall brings the fiery hues of Autumn to the beautiful forests where hiking opportunities abound. The beautiful snows in winter cover the trails for snowshoeing and cross-country skiing, and spring is an excellent time for wildlife and wildflowers. 

Before you start planning your activities, you’ll want to secure your lodging, and the Lake Pointe Inn Bed and Breakfast is one of the best Deep Creek Lake Hotels. It’s the ideal location for a getaway from the nearby major metropolitan areas—just a few hours’ drive from Pittsburg, Boston, and DC. A visit to Deep Creek Lake is primarily focused on relaxing and refreshing, and it’s a lovely place to add a bit of romance to your life—our resort caters to adults only. You’ll have twelve charming guest rooms to choose from, a fresh breakfast each morning, and our stunning lakefront property to enjoy. Reserve your room today! 

Birdwatching is a popular pastime at Deep Creek Lake State Park

The Best Things to do at Deep Creek Lake State Park

Deep Creek Lake State Park is one of the hidden gems in Oakland, MD. There are so many ways to enjoy the fresh air, the crisp water, and the beautiful forests. As a guest at our Deep Creek Lake Hotel, you’ll be a quick 15 minutes from all of the great activities of the park.

Here are seven things to do at Deep Creek Lake State Park:

  1. Hiking and Mountain Biking: It’s essential to grab a trail map before hitting the trails at Deep Creek Lake State Park. With nine trails spanning over 20 miles, there are options for all levels of hikers. Beckman’s Trail is a crowd favorite for those seeking a leisurely stroll, spanning two miles along the ridgeline. However, for those seeking a more challenging hike, Thayer Trace offers a difficult route with rocky passages and descent into Meadow Mountain.
  2. Hit the Water: Of course, spending a day on the water can be one of the best ways to explore the lake. Deep Creek Lake State Park has a boat launch open 24 hours, weather permitting. If you want to look into boat rentals, check out the Aquatic Center for pontoon and sport-style boats, They also have stand-up paddle boards or single/double kayaks.
  3. Take a Dip: Deep Creek Lake State Park offers a mile-long lakefront with two sandy beaches to enjoy a refreshing swim and feel the cool, fresh water on your skin. Lifeguards are often present in these areas to ensure your safety. A public beach shower house and changing room are available for your convenience after your swim.
  4. Drop a Line: For those who find fishing a relaxing, almost meditative activity, you’re in luck at Deep Creek Lake State Park. Anglers can fish from the shore and the docks along the park shoreline. Species in Deep Creek Lake include Trout, Bass, Walleye, Yellow Perch, and Northern Pike.
  5. Pack a Picnic: Whether in one of the four covered shelter areas or on your own blanket on the lawns, this park is an excellent place for a picnic. We offer a lovely enhancement to your stay with a wine and cheese package; let us know, and we can pack it to go for you!
  6. Explore the Discovery Center: The 6,000-square-foot center at the heart of Deep Creek Lake State Park is an informative year-round stop. Visitors of all ages can enjoy hands-on exhibits, a look into the area’s history, and see resident birds of prey in the aviary.
  7. Wildlife and Birdwatching: This area is a sanctuary for local wildlife due to the rich, undisturbed forests, streams, waterfalls, and the lake itself. Deep Creek Lake State Park is Black Bear habitat, so keep your eyes peeled and be prepared to handle a possible sighting. This area is also home to around 275 species of birds, so keep your eyes peeled to catch a glimpse of some local flyers.
Deep Creek Lake State Park

One of the Most Romantic Deep Creek Lake Hotels

After your fun-filled day at Deep Creek Lake State Park, you can look forward to returning to one of the most welcoming Deep Creek Lake Hotels. With its Arts and Crafts design, cozy stone fireplaces, and wrap-around deck, your stay at our bed-and-breakfast-style hotel will be truly memorable. We recommend taking at least one day focused on relaxation, all of which can be done on-site in your private guest room, in our indoor and outdoor shared spaces, and out on the lake. 

Our Deep Creek Lake Hotel has plenty of activities to keep you occupied. We prioritize your comfort, starting with a delicious homemade breakfast each morning—with a menu of options, not just a pre-set meal. If you so choose, book a relaxing hot stone massage at our on-site spa. Or spend your time lounging in our hammock or on the dock with a refreshing glass of iced tea and a book. We also offer kayaks and canoes for guests to use on the lake and a fire pit for a cozy evening under the stars. It’s a perfect way to spend your vacation!

In the evenings, your quiet and peaceful guest room will be a haven of relaxation! It’s the best place to unwind after a long day hiking or paddling. Take a soak in the in-room jacuzzi by the fire, open a bottle of wine, and let your vacation begin. We can’t wait to host you at one of the best Deep Creek Lake Hotels; book your room today! 

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