The Best Cross Country Skiing Near Deep Creek Lake

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8 Places for Cross country Skiing and Snowshoeing near our Deep Creek Lake Bed and Breakfast

Downhill skiing, snowboarding, and snowshoeing are all uber-popular activities in the wintertime at Deep Creek Lake. But you also don’t want to miss out on the peaceful cross-country skiing in Maryland! This is one of the best mellow activities to explore the state’s sparkling winter landscapes. It’s a low-impact sport and fun for all experience and skill levels. Thankfully, there are miles of groomed trails for cross-country skiing in many of the Maryland State Parks, nature preserves, and lush forests near us.

One of our favorite places for cross-country skiing in Maryland is the trail that connects Herrington Manor State Park and Swallow Falls State Park. You’ll glide along the 5.5-mile path cutting through the Garrett State Forest. More experienced cross-country skiers can continue their adventure at New Germany State Park in the Savage River State Forest for ten miles of groomed trails. 

Whether you’ve come for these winter sports or just want to enjoy a restful few days in our winter wonderland, make sure our Deep Creek Lake Bed and Breakfast is at the heart of it all. Our luxurious lakefront inn is the perfect retreat after a chilly day on the trails! You’ll love our comfortable accommodations, long list of included amenities, and so much more. Deep Creek Lake is one of the best destinations in the state, and we’re ready to welcome you with the warm hospitality we’re known for. Book your room with us today!

Couple Cross-Country Skiing in Maryland at Deep Creek

Cross-Country Skiing in Maryland at Deep Creek Lake

Cross-country skiing in Maryland has long been a popular winter pastime in Deep Creek Lake. Garrett County and the surrounding areas near Deep Creek Lake offer miles and miles of cross-country skiing trails, many developed in the 1930s. Not a fan of Nordic skiing? Many of these trails are also ideal for snowshoeing as well! And if you’re looking for downhill runs, our Deep Creek Lake Bed and Breakfast is just across the street from Wisp Resort for fantastic skiing and snowboarding. 

Here are our favorite places to spend a day on skis near Deep Creek Lake: 

  1. New Germany State Park is a local gem and a great place to go cross-country skiing or snowshoeing. There are ten miles of trails that are groomed throughout the winter season. Trails here range from flat and perfect for beginnings to winding hills more suitable for experienced skiers. The scenery is some of the most untouched and picturesque here. 
  2. Herrington Manor State Park is another popular place to spend a winter afternoon. They, too, have ten miles of trails suitable for snowshoers and cross-country skiers. Moreover, there is a 5.5-mile trail that connects Herrington Manor State Park to the breathtaking winter wonderland found at Swallow Falls State Park. Rentals are available at Herrington Manor State Park.
  3. Deep Creek Lake State Park has lovely trails for snowshoeing, and the 5.5-mile Meadow Mountain Trail is perfect for cross-country skiing or snowmobiling. This park is just a quick scenic drive from our Deep Creek Lake Bed and Breakfast. 
  4. Wisp Resort has much more than downhill skiing and snowboarding, and in fact, it’s the only four-season ski resort in the entire state of Maryland. They also have a Nordic center for cross-country skiing and snowshoeing, a selection of restaurants, and shopping options. It’s just across the street from our Inn! 
  5. For a unique cross-country skiing experience, head to Backbone Farm. They even offer instructors if this is your first time trying these winter sports.
  6. Blackwater Falls State Park has a legendary 1/4-mile-long sled run and over 10 miles of cross-country skiing and snowshoeing trails to explore. Rentals are available.
  7. Canaan Valley Resort in nearby West Virginia offers 35 kilometers of marked and ungroomed trails for cross-country skiers and snowshoers.
  8. Explore West Virginia’s beautiful Allegheny Mountains, and head to Dolly Sods Wilderness Area for a relaxing and beautiful day of cross-country skiing or snowshoeing on the ungroomed trails here.

If you don’t want to head out on your own and would rather have someone else do all the planning, take a guided snowshoeing trip with All Earth Eco Tours at Swallow Falls State Park. All the tours include hot chocolate and lead you through some of the most beautiful snow-covered forests in the region. 

The best cross-country skiing in Maryland near our Deep Creek Lake Bed and Breakfast

The Best Deep Creek Lake Bed and Breakfast for a Winter Getaway

You’ll be ready to put your feet up and relax at the end of a long and active day in the great outdoors this winter. There’s nothing quite as refreshing as a day skiing or snowshoeing through the beautiful Deep Creek Lake area of Maryland. When you need a place to call home for a few days, turn to our Deep Creek Bed and Breakfast, located on the beautiful shores of the lake.

Inside our Deep Creek Lake Bed and Breakfast, you’ll find our classic Mission-Revival style decor that creates the perfect setting to feel like you’re away from it all. Our 12 lodging options are all luxuriously appointed with big, comfortable beds with fine linens, spacious en suite bathrooms, and all the comfort amenities needed to unwind. If you need anything during your stay, check out our on-site gift shop with treats, wine, and Lake Pointe Inn merchandise to commemorate your trip. 

Begin your perfect day with our delicious, gourmet breakfasts, always homemade with seasonal ingredients and served with piping hot coffee. After your winter adventure, come home to comfortable accommodations that are simply the best. Be sure to include a spa massage during your stay to truly feel pampered. It’s our job to take care of you at our Deep Creek Lake Bed and Breakfast while you let your stress melt away. Book your room in our luxury lodging today!

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