The Best Things to do at Garrett State Forest

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

Garrett State Forest

The Garrett State Forest is known as the birthplace of conservation in Maryland, spurred by a generous donation of nearly 2,000 acres by the Garrett Brothers in 1906. This gift not only served as the foundation of the Garrett State Forest but was the beginning of both Maryland’s present Public Lands system and the Forest Service. This pristine land of mountain forests, streams, and valleys makes up the nearly 19,000 acres of this protected state forest—an outdoor lover’s paradise for hiking, biking, photography, and wildlife viewing.

One of the best places to stay to enjoy the natural beauty of this area is our Deep Creek Lake Bed and Breakfast. Located on a quiet corner of Deep Creek Lake, our Inn offers ten luxury guest rooms and suites, artfully appointed shared spaces, and great outdoor areas for fresh air and lovely views. Join us in Maryland and experience the beauty of the Garrett State Forest during your stay; get your lodging on the books today!

Garrett State Forest

Explore the Landscape of the Garrett State Forest

It goes without saying that the nearly 20,000 acres of the Garrett State Forest offer plentiful opportunities for outdoor adventure, recreation, and excursions. It’s also home to one of the most famous waterfalls at Swallow Falls State Park and the location where conservation began all those years ago with a group of famous travelers.

Here are the things not to miss in the Garrett State Forest:

  • Swallow Falls State Park: As the most well-known park in the Garrett State Forest, Swallow Falls State Park is a prime example of this stunning landscape. On your hikes, you’ll come across cascading waterfalls, rushing rivers, lush woodlands, and towering forests. You’re also likely to see other visitors biking, picnicking, and fishing on the Youghiogheny River. The forest is full of tall hemlocks, and don’t miss the park’s crowning jewel: Muddy Creek Falls, a 53-foot waterfall worth a photoshoot all on its own.
  • Herrington Manor State Park: This picturesque natural area in Garret County, Maryland, spans 365 acres of the Garret State Forest. The 53-acre Herrington Lake is the biggest draw for swimming and picnics in warmer months. But you’ll find activities in all the seasons, including snowshoeing and cross-country skiing in the colder months, while summer and early fall are all about kayaking, fat tire biking, and fishing.
  • Potomac-Garrett State Forest Archery Range: Head to this 3D archery range in the woods for a one-of-a-kind opportunity. The range offers fun and challenging shots at 30 life-size 3-dimensional targets to practice your aim.
  • The Rock Maze: This incredible trail is often overlooked and is one of Deep Creek Lake’s best-kept secrets. The out-and-back path is just under a mile, easy to navigate, and heads through old growth in the Garrett State Forest. You’ll come up upon a grouping of large boulders, creating a maze with nooks and crannies to explore.

Garrett State Forest

A Comfortable Retreat on the Shores of Deep Creek Lake

The Vagabonds Room (pictured above) is our Deep Creek Lake Bed and Breakfast‘s first-floor gem. The space was named after the infamous 1920s camping trips by Henry Ford and Thomas Edison to Deep Creek—which eventually led to the beginning of forest conservation. This spacious room features two queen-sized beds dressed in our luxurious Comphy bedding. The large ensuite bath includes a standard tub/shower combo. This room is ideal for friends traveling together for a girls’ or guys’ getaway.

A cozy gas fireplace and generous hardwood built-ins, complete with a library ladder, make this room truly unique. Whether enjoying breakfast in the room, reading a book by the fireplace, or wandering out to the patio to take in the fall colors—guests find the Vagabonds Room the warmest and most inviting accommodation. Book your next stay at our Deep Creek Lake Bed and Breakfast today! 

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