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Garrett County, Maryland

Garrett County, Maryland

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About Garrett County, Maryland

Garrett County, MD, offers an idyllic setting for group sporting events, boasting a natural landscape that invites a diverse range of activities. From the challenging trails of Deep Creek Lake State Park perfect for biking and hiking, to the expansive waters ideal for kayaking and paddle boarding competitions; the county caters to both land and water sports enthusiasts. Winter transforms the area into a snowy playground, with Wisp Resort providing the perfect backdrop for skiing, snowboarding, and tubing races. With its versatile terrain and scenic beauty, Garrett County is a hidden gem for sports teams looking for a unique and adventurous competition experience.

Our mountains, rivers & lakes offer an abundance of activities in every vacation season! Boating, skiing, hiking, whitewater rafting, camping, or simply curling up by the fire—our area’s natural beauty is the perfect destination whether you seek days full of activities or just plain relaxing. There’s a Deep Creek Experience awaiting every member of the family in the Deep Creek Lake area and Garrett County, Maryland.

Things to do in Garrett County, Maryland

Garrett County, Maryland, nestled in the heart of the Appalachian Mountains, is a treasure trove of outdoor adventures, scenic beauty, and charming small-town experiences. Here are some must-do activities for anyone visiting the area:

1. Explore Deep Creek Lake
Boating and Fishing: With its clear waters, Deep Creek Lake is ideal for boating, fishing, and water sports.
Hiking: The area around the lake offers numerous hiking trails with breathtaking views.

2. Visit Swallow Falls State Park
This park is home to Maryland's highest free-falling waterfall, the Muddy Creek Falls. It's a perfect spot for hiking, picnicking, and nature photography.

3. Ski or Snowboard at Wisp Resort
In the winter, Wisp Resort becomes a haven for skiing, snowboarding, and snow tubing enthusiasts. The resort also offers a mountain coaster and zip-lining year-round.

4. Enjoy the Great Outdoors
Hiking and Biking: Garrett County is crisscrossed with trails suitable for all levels, including the scenic trails at New Germany State Park and the Fork Run Recreation Area.
Rafting and Kayaking: The Youghiogheny River provides thrilling white-water rafting and kayaking experiences.

5. Participate in a Festival
Garrett County hosts several festivals throughout the year, including the Autumn Glory Festival, which celebrates the area's beautiful fall foliage.

6. Explore the Small Towns
Oakland: The county seat, Oakland, offers a historic downtown area, antique shops, and the Garrett County Historical Museum. Grantsville: Known for the Casselman River Bridge State Park and the Spruce Forest Artisan Village.

7. Golfing
With multiple championship golf courses, including the Lodestone Golf Course and the Fantasy Valley Golf Course, Garrett County is a golfer's paradise.

8. Visit the Discovery Center at Deep Creek Lake State Park
An educational center that provides insight into the local wildlife, ecosystem, and history of the area, making it a great stop for families.

9. Go Horseback Riding
Experience the scenic landscapes of Garrett County on horseback with guided tours available for all skill levels.

10. Attend the Garrett County Agricultural Fair
Enjoy a traditional county fair experience with rides, games, livestock exhibitions, and delicious local food.

Garrett County is a year-round destination with activities to suit every interest, from serene nature walks and historical exploration to adrenaline-pumping adventures and community festivals.

Travel details

Direct highway access makes it an easy drive from anywhere! Garrett County, Maryland’s westernmost county, is less than a three-hour drive from the metropolitan areas of Washington DC and Baltimore, less than two hours from Pittsburgh,PA and Winchester, VA and a 45 minute drive from Morgantown, WV, Cumberland, MD and Uniontown, PA. Columbus, OH is less than a four-hour drive.

- The airport supporting major airlines is Morgantown, WV with car rentals available. The local airport in McHenry has completed an expansion and welcomes private planes.

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