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When planning a trip to the Mid-Atlantic, be sure to stop in Western Maryland’s Deep Creek Lake State Park. The park is roughly two hours southeast of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, in Garrett County. The lakeside community of McHenry is located on Deep Creek Lake’s northern shore around 15 minutes from the state park RV campgrounds.
West of the Allegheny Front and Eastern Continental Divide is the Tablelands plateau that serves as Deep Creek’s home. Deep Creek Lake is one of Maryland’s largest man-made lakes. It was created by The Youghiogheny Hydroelectric Company in 1925 as part of a hydroelectric project. The area’s rocky terrain presents a fun challenge for Deep Creek Lake State Park campers. You might even spot a black bear while out for a hike on one of the park’s many trails! Make sure to book an RV in Garrett County so you don’t miss out on all the area has to offer.
Regardless of your skill level, you’ll be able to find a trail that you’ll enjoy. Deep Creek has both easy and moderate trails for hiking or mountain biking. If you’re feeling adventurous, you can try the Discovery Trail. Starting at the Discovery Center, this trail allows campers to try using only a rope to guide themselves to the end. It’s so easy, you can literally do it with your eyes closed. If you’re interested in making the trek up the scenic Indian Turnip Trail during the spring, you're likely to see an abundance of Indian Turnip flowers. The Meadow Mountain Trail, which shares its name with the state park RV campground, is great for snowshoeing, snowmobiling, and cross-country skiing during the winter when there's at least four inches of snow on the ground. Be cautious when using the trails, as they intersect with designated hunting areas.
One of the highlights of Deep Creek Lake is a boat launch area that is open 24 hours a day depending on the weather. Perks that campers can enjoy include docking their boats overnight and complimentary overnight slip use. There are two fishing piers with nearby restrooms. Both the piers and restrooms are ADA-accessible. If visitors prefer to cast their lines from the shore, they also have the option of shore fishing. Bass, northern pike, trout, walleye, and yellow perch are some of the species of fish commonly caught by Deep Creek Lake State Park campers.
Deep Creek Lake State Park also features a ballfield as part of the Healthy Parks, Healthy People movement. The program encourages those who visit the park to get active. Whether you're interested in reimagining classic sports, such as football and soccer, or simply practicing yoga or meditation, all campers are welcome to enjoy this natural field.
Campers can park their RV rentals at Deep Creek Lake State Park’s Meadow Mountain campground from mid-April to mid-December. The campground features 26 electric campsites and 86 basic campsites. Reservations can be made either online or over the phone up to a year in advance. Reservations are required if you’re planning a motorhome camping trip between Memorial Day Weekend and mid-September.
Camping loops include the Delphia Brant, George Beckman, John Garret, Meshach Browning, and Spur Loops. All loops are pet-friendly except for the Delphia Brant and Spur Loops. Amenities available at the Meadow Mountain campground include a dump station, a water fill-up station, and heated bathhouses for your convenience.
Within the park is Deep Creek Lake Discovery Center. The center offers a hands-on learning experience that the whole family will enjoy. Through a variety of exhibits and programs, you'll have the opportunity to learn more about Western Maryland’s natural resources. Wanting to learn more about Garrett County? Head roughly 20 minutes south to Oakland, Maryland, to visit the Garrett County Historical Museum. While in Oakland, don’t forget to check out other museums and local eateries in the town center.
Before you hit the road, fill up at one of the gas stations in McHenry. When you're done exploring the area surrounding Deep Creek Lake State Park, drive your RV rental two hours north to Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. On the way, be sure to stop in Accident, Maryland. If you’re visiting during the summer, check out the Deep Creek Lavender Farm, where you can enjoy a variety of lavender plants and products. You'll also have the chance to see the Drane House, an authentic plantation home built in the 1700s. Regardless of where your journey takes you, you won't want to miss the opportunity to go camping at Deep Creek Lake State Park.