Fall Activities In Deep Creek Lake

What To Do During Fall In Deep Creek Lake

Fall Activities In Deep Creek Lake

Imagine a backdrop of luminous colors and a spectacular sparkling lake and you get an idea of why visitors flock to Deep Creek Lake to take in the sheer beauty of the fall foliage. While you’re visiting, make plans to attend one of our festivals.  The Deep Creek Lake Art & Wine Festival features wine tasting, great music, and numerous local artisans. Another must-do is The Autumn Glory Festival, a celebration of fall foliage that includes parades, craft shows, antique car shows, and much more.

Perhaps you just need a weekend to relax and unwind? Spend the morning kayaking at the Savage River Reservoir, book a massage in the afternoon, and dine out in the evening in one of our many area restaurants. Head to Wisp Resort and take a scenic chairlift ride to see amazing views of the lake and mountains. You’ll FALL in love with autumn in Garrett County.

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Garrett County is known for its breathtaking scenery and what better way to take it all in than by walking/hiking throughout our many state parks. Explore the waterfalls of Swallow Falls, Enjoy the scenic overlook of Deep Creek Lake State Park, and take in the beautiful surroundings, wildlife, and unique features of 6 other area state parks.

Swallow Falls State Park

Ask any local what the "must-see” spot in all of Garrett County is and they will all tell you the same thing, that Swallow Falls is it. The Youghiogheny River rushes through the park’s borders, flowing through the rocky gorges, and creating an exquisite site for all to see. It's home to Maryland’s highest standing waterfall, Muddy Creek Falls, which crashes down a whopping 53 ft.    

Wisp Resort Attractions & Events

Enjoy aerial and mountain adventures during the fall season including zip lines, canopy tours, scenic chairlift rides, archery, disc golf and the ever popular mountain roller coaster! Wisp Resort also hosts many live events throughout the year. Hosted annually in fall, Oktoberfest is a popular choice to enjoy craft beer tastings, delicious food, live music, contests and shop the artisan market. Tickets can be purchased on the Wisp Resort website.

The Whitewater Course at Wisp

The Whitewater Course at Wisp provides Garrett County with an adventurous guided experience on the only mountaintop recirculating whitewater course in the world! A unique attraction for beginners, families and veteran rafters, the course provides guided rafting, high adventure guided rafting, private guides, day, and season passes. Bring your bathing suit and prepare to get wet!

Festivals & Fall Activities 

Everyone loves to celebrate the fall foliage with a big festival and Garrett Countians are no different.  The Autumn Glory Festival is a favorite among the locals and once ranked The #1 Fall Festival in the USA by msn.com This 5-day gala consists of 2 large parades, antique shows, musical entertainment, storytelling, craft shows, art vendors, quilt shows, and buggy rides. Experience the intimate small town atmosphere with a long list of fun activities for all ages.

Deep Creek Lake Art, Wine & Beer Festival

Located at the Garrett County fairgrounds, this annual festival consists of wine and craft beer tasting, musical entertainment, art vendors, children’s section, silent auction, and regional artists. There is even a college football lounge and cigar bar so you'll never miss a game! Proceeds benefit local non-profits including HART for Animals and GLAF. Details can be found on the festival's website here

Cove Run Farms Corn Maze 

This 10-acre corn maze is one of the largest in the state of Maryland and the only one in Garrett County. This maze is an educational experience for all ages. Farm animals, picnic area, children’s area, and more are available for your use.