Page 16 - Garrett County Visitors Guide - 2018
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Outdoor Experiences 
PHOTOS BY TIMOTHY JACOBSEN
WELCOME Great Outdoors! TO THE
GARRETT COUNTY’S SCENIC MOUNTAINS, BYWAYS, LAKES, RIVERS AND TRAILS OFFER UP ADVENTURE YEAR-ROUND. Marvel at the spring blooms as you hike or bike our trails, soak in the summer sun as you swim in or paddle on Deep Creek Lake, take in the fall foliage while you work on your golf game, or hit the slopes in the winter at Maryland’s only ski resort.
A Great Place for a Hike
This beautiful region is crisscrossed by hiking trails, including one blazed centuries ago that leads to sweeping views from St. John’s Rock atop Savage Mountain. A surprisingly easy, scenic hike suitable for families can
be found in Swallow Falls State Park, where an old-growth forest provides shade for a pleasant trek toward Maryland’s tallest free- falling waterfall, the 53-foot Muddy Creek
Falls. During winter, trade your hiking boots for snowshoes or cross-country skis on well- groomed trails at area parks.
Throughout the region, enjoy glimpses of wildlife. If venturing off-trail, however, be wary of black bears. Be sure to carry water and a compass, or join up with a guided hike or scheduled nature walk. Camping, bird watching, hunting, geocaching and rock climbing are other popular activities at many sites, most notably the forested 550-acre Fork Run Recreation Area managed by Adventure Sports Center International. For more information on county trails, contact Garrett Trails at garretttrails.org.
State park information is available on pages 54-55; overnight camping requires a permit.
Winter Fun at Wisp
Wisp Resort (wispresort.com) offers 34 slopes for skiing and boarding. Slopes range from beginner to expert level, with more than 90 percent of the terrain lit for night skiing as well.
If downhill skiing or snowboarding isn’t your speed, try snow tubing (Wisp provides the tube!), ice skating, cross-country skiing or snowshoeing. Make sure to take a ride on the Mountain Coaster, a hybrid alpine slide and roller coaster that whisks you downhill as you take in views of Deep Creek Lake. The Mountain Coaster runs year-round as long as there’s no ice on the track in the winter.
Cruise the Lake
Deep Creek Lake covers 3,900 acres and has 65 miles of shoreline, making this a water paradise perfect for boaters. Take advantage
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