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County Information 
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Getting to Know Garrett County
Garrett County is a people-friendly place built on close-knit communities with an outstanding quality of life. Here is some more information that might help you settle into the area and make you feel at home, whether you intend
to relocate here, participate in an event or just visit for a while.
County Seat: Oakland
Government: Three county commissioners
elected to four-year terms
Population: 29,425
Elevation: Average – 2,300 feet above sea level Land Area: 647.10 square miles
Average Temperatures: Summer – 75°F, Winter – 29°F
Yearly Average Snowfall: 107 inches. Keysers Ridge holds the state record for the most snowfall ever recorded in a single winter: 262.5 inches.
Duration of Freeze Period: 130 days
Wi-Fi Availability: The Visitors Center and some area businesses offer free Wi-Fi. See Accommodations on page 52 for details.
Sources: Temperatures and precipitation data are based on the most recent state figures from the Maryland State Archives, http://msa.maryland.gov and www.usclimatedata.com. Population data is taken from U.S. Census Bureau data at www.census. gov/quickfacts/fact/table/garrettcountymaryland/ pst045216.
On the Web
There’s a lot to learn about Garrett County and the Deep Creek Experience online at visitdeepcreek.com. Be sure to start your exploration by taking our new Virtual Reality Tour (see page 12).
Here’s some of what you’ll find on the site:
Lodging – Rental properties, B&Bs, cabins and lodges, campgrounds and hotels listed by category.
Dining – Restaurants, wineries, specialty shops and nightlife listed by type.
Group Tours/Trips – Explore sample itineraries, including history and heritage, behind the scenes and one- and two-day Garrett County experiences, to plan your group’s Deep Creek experience.
Destination Weddings – Get all the details from venues to vendors to plan your dream wedding.
Hot Deals – Specialty discounts from area businesses.
Garrett County & Area Snow & Ski Report – Up-to-date information for area skiing, snowboarding, cross-country skiing, snowshoeing and other winter activities.
TripBuilder – Add daily activities, events and attractions to create the perfect itinerary for your Garrett County stay.
Meetings & Events
Garrett County, with its more than 4,000 rooms for lodging,
is a dynamic destination to
hold a conference, meeting
or event. The area can host everything from an executive retreat to a trade show. For event-planning assistance, contact jen@garrettchamber.com or call 301.387.5238.
Visitor Assistance
Tourism specialists are available at the Visitors Center in McHenry seven days a week from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. (888.387.5237)
Dog Friendly
Many lodgings and almost a third of Garrett County’s rental homes allow dogs.
State parks and forests vary in their rules. The Savage River State Forest and Potomac- Garrett State Forest allow pets in designated areas, including some campgrounds and on hiking trails (with a leash).
Businesses require patrons to adhere to proper dog etiquette at all times. A detailed list of dog- friendly sites is available at the Visitors Center.
Media Resources
The Garrett County Republican, a local, weekly newspaper that lists events.
The Lake-Front Magazine, a monthly guide for information about Deep Creek Lake and Garrett County.
Mountain Discoveries, a free publication printed twice yearly that is focused on the Western Maryland region. The magazine features people, activities, places and articles of interest and is written and produced by people in the area.
Popular radio stations include 104.5 FM (easy listening), 92.3 (country) and 1050 AM (gospel/ oldies).
Emergency Numbers
Fire, Ambulance, Police: 911
Emergency Operations: 1.866.254.6184 or
301.334.7609
Maryland State Police: 301.387.1101
Garrett County Sheriff: 301.334.1911
Maryland Natural Resources Police:
800.628.9944
Garrett Regional Medical Center (Oakland):
301.533.4000
Urgent Care (Grantsville): 301.895.8750
Poison Control Center: 1.800.222.1222
Garrett Medical Group (Urgent Care):
301.387.8718
Transportation
Auto Rental: Contact the Garrett County Chamber of Commerce for information on local auto rentals. 301.387.4386
Air: The local airport in McHenry welcomes private planes. 301.746.8599
From the Oakland area, the Baltimore/ Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport is about 180 miles away, and the
Pittsburgh International Airport is barely more than 100 miles away.
Train: The nearest Amtrak train station is in Cumberland. 800.872.7245
Shuttle/Limousine: Services are available. (visitdeepcreek.
com/list/category/ limousine-services-airport-
transportation-181)
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