Deep Creek Lake State Park

Trails and Trail Maps

Deep Creek Lake State Park Trail Map

Photo of trail in Deep Creek Lake State ParkDeep Creek Lake State Park offers trails for everyone with varying lengths and difficulties. All trails are great for hiking, mountain biking and snowshoeing.

Additionally, Meadow Mountain Trail allows snowmobiling and cross country skiing in winter. Snowmobile season starts December 15th and ends March 15th annually. Four inches of snow cover is required.

Pick up a trail map in Headquarters  or the Discovery Center.

Deep Creek Lake State Park is one of Maryland’s many state parks that allow public hunting. Hiking and mountain biking trails traverse parts of the designated hunting area. Please be familiar with hunting seasons and remember to wear bright colors and be alert to all visitors recreating in this area.

Discovery Trail (1/5 mile) – Easy – Yellow Rope – Starting by the Discovery Center, explore nature via smell, sound and touch. Rather than blazes, close your eyes and follow the route using only the guided rope.

Snakeroot Trail (1/4 mile) – Easy – Green Diamond blaze – Use the Meadow Mountain Trail to access this easy, short loop. Pick up a self-guided brochure at Headquarters before embarking on this interpretive nature trail. Use the panels to learn about the flora and fauna of Western Maryland.

Photo of trail in Deep Creek Lake State Park<Crosscut Trail (1 mile) - Moderate - Green Rectangular blaze - Many Garrett County roads feature “crosscuts”, why not the trail system! This crosscut hews to the rockiest contours of the mountain. Combine with the upper/eastern leg of the Cherry Creek Loop (Yellow Blazes) for a short hike highlighting some of the park’s best rock outcrops. Can you find the fossil?

Lookout Trail (1 ½ - 1 ¾ miles) – Moderate – Blue Rectangular blaze – Built to challenge even the most skilled mountain bikers, the Lookout Trail also makes for a great moderate hike. This rugged, yet short, route includes rocky and steep terrain. Visitors must use the Beckman and/or Indian Turnip Trail to access this connecting trail for a 4 mile loop.

Beckman’s Trail (2 miles) – Easy – Red Diamond blaze – The park’s most popular trail ventures along the ridgeline with only a slight elevation gain. Beckman’s Trail is great for stretching your legs and learning some local history through the Brant Coal Mine, which visitors can find by following the posted signs. Trail users are recommended to begin at the day-use overflow parking lot and to follow the Meadow Mountain trail back to the point of origin once the Beckman Trail ends.

Cherry Creek Loop (3 miles) - Moderate - Yellow Rectangular blaze - The Cherry Creek Loop passes through multiple ecosystems from lake-level to near the top of Meadow Mountain. Duck under rhododendron tunnels, dodge mountain laurel thickets, and hope rock to rock.

Indian Turnip Trail (4.5 miles) - Moderate - Orange Diamond blaze - This rocky trail has an elevation gain of nearly 600 feet before leveling out at the top of the ridge and descending again. In the spring, Jack-in-the-pulpit, also known as Indian Turnip, flowers along the route. Visitors must combine with sections of Meadow Mountain or Beckman’s Trail to return to the starting point. Convenient parking for the trail is located at Headquarters.

Meadow Mountain Trail (5.5 miles) – Moderate – White Rectangular blaze - Aligned along a former roadbed, summer users experience wildflowers and songs of birds while winter brings opportunities for snowshoeing, cross-country skiing and snowmobiling. Visitors must follow Indian Turnip trail to return to starting point.