Explore the most popular trails in Deep Creek Lake State Park with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

Deep Creek Lake in Maryland is a four-season resort destination. A multitude of outdoor adventure activities are located within a few miles of the lake itself, and includes miles of hiking trails in State Parks. Most of the parks visitor services are located on State Park Road along the waterfront of Deep Creek Lake. The park includes approximately 1 mile of shoreline on this, Maryland's largest man-made lake. Access is available for fishing, swimming, and boat launching. Several picnic areas offer excellent views of the lake with easy access to the beach and other facilities. For more information check out our park map. Park Headquarters is located at the intersection of Brant and State Park Roads. Information can be obtained here during business hours Monday through Friday. If you need emergency assistance, call the Maryland Park Service communication center at 1-800-825-7275 or dial 911. General park information can be obtained at 301-387-5563. The Discovery Center can be reached at 301-387-7067 during business hours.

Very nice hiking trail. We went on a Sunday afternoon and there was moderate mountain bike traffic, but other than that we enjoyed this beautiful trail. Lots of chipmunks! Many ferns, moss-covered rocks and trees and untouched scenery. Gorgeous shady forest at the top of the loop.

We really enjoyed this hike but I will say that if you have the occasional knee problem it will feel more “moderate” than “easy” on you. Trail has lots of rocks, is quite narrow in certain spots, and the incline can be difficult in some portions if you don’t have the best knees or ankles. That being said, it’s a beautiful trail and certainly not difficult — just need to be aware that those with some joint issues may feel it a little more than others after. Would certainly come here again!

So damn sick it’s not even funny. Mind blown with the speed you can get coming through here.

Cherry Creek Loop- pretty fun downhill with whoops, rock jumps and other creative obstacles to jib off of. Better to ride counter clockwise.

This was a wonderful hike with my dog. The elevation was easy and we were able to complete the entire loop in less than 3 hours. Added the Snakeroot Loop to the route as well. Very clear signs/trail markings and the trail was well maintained. We did early morning (8-10:45) and it was so peaceful. Would even take my 8 year old son on this hike.

very rocky witch makes the uphill very difficult.

2 months ago

Great afternoon yesterday for this hike. Very solitary. Like another reviewer below, I combined it with other state park trails (Beckmann’s) and did a 6 mile loop, counterclockwise. Good to hike in the summer because it’s mostly shady. Very well blazed, with map markers at every closing.

3 months ago

Nice trail. Was looking for a 2 mile walk with dog in the evening and this was perfect - went 1 mile out and then turned around. I like the rocky trail. Lots of ferns, rock formations and spotted some deer.

Keep following the orange trail materials and you’ll find yourself on a relatively isolated, beautiful hike.

on Brant Mine Trail

over grown
3 months ago

The mine was okay. I took the Indian Turnip Trail to the Meadow Mountain Trail to the Scenic Overlook, continued on the Lookout Trail until it met up with Beckman's Trail. From Beckman's Trail I went to the mine, then returned via Meadow Mountain and Indian Turnip Trails. It was approximately 6 miles round trip. Meadow Mountain Trail was overgrown. The scenic overlook didn't offer much of a view because the trees were full. I'm sure there's a better view in the spring or fall.

Great trail for running! The trails are well marked. I am horrible with direction, but didn’t have any problem.

on Indian Turnip Trail

4 months ago

Highly recommend this Beautiful trail it’s a good workout. Lots of wildlife as we spotted a bear. It didn’t bother us and we just kept walking slowly.

4 months ago

Nice hiking yesterday and we saw a Bear.

5 months ago

We connected ITT and Lookout Trail to make a loop, nice well kept trails, love the switchbacks and rocky terrain.

We did a few trails here, lookout trail is a nice area, decent views.

Great trail for running (especially for any new trail runners), well marked, and lots of options to make for longer outings.

The maps posted throughout the trail are extremely helpful considering the amount of intersections. Beautiful views and a good hike to get your heart rate up.

off trail
6 months ago

7 months ago

Follow the white trail markers to the mine. If you follow the path from AllTrails, you end up walking the starting point walking on pavement through the camp grounds.

8 months ago

Short walk but you have to use other trails to get to it. It is a nice walk in the winter because you can see the snow covered deep creek lake through the trees. In the summer the foliage would be way too thick to see the lake.

Followed the new blue-blazed Lookout Trail. Turned out to 4 miles.

Pretty enjoyable hike, rocky and narrow trail terrain. No mentionable views or overlooks.

11 months ago

Here to rate the Beckman Trail which isn't listed. Checked out the Brant Mine too which was about 3/4 along the Beckman Trail. Both were very well marked and a moderate, yet pleasurable hike. The mine was a nice, short detour on Beckman Trail

Nice walk in the woods. Very narrow trails. Makes a nice 6-7 mile loop

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