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Deep Creek Lake-WISP-and Garrett County, MD: almost heaven

gaithersburg MD
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Deep Creek Lake-WISP-and Garrett County, MD: almost heaven

Garrett County is incredibly beautiful. I have a travel trailer, live in suburban D.C, and thought I would try camping at Deep Creek. I had a wonderful free booklet from the Maryland Government, Maryland Scenic ByWays. This takes you off the interstates in every county in maryland. What a beautiful state we have, and Garrett County is a crown Jewel..and I love the beach..but this is real mountain country, deciduous trees start to disappear and are replaced by the conifers. Went I.S 70 to IS 68 to Frostburg, MD, then down MD 36 to MD 135...135 is awsome, thru gorges, winding rivers, little towns, a huge paper mill in Luke, MD, to the quaint town of Oakland, MD which is the county seat of Garrett, and about 10 miles north to deep creek lake..lots of bears around but I didn't see any..saw lots of deer near, very near my camper, munching away in the am...

Lots of upscale, and I mean huge vacation homes around deep creek, which lake is enormous..lots of water sports, a movie theater, groceries no problem..everything you need.

Played golf at WISP ..a real treat and a beautiful course...$39 for senior rate.

The discovery center at the campground is very large and a wonderful place to take children [and me]; and there was an arts and crafts fair at the center with outdoor tents and a dixie land band..how great was that??? bought some gifts from local artisans.. no gouging there on crafts or the food.

lots of antiques in Oakland...

went up to the Yougheny river--a high speed rafting experience...oh, but for back surgery 4 years ago...

went to swallow falls state park near deep creek..you go thru this incredible forest with 300 year old ggiant trees canopy..to get there..like Muir Woods in Marin County--so gorgeous as were the falls and the kids swim in the large collection area at the bottom

coming back , MD rt 135 to US 200 to US 50 east..this is such a beautiful drive.thru west va and VA--there is nothing like american 2 lane highways to see Americana. Had the most incredible roast beef sandwich, which was actually brisket, topped with mashed potatoes and gravy at the Mountain Top restaurant in W.VA--$7 with the drink, so delicious and couldn't finish it...went thru Keyser , WVA , which is hiding in in the W VA panhandle but is not such a tiny town..more americana...

what a beautiful country we have!!!!

[ps --i love our eastern shore counties too..MD is a magnifcent state]

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1. Re: Deep Creek Lake-WISP-and Garrett County, MD: almost heaven

couldn't agree more!

we used to camp up there a lot...at swallow falls & later, when we became more experienced campers, at the laurel run area of the potomac state forest. INCREDIBLY beautiful!

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