Have you heard? Snow is imminent in the mountains of Maryland. If you want to enjoy mother nature and her luscious blanket of white, experience it in the heart of a forest or in an open meadow. Hit the trails and see winter in real-time, first hand, up-close, and personal around Deep Creek Lake.
Check out these spots specializing in cross-country ski trails and rentals:
Journey to the center of an ancient hemlock forest at the New Germany State Park, located in the Savage River State Forest, just a short drive from Deep Creek Lake, MD. The park has well over 400 acres of forestland and a 13-acre freshwater lake. Encounter 10 miles of multi-use trails in a dense forest setting. During significant snowfalls, trails are groomed and maintained.
Follow the “what seems like an endless country road” into the white abyss, but at the end of the road stands the impressive rustic Savage River Lodge retreat. They specialize in cross-country get-aways for a day or a weekend. Bring your own equipment or rent on site. The resort has a great restaurant, and PSIA certified instructors if cross country ski lessons are on your list.
Join skiers in the beloved Herrington Manor State Park, located in the middle of the Garrett State Forest just north of Oakland, MD. Glide through 10 miles of trails ranging from novice to intermediate levels. Indulge your curiosity and take the 5.5-mile trail that connects with neighboring Swallow Falls State Park. When conditions allow, trails are track-set.
Find rolling terrain and wooded trails at Wisp Outdoor Nordic Center located behind the Wisp Resort in McHenry, Maryland. Trail styles provide varying levels of difficulty from beginners to those seeking a real challenge. Rentals, tours, clinics, and instruction are available on site.
Ready, set, snow! Like any winter activity, check the weather conditions before you head out. Cross country skiing in Maryland can be unpredictable. If you want to rent equipment for a day or weekend, get there early to secure your set. Learn more about winter activities around Deep Creek Lake, Maryland, and get outside this weekend!