HART for Animals

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dog friendly deep creek lake

Love animals? We do as well and THIS THURSDAY EVENING, your friends at Railey Mountain Lake Vacations will be guest bartending at the Harbor Bar at Dutch’s to raise money for HART for Animals, our local Garret County animal rescue organization.

Join us lakeside from 6:00 to 9:00pm as our fun-loving owner Nancy Railey and the ever-popular Jeremy Bittner, manager of Wisp O’ The Willow and Suites at Silver Tree serve up your favorite concoction, all to benefit HART for Animals.

Dog Friendly Fall and Winter at Deep Creek

Dog Friendly Fall and Winter at Deep Creek

Fall and winter are a great time to visit Deep Creek with your furry friend! After Labor Day, most of the surrounding state parks relax their dog policies a bit so that it’s easier to hike and enjoy the beautiful surroundings with your pup.

At Deep Creek Lake State Park, dogs are allowed in the day use areas and in the lake after Labor Day through Memorial Day. The only part of the lake where dogs are not allowed is the sandy swimming beach area. All year long, pets are allowed on the trails, the Browning, Beckman, and Garrett Camp loops, and in the Discovery Center parking lot for access to the hiking trails. Your dog will a enjoy fun workout on the variety of hiking trails that run through Deep Creek Lake State Park, and they can cool their paws off in the lake afterwards. A dog’s dream!

The incredibly scenic Swallow Falls State Park opens up all of its day use areas to dogs after Labor Day through Memorial Day weekend.  The park contains Maryland’s tallest free falling waterfall, Muddy Creek Falls, as well as unique rock formations along the Youghiogheny River. A must see! Dogs are also allowed on the scenic 5 ½ mile trail from Swallow Falls to Herrington Manor. This beautiful trail runs on an old logging road and follows a stream most of the way. You’ll find Hemlock and Rhododendrons and a variety of wildlife. Dogs love the soft pine and dirt trail and the swimming holes, perfect for a doggie drink and cool down.

If you’re missing the warm days of summer and your dog is starting to whine from lack of daily exercise, Deep Creek Lake is the perfect fall or winter escape for you and your pup. Head out to the state parks, breathe in the fresh air, and hit the trails.

Dog Friendly Summer Events at Deep Creek Lake!

Dog Friendly Summer Events at Deep Creek Lake!

Date: May 11, 2013
Location: Wisp Resort

Event : Paddling For Paws Paddleboard Race
Time: 9am
Location: Deep Creek Lake State Park

Classes & Fee
Childrens Race – Free Admission
5K or 10K – $45 event fee (pre-registration)
– Onsite day of event- $55 event fee –

5 K race – under 12.6
5 K race – 12.6
5 K race 14
10K race under 12.6
10K race 12.6
10K race 14
10K race legends(50+) open


Eastern Regional Championships
McHenry MD 2013 

06/27/2013 – 06/30/2013
Hosted by: DockDogs Worldwide  |  National Sportsmen’s Series

DockDogs is a fun, performance sport for dogs.  DockDogs Events are held Regionally, Nationally and Internationally.  Most DockDogs Competitions are comprised of four contests;  ‘BIG AIR’, ‘EXTREME VERTICAL’ (EV), ‘SPEED RETRIEVE’ and ‘IRON DOG’.  Anyone can come out, register his or her dog and have a good time.  We will track every official jump of all competitors in all our events.  Handlers must be 7 years of age or older and able to control their pet safely.  DockDogs events are not limited to certain breeds. Any breed, from the smallest Chihuahua to the largest Great Dane is welcome.
Any breed…any size…6-months or older.

Event DetailsEvent Format
Outdoor Big Air®, Extreme Vertical™ & Speed Retrieve™, Iron Dog