Deep Creek Dog Friendly Activities

Deep Creek Lake State Parks

Deep Creek Lake State Park

Deep Creek Lake State Park
898 State Park Road
Swanton, MD 21561

Phone #: 301-387-5563
Hours of Operation: 8am – Sunset

The Deep Creek State Park welcomes pets during special times and locations throughout the park. This is the perfect spot to take your dog hiking and swimming. Please keep in mind that the Garrett County Leash Law applies here.

  • Pets are allowed in Browning, Bechman and Garrett Camp Loops
  • Pets are allowed on trails
  • Pets are allowed in boat ramp area to board vessels
  • Pets are allowed in Discovery Center parking area to access trails
  • Pets are allowed to swim from shoreline in all areas except swimming beach, docks or fishing piers
  • Pets are allowed in day-use areas and lake (except for sandy portion of swimming beach area) after Labor Day to Memorial Day weekend
  • Pets are permitted to swim from the shoreline everywhere except the main picnic area and the sandy beaches.

Swallow Falls State Park

Swallow Falls State Park

Directions: Follow Rt. 219 to Mayhew Inn Road (2 miles South of Deep Creek). Turn right on Mayhew Inn Road (next to JG’s Pub), travel 4.5 miles to end of road. At the stop sign turn left onto Oakland Sang Run Road, travel 0.3 miles to first road on the right which will be Swallow Falls Road. Turn right onto Swallow Falls Road and travel 1.3 miles to Swallow Falls State Park.

Phone #: 301-387-6938
Hours of Operation: March-October 8am – Sunset; November-February 10am – Sunset 

Swallow Falls State Park features a pet friendly 5 1/2 mile hiking trail outside the day-use area in the in season and throughout the park in the off season. Featuring the state’s highest waterfall, Muddy Creek Falls – this park’s breathtaking beauty can be enjoyed year round.

  • Pets are allowed on the 5 1/2 Mile Trail outside the day-use area. All other trails are restricted.
  • Pets are allowed in the campground
  • Pets allowed in all day-use areas after Labor Day to Memorial Day weekend

New Germany State Park

New Germany State Park
349 Headquarters Lane
Grantsville, MD 21536

Phone #: 301-895-5453
Hours of Operation: 8am – Sunset

Looking for a quiet state park to take your dog? Try New Germany State Park. With serene trails and lake area perfect for your furry friend to cool of on warm summer days, this park is ideal for dog lovers and families alike.

  • Pets are allowed in Hemlock camp loop
  • Pets are prohibited in cabins
  • Pets are allowed on trails (except ski season)
  • Pets are allowed in day-use area and lake (except for sandy portion of swimming beach area)
  • Pets must be leashed and attended at all times
  • Pet owners must clean up after their pet
  • Pets, with the exception of service animals, are not allowed in park buildings or on playgrounds
  • Excessive barking is not permitted in any park area, especially during campground “Quiet Hours” ( 11 p.m. to 7 a.m.)

Herrington Manor State Park

Herrington Manor State Park
222 Herrington Lane
Oakland, MD 21550 

Phone #: 301-334-9180
Hours of Operation: March-October 8am – Sunset; November-February 10am – Sunset

Located just down the way from Swallow Falls State Park, Herrington Manor also welcomes your dog around their expansive lake and on their trail system featuring beginner and intermediate level hiking trails.

  • Pets are allowed on trails outside day-use area
  • Pets are prohibited in cabins
  • Pets are allowed in day-use area and lake (except for sandy portion of swimming beach area) after Labor Day to Memorial Day weekend

Casselman River Bridge State Park

Casselman River Bridge State Park
10240 National Pike
Grantsville MD 21536

Phone #: 301-895-5453
Hours of Operation: 8am to Sunset

Casselman River Bridge State Park is a 4-acre parcel located east of Grantsville in Garrett County on U.S. Route 40. It is a popular area for fly fishermen, photographers, and history enthusiasts. When the 80-foot span was erected in 1813, it was the longest single span stone arch bridge in the United States. Skeptics predicted that the bridge would collapse once the supporting timbers were removed – yet the bridge stood, serving as an important link on the National Road from 1813 to 1933. Although the bridge no longer carries vehicular traffic, it is open to pedestrians.

  •  Pets are allowed in Casselman River Bridge State Park as long as they are on a leash under control of the owner.

Big Run State Park

Big Run State Park
10368 Savage River Road
Swanton MD 21561

Phone#: 301-895-5453
Hours of Operation: 8am – Sunset

Situated at the mouth of the Savage River Reservoir, Big Run State Park is the perfect spot to enjoy the surrounding Savage River State Forest. There is easy access to fishing, boating, and hiking opportunities. Autumn visitors have a spectacular view of the changing colors on the surrounding mountain ridges.

  • Pets are allowed in the Big Run State Park campground and day-use areas in the park as long as they are on a leash under control of the owner and not disturbing other park visitors.

Fork Run Recreational Area

Fork Run Recreational Area
Shingle Camp Rd
Mchenry, MD 21541 

Phone #: 301-387-3250
Hours of Operation:
Open Daily  

The Fork Run Recreation Area features approximately 3.5 miles of trails, including a 1 mile single track loop and almost 2.5 miles of old gravel road that will someday connect another 5-6 miles of trails throughout the park.

Dogs are allowed in the recreational area but must follow the state park leash laws:

  • All pets must be licensed and have all required vaccinations, including a rabies vaccination.
  • Pets must be leashed. Pets may be off-leash and under voice control while swimming in designated areas or hunting (with the appropriate permit).
  • Pet owners must clean up after their pet. Waste disposal containers are available in most areass
  • Service animals are permitted in all pedestrian areas.
  • Pets, with the exception of service animals, are not allowed in park buildings.
  • Pets, with the exception of service animals, are not allowed in playgrounds.
  • Pet owners must obey all park signs that prohibit the entry of pets into specific areas.
  • Excessive barking is not permitted in any park area, especially during campground “quiet hours” (10:00 p.m.- 7:00 a.m.)

Kendall Trail

Kendall Trail
Oak Street
Friendsville, MD 21531

More info: garretttrails.org
Located in Friendsville, MD – 10 minutes North of Deep Creek Lake

Take your dog along this easy trail that runs along the Youghiogheny River upstream from Friendsville, MD. Perfect for hiking and leashed pets. The river (when not too high) is perfect for your dog to cool off on hot afternoons.

Silver Tree Marine

Silver Tree Marine
567 Glendale Rd
Oakland, MD 21550

Phone #: 877-346-9765
Hours of Operation:
Open 8:00 am to 7:00pm daily Memorial Day through Labor Day

All boat rentals are pet friendly! visit www.deepcreek.com for boat rental information and online booking.