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 Deep Creek Lake State Park

Snowmobiles & ATVs

Trails are open to visitors for snowmobiling unless otherwise posted. Other off-road vehicles, including motorcycles are not permitted on trails in the park.

Off-Road Vehicle Permit:

Off-road vehicles must be registered annually with Maryland DNR and display a registration sticker. Registration stickers are available from any DNR regional service center, and stickers and trail maps are available at the five state forests where ORV use is permitted, including Deep Creek Lake State Park.

It is recommended that you call the State Forest and Park Office you will be visiting before using the trails to be advised of current trail closures or hazards.

Permit Fee:

$15 / year

ORV Regulations:
To make the use of the trails safe and enjoyable for yourself and others, please obey the following rules and regulations:

  • Operators of off-road vehicles must abide by State Forest and Park Service rules and regulations.
  • ORV's must meet Department standards and inspection requirements.
  • ORV's used in Maryland must be registered with the Department of Natural Resources State Forest and Park Service.
  • The designated ORV trails will be open as listed below. Some trails are open to snowmobiles, primarily from December 15 through March 15, except during deer firearms season. The operation of a vehicle in a reckless or negligent manner is not permitted.
  • Do not disturb, drive, or pursue wildlife with your vehicle.
  • Do not carry loaded firearms on your ORV.
  • ORV's are not permitted on State Forest roads open to licensed motor vehicles.
  • Youth 12 years old and older must be accompanied by an adult with a valid driver's license.
  • Wear a helmet and eye protection at all times and other protective clothing suitable to the environment when you ride.
  • Report accidents to the Maryland Department of Natural Resources at 1-800-825-7275.

Please Play Safe!
The Deep Creek Lake State Park trail system varies in terrain and, in some places, may be very rugged. Remember, you are responsible for having the necessary skills, knowledge and equipment for a safe and environmentally friendly visit.

Dashed RED Trail indicates snowmobiling. Solid RED indicates multi-use.

Discovery Trail 0.2 mile - easy
Snakeroot Nature Trail 0.25 mile - easy
Fire Tower Trail 0.5 mile - difficult
Meadow Mountain Trail 5.5 miles - moderate
Brant Mine Trail 0.5 mile circuit - moderate
Indian Turnip Trail 2.5 miles - moderate

Leave No Trace

Leave No Trace, Inc. is a national non-profit organization dedicated to promoting and inspiring outdoor recreation through education, research and partnerships. Leave No Trace builds awareness, appreciation and respect for our wildlands. For more information visit

While you are enjoying the park, please help us protect its natural and historic resource by following Leave No Trace Outdoor Ethics.

  • Keep wildlife wild by not feeding them and keeping your distance. Leave what you find. Allow others to discover the park's unique resources by leaving rocks, plants, cultural artifacts and other natural objects of interest as you find them.
  • Choose the right path by walking in single file on the designated trails. Trails are extremely vulnerable to damage during and following rain events. Please allow at least 24-48 hours for trails to dry after significant rain or call the park office for updated trail conditions
  • Plan ahead and prepare for extreme weather, hazards and emergencies. Know the regulations and special concerns for the area you will visit.

Deep Creek Lake State Park
898 State Park Road
Swanton, Maryland 21561
Phone: (301) 387-4111
Fax: (301) 387-4462

We are open sunrise to sunset daily.

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