Deep Creek Vista, Deep Creek Lake State Park

Swanton, Maryland

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The trail climbs to the flattop ridge of Meadow Mountain for a stunning view of Deep Creek Lake. On the way down, stop at an abandoned mine site for an insight into mountain cultural history. Most of the people who hike in the park never get a good view of Deep Creek Lake; they content themselves with a terribly obstructed peep from the fire tower. Too bad. The view from the wooden platform specially constructed for the purpose is the main objective of this hike. Special considerations: For those seeking quiet enjoyment of the natural setting, this hike should be avoided Memorial Day to Labor Day. The continuous sounds of outboard motors on the lake may be a distraction.
Hiking Maryland & Delaware

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Hiking Maryland & Delaware

by David Edwin Lillard (Falcon Guides)

The trail climbs to the flattop ridge of Meadow Mountain for a stunning view of Deep Creek Lake. On the way down, stop at an abandoned mine site for an insight into mountain cultural history. Most of the people who hike in the park never get a good view of Deep Creek Lake; they content themselves with a terribly obstructed peep from the fire tower. Too bad. The view from the wooden platform specially constructed for the purpose is the main objective of this hike.

Special considerations: For those seeking quiet enjoyment of the natural setting, this hike should be avoided Memorial Day to Labor Day. The continuous sounds of outboard motors on the lake may be a distraction.

©  David Edwin Lillard/Falcon Guides. All Rights Reserved.

Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Swanton
Distance: 2.9
Elevation Gain: 400 feet
Trail Type: Out-and-back
Skill Level: Moderate
Season: April - May, October - November
Local Contacts: Deep Creek Lake Recreation Area
Local Maps: USGS McHenry, Maryland
Driving Directions: Directions to Deep Creek Vista, Deep Creek Lake State Park

Recent Trail Reviews

7/16/2005
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Group hike, late morning, 85 degrees, overcast, hazy, and humid. -This short hike was disappointing to me. The trails around DCL State Park were well-maintained and easy going; not a difficult trail for anyone in some semlance of fitness (the trek up did give troubles to the "hefty" folks in our group.) The abandoned mine had only a small sign summarizing the history of the mine- interesting only in passing. The mine itself is collapsed and cannot be seen into more than 15-20 feet from the entrance, which is fenced off and locked. The "stunning view" is pure bunk- the overlook was overgrown save for a small window onto the lake. Even in winter, the growth would spoil the view. The fire tower is locked off with a chain link fence and barbed wire- bummer. The fire tower trail is very steep- be careful when using it to descend. My recommendation is to bring a kayak and explore the lake instead.



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