Sample State Park Group Tour Itineraries - Southbound
Swallow Falls State Park
Located just minutes from Deep Creek Lake, Swallows Falls State Park boasts incredible natural beauty. From the towering Hemlocks to the rushing waters of Muddy Creek Falls, Swallow Falls State Park beckons to visitors and locals alike. No matter the season, this park will delight those young & young at heart.
Your group will love wandering the trail along the Youghiogheny River (pronounced Yock-ah-gain-ee) stopping at Swallow Falls and if you have time, the hidden gem of Tolliver Falls. Take a rest on some boulders and warm yourself in the sun. Soak in nature while listening to the songs of local birds and the pitter patter of woodland creatures.
After working up an appetite, get the crew together at the covered pavilion for a picnic lunch or catered event.
Herrington Manor State Park
Just a bit further from Swallow Falls State Park is Herrington Manor State Park. Whether you group is looking for an afternoon of sunbathing on the sandy beach, splashing in the cool waters of the lake or taking a kayak out, they'll find fun here at Herrington Manor.
If you are visiting in the winter season, make sure to try cross country skiing. Glide along 10 miles of trails around the park featuring varying difficulties for every level of skier. Don't have your own gear? Never fear - the concession building at the park offers gear available for rent. Snowshoes and sleds are also available.
Sample State Park Group Tour Itineraries - Mid-County
Deep Creek Lake State Park
Convincing the school board will be easy to bring your student group to Deep Creek Lake. This state park offers both fun and learning!
Check out all these park features:
Sandy beach with roped swim area
Picnic and Pavilion areas
Tons of Hiking Trails for all levels
Hands-on learning with interactive displays
Scheduled educational programs with staff naturalists
Sample State Park Group Tour Itineraries - Northbound
Big Run State Park
Traveling outside of the Deep Creek Lake area, there are two state parks along the way to I-68. Your first stop will be Big Run State Park. Just moments from the Savage River Reservoir, where your group can enjoy kayaking and even birdwatch for an American Bald Eagle, Red-Tailed Hawk and much more! Bring a picnic lunch and enjoy it in the pavilion.
There are hiking trails and campsites at the park, so if you'd like to make it a longer stay, think about utilizing Big Run's facilities for your stay.
New Germany State Park
New Germany State Park will be a stop that your group will love. Not only can you fish the still waters, cool off at the beach area, but in the winter, you can enjoy cross country skiing or snowshoeing. Hiking trails will lead the crew through quiet trees while experiencing deer sightings and beautiful flora and fauna.
New Germany easily hosts bus groups with their shelters and recreation hall. On-site cabins and campsites are also available for overnight stays.
Casselman River Bridge State Park
Take a step back in time and see how folks traveled west through Garrett County. The Casselman River Bridge is on the National Register of Historic Places and was built between 1813 and 1817. Though the bridge is having some restoration work being completed, you can still have a great view of the bridge. Help us celebrate the 200th birthday this fall with event surrounding this landmark.
Your group will love dining at Penn Alps Restaurant, located just steps from the bridge. After a bite, wander over to the Spruce Forest Artisan Village where you just might catch an artist at work carving a bird out of wood or creating pottery. If time permits, take a stroll behind the restaurant to Stanton Mill, one of the first grist mills in Garrett County.