Deep Creek Lake State Park Maryland

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  1. LGFurr

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    Trying to plan our week long trip for this summer. Has anyone camped at Deep Creek Lake State Park? thinking about that one or Rocky Creek... We like hiking and swimming and sitting by the fire. I prefer more wooded and private. Any suggestions?
     
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    I haven't been there for 5 years or better but you won't get much privacy at Deep Creek. At least from Memorial day to Labor Day. It gets really busy. Its a super nice place....thats why its busy.

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    Any suggestions for other options in the area? Haven't camped in Md or Pa....
     
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    We camp at Laurel Hill State Park in PA, about an hour North of Deep Creek, a lot. An older campground but it does not get really crowded, even in the summer except for Holiday weekends. They are doing an improvement project this year and I do not know what that involves yet, just that they have locked out a group of sites in the pet section that are not reservable for the renovation I assume. They have a lake for swimming, trails, regular sites are wooded, pet section not so much.

    Ohiopyle State Park also is in the area and has a great campground. It can get busy in the summer though because of the white water rafting.

    Do some searching here.
    http://www.dcnr.state.pa.us/stateparks/findapark/where/index.htm
     
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    Thanks Geezer! We've covered VA and some in NC and WV- just thinking of venturing out!
     
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    We've done both Deep Creek Lake and Rocky Gap several times. We like them both. There is more to do around Deep Creek, i.e., in town, if you're into that. We did the mountain coaster, one year. We prefer Rocky Gap, overall. Its about an hour closer to us, too. But we're still not sure of the overall impact of the new casino at the Lodge, on the other side of the lake. It didn't really make a difference last year. Rocky Gap sites are a bit more spaced out. Both have lakes with 'beaches'. Only electric motors are allowed on the lake at Rocky Gap. There's a great trail that goes all the way around the lake, too. And other trails up the mountain (small mountain). The Western Maryland railroad is in Cumberland, not too far from Rocky Gap. Its an operating steam engine you can ride to Frostburg and back.
     
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    While you are searching PA state parks look at Gifford Pinchot. They do have nice private spots a beach and plenty of hiking. Gettysburg is only a short distance away with even more hiking and history.
     
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    Just wanted to chime in regarding Deep Creek - if you must have electricity, the electric loop is small with tight sites. If you can do without, and if part of your trip is during the week, Deep Creek is awesome! The non-electric loops away from the main road are more spacious and quite wooded. During the week, the crowd thins out and it's super nice! We've been there as tent campers, and hope to go back with the pup
     

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