Blue Ridge Outdoors Top Towns Nominee: Deep Creek Lake, Maryland

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With attractions like the Ski Wisp ski and snowboard resort, Backbone Mountain, Savage State Forest, the Upper Youghiogheny River, and its namesake high elevation lake, Deep Creek Lake, Maryland is one of the Mid-Atlantic’s foremost outdoor destinations.

Set in the rugged scenery of Delaware’s Allegheny Highlands, not far from the its border with neighboring West Virginia, this outdoor town is an ideal respite for city-weary urbanites in nearby Washington, D.C., and Pittsburgh, Pa. Deep Creek’s access to the Upper Yough offers 10 miles of raging, technical white water with IV and V rapids, and Ski Wisp’s 120 inches of annual snowfall is second to none in the region.


Did you know? Deep Creek is home to the Adventure Sports Center International, where you’ll find a 1,700 foot whitewater course with simulated rapids that can fluctuate in obstacles and class in as little as twenty minutes.

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