Self-Guided Opportunities
Location Meadow Mountain
Deep Creek Lake Recreation Area, 301-387-5563
2 miles east of Route 219
Garrett County
Trail Access Parking lot 3 in day use area, State Park Road, or at entrance to camping area (trail head)
Distance 5 to 6 miles roundtrip, with 3 mile easy out options
Time 2 to 3 hours roundtrip
Trail Wide grassy road bed with somewhat steep inclines. From trailhead to top of mountain is a 500 foot climb in elevation.
Skill Level Beginning to intermediate
Suitable For Families? Yes
Hazards/Restrictions Fallen limbs, open to mountain bikers, snowmobiling and hunting during the winter and fall seasons
Potable Water None
Natural Features Partial views of Deep Creek Lake
Abundant wildlife (whitetail deer, turkeys, ruffed grouse and blackbear)
Historic/Cultural Features Old Brant Mine site
Flowers in the spring around Brant homesite below the mine
Thayerville fire tower (closed to the public)
Old fire control "Corduroy Road" with railroad ties through a glade area
Bike Rentals/Services Biking is permitted. Bike rentals available from local businesses around Deep Creek Lake.
Camping Camping is available at Deep Creek Lake Recreation Area, 1-888-432-2267
Other Points of Interest Deep Creek Lake
Herrington Manor State Park
Swallow Falls State Park
New Germany State Park
Other Accommodations Two private campgrounds located near or on Deep Creek Lake (Bumble Bee RV Park and Campground and Double G Ranch). Hotels, motels and rental agencies are available in the Deep Creek Lake area.
Fees or Permits None
Description Meadow Mountain Trail at Deep Creek Lake Recreation Area is a linear trail that starts at the entrance of the campground and goes out around the old Brant Mine then runs parallel to the ridge top until it ends at private property. At the halfway point, it intersects with the Fire Tower Trail (this is the shortest and quickest way down off the mountain). At the 3/4 point the trail intersects with the Indian Turnip Trail which is a narrow foot path that is approximately 2.5 miles long and returns to the trail head. Both trails meander through a mostly oak, maple and hickory hardwood forest. Most hikers use both trails to make a loop, which is a little over 5.5 miles long.

Resources Recommended Gear and Safety Tips
  • Small first aid kit
  • Water and a snack
  • Sunscreen
  • Insect repellent
  • Adequate footwear
  • Compass
  • Rainwear