Self-Guided Opportunities
 
Hiking
Location Fire Tower Trail, Deep Creek Lake State Park, 301-387-5563
2 miles east of Route 219, off State Park Road
Garrett County
Trail Access Trail can be accessed at entrance of camping area 200 yards off Brant Road, past camping office.
Park at campground entrance or in front of maintenance building.
Distance One half mile. Most of this trail is up and down.
Time 30 minutes to 1 hour
Trail Trail begins at an elevation of 2500 feet and ascends directly to 3022 feet at the base of the fire tower.
The fire tower is not open to the public.
Difficulty High, due to extreme slope, loose rocks, water and erosion.
Suitable For Families? Yes, but a very strenuous hike
Hazards/Restrictions Loose and slippery rocks, stinging nettles, green briars. This area is open to public hunting and blaze orange is recommended during spring and fall hunting seasons.
Potable Water Yes, at Deep Creek State Park
Natural Features Views of Deep Creek Lake, limited to foliage on the trees. The public, on a limited basis when accompanied by a ranger or naturalist, can access the fire tower. These programs are offered throughout the season from the Discovery Center.
Historic/Cultural Features The Maryland Forestry Service used the fire tower during fire season. The fire tower has been inactive since the mid 1970's, since there are better roads and volunteer fire departments throughout the county.
Biking Cyclists are permitted on this trail. However, only the most expert cyclists should attempt this.
Camping Camping is not permitted on this trail. Camping is available at Deep Creek Lake State Park, New Germany State Park and Big Run State Park, 1-888-432-2267
Other Points of Interest Historic Brant Mine, located off the Meadow Mountain Trail
Discovery Center
Deep Creek Lake State Park, day use area
Public beach area
Other Accommodations Motels, rental agencies and other campgrounds are located in the Deep Creek Lake area.
Fees or Permits Camping service charge
Description Fire Tower is an extremely difficult and strenuous hike that begins at the entrance of the campground and ascends over 500 feet in elevation in about one quarter mile, to the top of Meadow Mountain. During the fall the colors can be splendid and partial views of the lake are possible. Photographic opportunities available.


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