The Nature Tourism Program in Garrett County, Maryland offers an array of outdoor and indoor activities for every-one. But theres nothing like Fall in the mountains; its refreshing, colorful and guaranteed to melt away stress and revitalize you. Enjoy the fresh air, scent of pines, gurgling of a brook or the song of the birds and honking of geese as they prepare to fly South. Shown here are just a few of the Nature Tourism opportunities.
For something out of the ordinary, take a scenic tour by plane for a birds-eye view of Deep Creek Lake and surrounding area. Glenn and Amy Shields of Deep Creek Aviation are a Nature Tourism vendor and know the area well. The price is very reasonable and the plane is new and comfortable. Glenn is an experienced pilot and Captain in the Army National Guard. He goes out of his way to make your small plane flying experience enjoyable and safe.
The great All-American sport anyone, any age, can do and enjoy. At Fish-N-Tales Fishing Guide Service, another unique Nature Tourism vendor, Ed Yetter, Scott Bowers and their professional staff have the experience, knowledge and expertise to teach you how to have a successful fishing experience. They provide everythingboat, rods, artificial bait and instruction. With their knowledge wettn a line will be a pleasant and memorable experience. As with all Nature Tourism vendors, safety comes first.
Exercising and enjoying it; who could ask for more? Mountain Biking doesnt necessarily mean climbing over rock strewn, rugged, hilly trails (but if thats what you want, it can be arranged). Its also easy, smooth rides on good equipment and in a beautiful environment. Josh Frick of Appalachian Mtn. Tours supplies the bikes, safety gear and guide service for any kind of ride you may like. Josh is also a Nature Tourism vendor and takes special interest in seeing that you enjoy your outing. Josh can arrange special tours for groups and adventure camps.
Whitewater Fun For Everyone
Imagine spending a day in water so clear that you can see the fish without traveling to the Caribbean. Such a place exists in nearby Preston County, WV, bordering Garrett County, Maryland, and is known as the Cheat Narrows.
At normal summer water levels the river is so clear you can see trout and Small Mouth Bass swimming beneath your raft as you gently float through a beautiful mountain valley. Perfect jumping rock, swimming and a riverside lunch are standard fare when you book a rafting trip on this scenic Class II river. Mountain Streams and Trails specializes in gentle family rafting trips on the Cheat Narrows. Fully guided rafting trips are the norm, to ensure your safety and enjoyment.
For those who crave more excitement, a variety of trips are offered in Western Maryland and West Virginia that are perfect for beginners through advanced rafters.
For more information on the Nature Tourism Program please contact:
Patricia Manown Mash
MD Dept. of Natural Resorces
Nature Tourism Coordinator
898 State Park Road
Swanton, MD 21561
To reach the Nature Tourism vendors on the previous pages
Deep Creek Aviation
Glenn and Amy Shields
Garrett County Airport
McHenry, MD 21541
Ed Yetter or Scott Bowers
April thru October
cell - 301-331-5301
Appalachian Mtn. Tours
Mountain Streams and Trails