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Directions from Deep Creek Lake
In the fall we meet at the Weather Station Put-In near the dam of the Savage Reservoir. It is about 30-40 minutes of scenic driving from Deep Creek Lake in the heart of the Savage State Forest. All tours from September 2nd on Meet Here.
Turn on Glendale Road from Route 219. Depending on which direction you are travelling on Route 219 (Garrett Highway) will determne which way you turn. From the North Lake Area (Wisp) it would be a left turn. onto Glendale Road. Glendale Road is just south on Rte 219 from Arrowhead/Unos and the Movie Theater, Near MacDonalds at the traffic light. This is called mid – lake.
Follow Glendale Road over the Glendale Bridge and bear right staying on Glendale Rd. Follow for approx 3 miles to the Right Turn at North Glade Road (there is a sign for the North Glade Inn at this corner, right is the only way you can turn) Turn on North Glade and follow for a few miles unitl it reaches a stop sign and intersection at Route 495. On this corner is the Curts Corner /Anchor Mart. Go ACROSS 495 straight, onto Mellinger Road. Follow Mellinger Road for almost a mile until you reach a junction with the first paved road coming in sharply from the left. Take this paved left turn on Spring Lick Road -and follow all the way down the mountain to the intersection with the Savage River Road, 4+ miles. Windy and narrow in spots. Go slow.
At the stop sign Spring Lick Road junctions with Savage River Road – bear right onto Savage River Road and follow for one mile until you come to a chain link fence surrounding a weather station on your left. If you come to the dam you went a little to far. Take the immediate hairpin left turn into the drive just past and at the end of the fence. Cars with low clearance can park along the road up top, or park in the first spaces immedately on the left after turning. Suv’s and trucks can take the semi rough drivway down a little further to the put in.
Directions from Pittsburgh
Follow I-79 to I-68 in Morgantown WV. Take I-68 East towards Cumberland MD. Follow for 36 miles and Exit # 4 IN MARYLAND, the Friendsville Exit. Follow route 42 south towards Deep Creek Lake. In 7 miles 42 merges with Route 219. Follow 219 south towards Deep Creek Lake. Follow 219 over the lake and make the first right you come to at the light, Glendale Rd (MacDonalds on right). Turn left off 219 onto the Glendale Road. follow directions above.
Directions from Baltimore and DC
Get on I-70 west from Baltimore or from Washington DC and I-270. Follow 70 west to Hagerstown and get on I-68 WEST towards Hancock and Cumberland MD. Follow I-68 to Exit #19 (Grantsville Exit) and follow Route 495 south towards Swanton. Follow for APPROX 11-12 miles. You will go past Rock Lodge Road on the right and the nin a few miles past the Western Maryland 4-H Education Center and Pleasant Valley Rercreation Center on your right. Stay on 495 up over hill (Meadow Mountain) and down again and go past the turm to New Germany road on your left, keep following 495 past Glendale Road (road to Deep Creek Lake) and follow it until you see the Anchor Mart Store and North Glade Road on your Right and Melllinger on your left. Mellinger Road. Turn left on Mellinger Road for almost a mile until you reach a junction with the first paved road coming in sharply from the left. Take this paved left turn (Spring Lick Road – sign maybe missing?) and follow all the way from the top of the mountain down to the intersection with the Savage River Road, 4+ miles.
At the Spring Lick junction with Savage River Road bear right onto Savage River Road and follow for one mile until you come to a chain link fence surrounding a weather station on your left. Take the immediate left turn into the drive just past and at the end of the fence. Cars with low clearance can park along the road up top, or park in the first spaces immedately on the left after turning. Suv’s, some vans and trucks can carefully take on the rough driveway down to the water.