When you settle in, you'll feel right at home. Whether you like a small town atmosphere, historic neighborhoods, modern developments or remote farmhouses, there is a dwelling that will fit your lifestyle. Garrett County's small towns offer an array of signature amenities, annual festivals, and close-knit communities to welcome you with open arms.
Oakland is the county seat built around the B&O Railroad in the 1800s. Many original structures still stand, complementing the small town atmosphere. It has conveniently located, top-rated hospital and schools, downtown shopping, banks, a post office, library, and the County Courthouse. A residential neighborhood with historic homes is within walking distance of the newly designated downtown A&E district.
Adjacent historic towns of Mountain Lake Park, Loch Lynn, and Deer Park are residential neighborhoods just a short drive away. Greater Oakland houses the largest population in Garrett County.
Deep Creek Lake is Maryland's largest man-made lake and welcomes tourists year-round who enjoy summer excursions on the water, spectacular Fall foliage, downhill skiing at WISP Ski Resort and Spring strolls on the 65 miles of shoreline.
The crowning jewel of Garrett County has part-time and full-time residents, vacation rentals, shopping, marinas, a movie theater, and a variety of restaurants and bars. Deep Creek Lake State Park offers a sandy beach for swimming and taking in the sunshine.
Grantsville is home to the historic Casselman River Bridge, a restored stone arch that was part of the first national road in Maryland. Its rich history features the renowned Spruce Forest Artisan Village, Penn Alps Restaurant and the latest addition, Cornucopia Café.
The town recently secured an Arts & Entertainment District designation from the State and plans to expand its cultural influence.
Friendsville is a unique community now flourishing around the Youghiogheny River that rushes through the heart of town. The cozy valley setting is just off the National Highway making for convenient access to points East and West.
It's most popular with whitewater enthusiasts and to those seeking outdoor activities like fishing, hiking, and birdwatching. Outfitters, quaint restaurants, and bars have popped up to serve residents and visitors year-round who may be looking for outdoor adventures or taking a break from a rigorous day.
Photo courtesy: Oliver Grossman, Precision Rafting
Accident is a quaint farming town between The National Highway and Deep Creek Lake. Its quiet setting embodies the quintessential small-town life. The countable population affords privacy when you want it, but neighborly advice when you need it.
Sprawling acreage allows for anyone desiring to farm, raise livestock, or graze horses. Town life offers the essentials you'll need, places to dine, and its recent claim to fame, FireFly Farms where world-class goat cheese is handcrafted. You'll also find specialty foods, wines, and tastings for the adventurous pallet.