Alright, folks, buckle up for a journey through some of Garrett County’s best-kept secrets! Whether you’re a born-and-raised local or just in town for the weekend, you may never have heard of some of these spots. We’ve got trails to hike, gardens to wander, and even a place where you can watch master artisans blowing glass. Let’s dive in and uncover these hidden gems one by one.

1. Rock Maze Trail
Picture this: you’re wandering through the woods near Oakland, MD – surrounded by ancient trees and the sounds of nature. Suddenly, you stumble upon a maze of massive rocks just waiting to be explored. That’s the Rock Maze Trail for you!
According to hiker Sarah Bertok Danhauer, “Don’t get discouraged. The appearance is deceiving until you get to the top where the rock maze is (top of the hill). Allow extra time to spend exploring that area.”
This trail is perfect for a family outing or a solo adventure. And don’t worry — even the pooch can come along — just keep Fido on a leash. Pro tip: Wear sturdy shoes, especially if you’re hitting the trail in the spring when it’s all mud and snow melt.
Contact Information:
● For trail information and updates, visit
● Parking: Near the intersection of Cranesville and Snaggy Mountain Roads.

2. Kitzmiller Botanical Garden
Who knew a high school biology project could blossom into something this beautiful? The Kitzmiller Botanical Garden is a testament to decades of hard work and love for the environment. It was started in 1948 by Dr. Melvin Brown, a new teacher at Kitzmiller High School in 1945. While teaching students about the important role plants have in the environment, he simultaneously turned the undeveloped land surrounding the school into a Botanical Garden.
Today, thanks to this vision, you can wander through lush gardens, cross over quaint bridges, and marvel at the colorful pond teeming with life. It’s like stepping into a fairy tale right here in Garrett County. The actual paths and fireplaces were constructed from rocks within the park and the State Forestry Board provided two truckloads of trees in the early years of the garden. According to the website, “A windmill, which still stands in the park, was designed by the physics class and constructed by a combination of several different classes.”
While exploring, you can witness multiple species of native flowers, shrubs, and trees, as well as rare and ornamental varieties.
Contact Information:
● Address: Kitzmiller, MD 21538
● Hours: Open 24 hours

3. Simon Pearce Glassblowing Workshop
Have you ever seen glassblowing in action? Now’s your chance at the Simon Pearce Glassblowing Workshop. Founded by Simon Pearce himself, this place is all about creating unique, handmade glassware.
According to the website, “Simon Pearce opened his first glassblowing shop in 1971 in Kilkenny, Ireland. Today, [they] have 12 stores across the United States and are stocked in over 400 retailers.”
As Simon Pearce himself puts it, “Every piece of glassware we blow carries the sign of its maker—the pontil mark softly rooted on the underside of the glass.”
Watch skilled artisans work their magic as they transform molten glass into stunning art pieces right before your eyes. And if you see something you like, you can take it home as a special memento of your visit.
Contact Information:
● Simon Pearce Glassblowing Workshop
● Address: 265 Glass Drive, Oakland, MD 21550
● Phone: (301) 334-5277
● Website:

4. Alpaca Acres Farm
At Alpaca Acres Farm & Fiber, nestled in the picturesque Western MD mountains near Deep Creek Lake, you’ll find a haven of family-friendly fun, and fluffy alpacas ready to steal your heart. The Hott family that runs Alpaca Acres Farm & Fiber specializes in products made from the incredibly soft Huacaya Alpaca fiber. But it’s not just about the products – it’s about the experience.
Whether visiting for a private meet and greet with Al Paca and his furry friends or attending one of their exciting events, you’re guaranteed to create smiles, memories, and traditions that will last a lifetime. From riding and sliding to playing the day away, there’s something for everyone at Alpaca Acres Farm. And with events like National Alpaca Farm Days and Fun & Facts Field Trips, the fun never stops.
As their website quips, “Smiles. Memories. Traditions.”
So why wait?
“We’re a great place for birthday parties, family reunions, church and youth groups, and company events,” said Tabby, a member of their team who gave us the lowdown. Schedule your alpaca farm experience today and connect with Alpaca Acres Farm & Fiber for updates and news. It’s time to embark on an adventure filled with furry friends and unforgettable moments.
Contact Information:
● Alpaca Acres Farm & Fiber
● Phone: 570-851-8913
● Email:
● Address: 1557 Sanders Lane, Oakland, MD 21550
● Website:
● Facebook: Alpaca Acres Maryland

5. Casselman Creamery
Last but certainly not least, we’ve got the Casselman Creamery. Located just outside Grantsville, this place is a paradise for cheese lovers and foodies alike. Picture this: you pull off the road onto a private lane leading to the creamery, and what do you see? An old milk truck just begging for a photo op! Snap a couple of pics for souvenirs before heading inside.
Step into the spacious store and take a moment to soak in the rustic charm. From the moment you walk in, you’re greeted by the aroma of freshly made cheese and the friendly smiles of the staff. It’s like a warm hug for your senses.
According to their website, “Cheese production starts with milk from a local Amish Dairy Farm in the Casselman Valley.”
The creamery specializes in artisanal cow’s milk cheeses, each one crafted with care and precision. But here’s the kicker – they use milk from a local Amish Dairy Farm in the Casselman Valley. Talk about farm-to-table goodness!
Curious about the cheese-making process? Head over to the large viewing area and watch as skilled artisans work their magic. It’s mesmerizing to see milk transform into creamy, delectable cheese right before your eyes.
And the best part? You can sample the goods! Ask the staff for a taste of their cheese curds, feta, mozzarella, and aged cheddars. Trust me, once you’ve had a sample, you’ll be hooked.
Feeling hungry? Head over to the Farmers Table Eatery and indulge in a mouthwatering meal made with locally sourced ingredients. It’s farm-to-table dining at its finest, folks.
Contact Information:
● Casselman Creamery
● Location: 97 Locker Ln, Grantsville, Maryland 21536
● Phone: (301) 895-0100
● Email:
● Website:


Written by Collen DuBose