Vacation Destination: Wisp Resort | WDVM25 and DCW50
MCHENRY, Maryland (WDVM) – Nestled in the mountains of Garrett County, many think of Wisp Resort to be a destination for the winter months, but in the summer it turns into an adventure lover’s dream.
The resort offers fun for the whole family, breathtaking views at the top of the mountain after a scenic chairlift ride or playing a round of golf at Lodestone Golf Course, kayaking or canoeing on the larger Maryland’s freshwater lake, at speeds of up to 25 miles per hour on the resort’s Mountain Coaster.
Jay Quinn, Outdoor Recreation Manager at Wisp, says Mountain Park has something for everyone.
“Here at Mountain Park we have the Mountain Coaster. We have the panoramic chairlift that will take you to the top of the mountain, two different ropes courses with ziplines, ”explained Quinn. “We also offer archery and disk golf.”
One of the main attractions of Mountain Park is the Mountain Coaster. The mile-long, screaming track can reach a top speed of around 25 miles per hour and can be enjoyed by children and parents alike. Alongside the Mountain Coaster are two ropes courses, the Chipmunk Challenge Course and the Spider Monkey Adventure. The Chipmunk Challenge course is designed for children four years and older weighing at least 40 pounds. The Chipmunk Challenge Course features a continuous belay system that covers over 500 feet of cable and includes 2 zip lines and 6 obstacles for even the smallest daredevil. The Spider Monkey adventure features 6 obstacles and takes place over 20 feet in the air. Participants must be over 6 years of age and weigh at least 50 pounds. The Spider Monkey adventure features a 40 foot “Spider Web” and “Tilt & Hop” among other obstacles before ziplining over 200 feet to complete their adventure. The Mountain Park also offers the Flying Squirrel Canopy Tour for guests 10 years and older and weighing over 70 pounds. The nearly 2-hour tour features treetop views of Deep Creek Lake and 5 ziplines ranging from 180 feet to over 400 feet.
Wisp Resort is also home to the world’s only mountain-top whitewater rafting course, which recirculates more than 15,000 gallons of water every minute through man-made rapids. Three pumps project water through the loop which offers views of the valley and the lake below.
“There’s nowhere else that offers a view like this, most rivers are at the bottom of the river or in the valleys, and you don’t have a 360 degree view,” Eric explained. Anderson, director of the mountain park at the Adventure Sports Center. “It’s family-friendly and it’s a controlled environment. This, unlike natural rivers, has no undercut rocks or trap points. “
Anderson says the whitewater rafting course is accessible to beginners and those with extensive experience.
“We have all the material for you, we go through everything. Just introduce yourself and we’ll take care of the rest, ”says Anderson.
If you’re looking to work your swing on your trip to the mountains, the resort’s two golf courses, Lodestone and Fantasy Valley, not only offer stunning views of Deep Creek Lake, but also extensive practice facilities like chipping. and the putting greens. like the driving range, to work the bogeys out of your game.
Max Hill, director of golf operations for both courses, explains that the holes are designed to accommodate golfers of all skill levels. Lessons
“The 18-hole golf course is one where the greens are very difficult, very open to the start, very scenic, it’s a great experience,” said Hill. “And we have golfers from beginner to advanced level playing here, you know, all season long.”
If a day on the water or at the beach seems quicker, the resort’s beach hut and private cove are located minutes away on the shore of Maryland’s largest freshwater lake, offering rest and relaxation. much needed relaxation. The beach hut offers hourly canoe, kayak and stand-up paddleboard rentals as well as tubes for floating on shore. The resort also offers a pontoon boat tour that allows guests to take in the breathtaking views of the nearly 65 miles of Deep Creek Lake shoreline.
For more information about Wisp Resort, please visit their website.