Destination guide

Welcome to Deep Creek Lake

McHenry is a small town that lies on the northern shore of Deep Creek Lake in western Maryland. The lake covers almost 4,000 acres and has more than 60 miles of shoreline, providing ample opportunity for water sports, hiking, mountain biking, and horseback riding. During the winter months, the snows arrive and the cold snap freezes the lake turning the area into a white wonderland. Don't let this stop you from staying at one of the McHenry vacation rentals, as the frosty realm is a pleasure to explore, and you can try your hand at some ice fishing. You can also dive into one of the historical museums, or enjoy a hot chocolate in one of the cozy log cabin cafes.

Things to do

Looking back into history

While staying in one of the McHenry vacation rentals, nature hogs the limelight. But there are nearby attractions for history buffs as well. The Garrett County Historical Society & Museum offers a look at times gone by, with immersive exhibits displaying antiques, artworks, and industrial relics from the long-ago days which formed the character of the region. Meanwhile, the Spruce Forest Artisan Village is a lovingly crafted recreation of the past, with log cabins and artisans who still blacksmith and weave in the traditional way.


Acres of parkland to explore

With vast sweeps of parkland to explore in the region, you can look forward to dozens of outdoor activities while staying at your McHenry vacation rental. In the winter, you can snowshoe or cross country ski, while spring, summer, and fall are the perfect seasons for mountain biking the trails, or kayaking and boating on Deep Creek Lake. Near to the town, you can step back in time by boarding a carriage or sleigh for a guided tour around the countryside. There are also several award-winning golf courses made up of challenging rolling lawns punctuated by sandy pits.


Seasonal escapades around McHenry

Different activities are available all year round, as are the McHenry vacation rentals. The best time for hiking and mountain biking is during spring and fall, when the weather is nicely warm and the skies bright and clear. The summer can get very hot, and is best spent relaxing in the shade around Deep Creek Lake or taking refreshing dips. Winter certainly does not spell the end of the visiting season in McHenry. If you come during this time, you can ski and snowshoe in the beautiful snowy wonderland. Just be sure to wrap up warm.

Natural features

One of the best places to see black bears

The biggest draw for explorers in the area has to be Deep Creek, the largest freshwater lake in Maryland. The forests and countryside around the lake are also inhabited by a variety of wildlife. Anyone with a fascination for black bears will be beguiled by the landscape, where these majestic creatures can often be glimpsed. Just exercise caution and keep your distance to admire them safely. And, if you like to fish, be sure to cast your line into the lake to hook a walleye, yellow perch, bass, or trout.

How to get there

Traveling to and around McHenry

The nearest airport is in Morgantown, WV (MGW-Morgantown Municipal), located 30.8 mi (49.5 km) from the city center.

How many vacation rentals are available around McHenry, MD?

Our 2020 property listings offer a large selection of 1,142 vacation rentals around McHenry. From 789 house rentals to 64 cabin rentals, find a unique house rental for you to enjoy a memorable holiday or a weekend with your family and friends.

Can I rent a lakeside property in McHenry?

Ditch those bustling beaches and try a lake instead! Reconnect with your pals at a lakeside rental and enjoy small pleasures like tranquil outlooks and a refreshing walk along the shoreline. Vrbo has 542 getaway properties close to lakes ready to be booked. Open to other suggestions? Vrbo is teeming with other rental options to have a look at, including:

  • 492 mountainside vacation rentals.
  • 435 rural vacation rentals.
  • 427 lakefront vacation rentals.

Can I rent a house in McHenry?

Say goodbye to uninspiring hotel rooms. Our house vacation rentals have an unique, personal touch — and all the space you could need! There are 980 options listed on Vrbo. Prices begin at $38 per night. Or maybe you'd rather pick one of the area's other sought-after rental types, like:

  • Townhome: 166 vacation homes. Prices start from $98 per night.
  • Condo: 74 vacation homes. Prices start from $163 per night.
  • Cabin: 64 vacation homes. Prices start from $110 per night.

Can I stay in McHenry in a large group?

Sometimes it can be tricky finding the time to relax with your relatives and friends. A group getaway is a perfect opportunity to come together. If you were hoping to kick back under the same roof, Vrbo has places for you. House vacation homes are the preferred choice here for big groups of travelers. Our global database presently has 207 available. If you're wanting to stay with a large group, the vacation properties that are suitable for you include:

  • If yours is a party of 12, we've got 489 vacation homes suitable for that size. Book a night from just $38.
  • Require somewhere for 10 guests? We have 474 that will work well. Prices start from $106 per night.
  • Searching for properties for rent to suit 14 guests? You'll be thrilled to know we have 436 that'll be perfect. You can book one for as little as $166 per night.

Your whole squad will be in good hands when you arrange your McHenry adventure through us!

Where are the cheapest rentals in McHenry?

Give the flick to samey chain-hotel rooms! Enjoy the charm of staying like a local in a great value rental instead. Have a look at the incredible options that can be snapped up now on Vrbo. When it comes to seeking out an awesome deal, the first place you look ought to be Waterside At Wisp. Here, Vrbo has 205 rentals at an average price of $198 a night. Sunplace is another place to consider. We've got 149 rentals here, and the average price is around $238 per night.