Rocky Gap State Park | Oh, Ranger! (2022)

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    Boating

    Rocky Gap State Park's Lake Habeeb offers year-round recreational opportunities. Boats are allowed on Lake Habeeb 24 hours per day, seven days per week. Navigational lights are required after sunset. Only electric powered motors are allowed on Lake Habeeb. Gasoline powered motors are prohibited. A public boat ramp is located within the park, along Pleasant Valley Road. Rental boats, including canoes and kayaks, are available in the day-use beach area and at the campground beach, for campground users.

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    Bicycling

    There are some biking trails located throughout the park.•Helmets are required for everyone under the age of 16, including passengers, who ride their bicycles on the road, bicycle paths, or any public property. (TR § 21-1207.1) •Helmets are also required for everyone under the age of 16 who are riding on a scooter or on in-line skates. (TR § 21-1207.2) •The helmets must meet or exceed the standards of the American National Standards Institute, the Snell Memorial Foundation, or the American Society for Testing and Materials. (TR § 21-1207.1)

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    Camping

    Rocky Gap offers 278 individual campsites. The campground also features a dump station, centrally located bathhouses with hot water, a family group site, three youth group camping areas, one boat ramp, boat rentals, laundry facilities, a nature center, game room, private swimming beach and a camp store. Fourteen mini cabins, each with electric, bunk bed and a double bed, are available for rent. Pets are allowed in four designated camp loops.

    The family group site offers visitors a location for many units and space for up to 40 people to camp together. The group site includes a two-story mini cabin with balcony, porch, and electric, as well as six electric hookups and a group fire ring. Access to two nearby bathhouse facilities is available. Available for rent at Rocky Gap is a three bedroom, two-story Easter Hill Chalet that accommodates up to eight people. A completely furnished kitchen, wrap-around deck, fireplace, outdoor campfire area and grill make this an enjoyable vacation spot. The chalet is located in a forested, private area of the park, overlooking the lake.

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    Fishing

    Fishing is permitted 24 hours per day, 7 days per week. The lake is home to panfish, trout, catfish and large and smallmouth bass. A valid Maryland Non-Tidal/Freshwater Fishing License is required for those 16 years of age and older.

    To help maintain a healthy fish population, park volunteers have added artificial fish habitats throughout the lake. Brown trout and rainbow trout are stocked throughout the year.

    To purchase a Maryland fishing license, call the licensing service center, 24 hours per day, seven days per week, at 1-800-918-2870.

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    Hiking

    Rocky Gap offers a variety of hiking trails for guests to enjoy. The Lakeside Trail, a moderate 4.5 mile trail that encircles Lake Habeeb, offers hikers scenic beauty of the area. Crossing over four-foot bridges, trekking along the shoreline and winding through the woodlands are what makes this such a diverse trail.

    A magnificent view of the one mile long gorge is the gift hikers will get when they reach the overlook on the one-quarter mile long Canyon Overlook Trail. This trail offers visitors a short but scenic hike.

    "Rock hop" down into the canyon on the challenging five-mile long Evitt's Homesite Trail and find yourself surrounded by hemlock, mountain laurel and rhododendron. Cross the small cascading stream on the footbridge and begin to climb Evitt's Mountain, named for one of Allegany County's first European settlers. This is an ambitious trail that climbs about 1,000 feet in elevation in 2.5 miles (five miles round-trip). Plan to take water and a camera and spend a couple of hours hiking to the top of the mountain. This trail offers a great hike for those willing to take the challenge.

    The one-quarter mile long Touch of Nature Trail offers hikers of all ability levels a fully accessible paved trail. Benches line the hemlock-edged path that leads to the fishing dock and connects with the Lakeside Trail.

    Walk 100 feet into the woods from the road to the Touch of Nature Parking Lot, to visit the Lemel Bucy Family Cemetery. The Bucy Cemetery is an excellent example of a 19th Century rural cemetery. Originally owned by Caleb Luman, the land was sold to Lemel Bucy, whose family used the cemetery during the 1800's, until the property was sold in 1900. The parcel of land passed through five owners before the Maryland Commission of Forests and Parks purchased it in 1964. The cemetery features many Civil War era stones, including for two children who perished only days apart.

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    Historic Sites

    Rocky Gap State Park's interpretive programs are based out of the nature center. Throughout the summer, the nature center offers daily activities to educate visitors about natural and cultural resources and experience the exciting features of the outdoor environment.

    Interpretive activities include nature hikes, talks, nature crafts, demonstrations, children's programs, campfire programs and special events. The Nature Center has open hours for visitors to explore the building and its many exhibits. Group programs are also available upon request throughout the year and can be tailored to accommodate group needs.

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    Hunting

    Rocky Gap is one of Maryland's many state parks that allow hunting activities for the public. At Rocky Gap there are 1,451 acres of land designated for hunting. This area can be accessed by walking from the parking area at the Touch of Nature Trailhead or by walking in from the campground or campground office.

    A separate 300-acre tract of land between Pleasant Valley Road and I-68 offers bow only hunting. Parking is available at the park office and at the amphitheatre on Pleasant Valley Road.

    Hunting areas are marked with signs and safety areas are posted. Please recognize all hunting regulations and safety precautions. Remember to keep all weapons unloaded and cased until you are within a designated hunting area. Hunters are asked to take into consideration that recreational trails do pass into the managed hunting areas. Rocky Gap State Park offers a distinct hunting program for individuals who possess a permit to hunt from a vehicle.

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    Picnicking

    Rocky Gap offers four pavilions for rent. Pavilions are only available on a rental basis. All pavilions include a private restroom or one located in the immediate vicinity.

    The Clover Hill pavilion is a small pavilion that accommodates up to 50 people and is located at the entranceway to Rocky Gap's day use area.

    White Pine Pavilion is nestled under a grove of white pine trees, situated above the public boat launch, overlooking Lake Habeeb. The pavilion is located along Pleasant Valley Road. White Pine Pavilion accommodates up to 125 people.

    Lakeview Pavilion is located along Pleasant Valley Road and is in a private area with a large field available to users. The pavilion is situated on a slope above the lake. Lakeview Pavilion accommodates up to 125 people. The newest pavilion at Rocky Gap is located in the day use area, near the public beaches and across the lake from the Rocky Gap Lodge. The pavilion accommodates a maximum capacity of 80.

    Pavilion reservations can be made by contacting the reservation center at 1-888-432-2267 or online at http://reservations.dnr.state.md.us

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    RVing

    Rocky Gap offers 278 individual campsites, including 30 equipped with electric hook-ups. Full details of every campsite at Rocky Gap are available. The campground also features a dump station, centrally located bathhouses with hot water, a family group site, three youth group camping areas, one boat ramp, boat rentals, laundry facilities, a nature center, game room, private swimming beach and a camp store. Fourteen mini cabins, each with electric, bunk bed and a double bed, are available for rent. Pets are allowed in four designated camp loops.

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    Water Sports

    Swimming is permitted in the designated swimming areas in the day use area as well as the park's campground.

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