Some of Allegany County, the Mountain Maryland’s greatest assets are open space and the great outdoors. Affectionally is known as “The Mountain Side of Maryland,” this region is home to 60,000 acres of public land where the star of the show is Mother Nature.

In fact, one out of every four acres in Mountain Maryland is public land, which means outdoor recreation enthusiasts, you will find your haven. Featuring four state parks and Maryland’s largest contiguous forest – Green Ridge State Forest, the region is home to trail systems, hunting, fishing, water sports, camping, and more.

However, the real recreation showstopper may be the accessibility to internationally-recognized trails including the 150-mile Great Allegheny Passage (locally called “The GAP”) which soars over valleys, snakes around mountains, and skirts alongside rivers on its nearly level path. One of the biggest appeals is the ability to travel off-road for 334-miles all the way from Pittsburgh, PA, to Washington, DC, when combining the Passage with the C&O Canal Towpath in Cumberland.

Mountain Maryland has also gained a well-deserved reputation as a regional arts destination with flourishing Arts and Entertainment districts, engaging downtowns, and the second-largest bluegrass festival in the country, DelFest, which calls Allegany County home.

Travelers will also enjoy three centuries of American history including George Washington’s Headquarters, the start of the country’s first federally-funded road, the National Road, Maryland’s first certified heritage area, and the Western Maryland Scenic Railroad.

Allegany County accommodations can serve as a home base for exploring attractions and Mother Nature’s beauty. A true getaway, this region boasts a handful of charming bed and breakfasts, a large selection of chain hotels, beautifully set campgrounds, and a casino resort – one of six casinos in the state.

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