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The beauty of this region is unparalleled. Allegany County features 60,000 acres of public wildlands, with one in four acres being public land.

National Public Lands Day

We would like to recognize National Public Lands Day by celebrating Allegany County, the Mountain Side of Maryland’s nearly 70,000 acres of public land. In fact, one in every four acres in Allegany County is publicly owned, and we are home to the 8th most-visited National Park, the Chesapeake and…

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2023 Holiday Experiential Gift Guide

This holiday season, give the gift of experience, because memories are priceless and can last a lifetime! The preference for gifting experiences over material items is growing, and Allegany County, the Mountain Side of Maryland, has rounded up a list for all those names that make up your growing…

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Top Fall Activities to Cross Off the List

With scenic overlooks, world-class bike trails systems such as the Great Allegheny Passage and C&O Canal Towpath (both recent USA Today 10Best Recreational trail systems), tree-lined scenic byways through some of the area's historic towns, over 150 miles of developed trail systems, and 70,000 acres…

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Best Places for Vintage, Thrift, and Antique Shopping

Here in Appalachia, we have a knack for breathing new life and purpose into old things, and it is no different in the way we shop, dress, and decorate our living spaces. With an abundance of thrift stores in Allegany County, the Mountain Side of Maryland, fashionistas and maximalists will find…

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Mountain Maryland Books and Authors for National Book Lovers Day

It’s National Book Lovers Day, and Allegany County, the Mountain Side of Maryland, is the perfect place to dive into the comfort of a thrilling tale under a tree in a park or on the plush forest floor or with your toes in the sand on the beach of Lake Habeeb. We asked one of Mountain Maryland’s…

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10 Reasons to Visit this USA Today 10Best Destination

With crisp mountain air, vistas of vibrant foliage, and thousands of acres of access to the great outdoors and recreation it's no surprise that Allegany County, the Mountain Side of Maryland, has been named one of the top best destinations in the United States to visit during fall by USA Today’s…

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Iconic Foods of Mountain Maryland

From seasoned lettuce to two hot dogs “with,” for generations these foodie favorites have stood the test of time, flavor, and tradition, serving as symbols of Allegany County, the Mountain Side of Maryland. Taste your way through this food journey to discover what all the locals are talking about…

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Best Places to Cool Off

The heat wave is upon us here in Allegany County, the Mountain Side of Maryland! And while we are known to have a cool mountain breeze, sometimes not even that is enough to provide relief from the summer’s potent sun. Luckily though, with Allegany County’s access to waterways and a refreshing and…

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4th of July 2023

Celebrate this Independence Day with annual Soapbox derby races, bluegrass music, town celebrations, scenic mountain views and plenty of opportunities to see the fireworks. We have rounded up a list of locations and events within Allegany County, Maryland, where you can celebrate the 4th of July…

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Summer in Mountain Maryland Bucket List

It's lush, it's green. The mountains call you in to explore the vistas and valleys. The rivers and lakes flow freely to offer a cool retreat from the summer sun. It's finally summer, and there is much to do and see. Be sure to check these items off your bucket list in Allegany County, the Mountain…

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