Get Back To Small Town Charm

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

Coal Heritage Itinerary

Once a major center in the US coal industry, the Georges Creek Valley was historically known as "The Big Vein" for its thick seam of bituminous coal, famous for its clean-burning, low-sulfur content that made it ideal for powering ocean steamers, riverboats, locomotives, steam mills, and machine…

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Top Indoor Experiences in Allegany County this Winter

While snow showers, temperatures in the teens, and gusty winds all make up the general description of our weather forecast for the foreseeable future, one doesn't need to stay bundled up in their home waiting for Spring's thaw. Instead, we encourage you to get out an explore the many indoor based…

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LaVale Toll House 2023 Season

America's first road trip started here in Allegany County at mile marker "0" of the Historic National Road - a road that expanded trade and commerce, fueled settlers’ westward migration, and set the foundation for modern federal highway systems across America. The National Road began construction…

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George Washington Really Did Sleep Here

As we enjoy our national Presidents' Day holiday, it’s a timely notion to recollect the special relationship that young George Washington forged in Allegany County, Maryland, as a young adventurer, soldier, and even as our first president. We are fortunate to have our own “George Washington,” as…

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African American Sites In Mountain Maryland

In honor of Black History Month, we wanted to take this moment to explore some of our own African American heritage sites that tell important stories of Allegany County, Maryland. In our Passages of the Western Potomac Heritage Area, Allegany County’s state-designated heritage area, you can explore…

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Three Ways to Ride

The corridor along the abandoned Western Maryland Railway line is a mecca for activity. When you hop aboard the Western Maryland Scenic Railroad, cycle along the Great Allegheny Passage, or pedal along with Tracks and Yaks, you’ll travel this 16‐mile stretch from Cumberland’s Western Maryland…

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America's First Road Trip

America's First Road Trip starts here in Allegany County at mile "0" of the Historic National Road. In 1806, Thomas Jefferson championed the development of the National Road, the first federally-funded highway, as a way to connect trade and commerce from westward migration to colonies along the…

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C&O Canal National Historical Park 50th Anniversary

This year, we are celebrating the 50th Anniversary of the C&O Canal National Historical Park joining the National Park Service system. This treasured national park was the 11th most-visited national park in the US in 2019 and preserves and interprets the 19th-century transportation canal from…

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