Allegany County, the Mountain Side of Maryland, is a four-season destination with adventure on the horizon and experiences in your midst, any time of year.
Mountain Maryland summers beckon you to explore the vistas and valleys with scenic overlook exploring and the rivers and lakes flow freely to offer a cool retreat from the summer sun. It’s a local favorite pastime to gather the crew and hit the Potomac River for a float trip. Or, head to Rocky Gap State Park for a paddle around the lake or trek on the miles mountain bike trails. After a day of adventure, make a stop along the Allegany County Ice Cream Trail or the Mountain Maryland Tap and Pour Tour.
If you’ve never seen a peak fall season in Mountain Maryland, you’re in for a treat. Experience the crisp mountain air and vistas of vibrant colors of orange, red, and yellow that blanket the mountainside and welcome you in. Take a ride on the Great Allegheny Passage Trail, named by National Geographic as one of the “Top Fall Trips in the World.” Recognized by the Travel Channel as one of “20 Terrific Train Trips for the Family,” the Western Maryland Scenic Railroad is a picturesque train-ride experience that can’t be skipped. Or relish the foliage along the rails a different way with Tracks and Yaks, Maryland’s only rail biking experience. To start your day, be sure to make a stop along the Donut and Go - A Donut and Coffee Trail for a perfect sugar rush and sustained buzz as you venture out to explore the mountainside.
Whether your aim is to get snowed in, snuggle by a cozy fire at a bed and breakfast or resort, or to take off on an outdoor expedition, Mountain Maryland offers a wide range of activities suited for your winter mountainside getaway. Put on your winter attire and hit the trails on the Great Allegheny Passage or Rocky Gap State Park for some cross country skiing or snowshoeing, or grab your fishing gear and head to Rocky Gap’s Lake Habeeb for some coveted ice fishing. Our snow-covered mountainsides and accessibility to mother nature beckon those seeking respite from the chaos of everyday life.
When we think of a Mountain Maryland spring, we think of the budding trees, fruitful hikes through the forests, and biking and hiking on the various trails throughout our parks and passages. Spring is the perfect time to catch the Eastern Redbuds in bloom along one of our low traffic and beautiful Mountain Maryland’s road cycling routes. Discover the region’s fascinating history through our many museums, historical sites, or hit the open road with one of our Scenic Byways.