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Our nearly 70,000 acres of public land give us breath-taking views and plenty of opportunities to hike, bike, camp, paddle, and play in the great outdoors, with the benefit of free or low-cost access to natural and historical places, lush green spaces, and mountain fresh air. But with our recreation comes our responsibility to take care of the places we’ve come to love so much. We encourage you to engage with our public spaces and cherished attractions to create your own impact, whether it be park or trail cleanups or engaging with other volunteer groups to learn more about development and stewardship projects and volunteer opportunities.

Upcoming Volunteer Opportunities

Volunteer


Ongoing Efforts:

Great Allegheny Passage:
Break out your lawn chair and a clipboard and help count bicyclists, runners, and hikers on the Great Allegheny Passage this spring or summer! We'd love your help volunteering for just a single two-hour assignment at one of several assigned spots between Cumberland and Pittsburgh. Accurate estimates stimulate trail maintenance dollars. Can you pitch in? A t-shirt and a copy of TrailGuide are among your rewards.

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OUTDOORS

  • 12900 Lake Shore Drive
  • (301) 722-1480

Rocky Gap State Park encompasses over 3,000 acres of public land for guests to enjoy. Rugged mountains surround the park, which also features 243-acre Lake Habeeb. The lake is fed by Rocky Gap Run, which winds through an impressive mile-long gap displaying sheer cliffs…

  • 11110 Ziegler Road SE
  • (301) 842-2155

Sideling Hill Creek State Park (SHCSP) is 865 acres of mountainous forest land. The Point Kilo Overlook and Picnic Area provides a majestic view of the Potomac River valley and picnic tables to enjoy the wildlife and scenery. The park provides a haven for 30 species listed as…

  • Recreation Road

Dans Mountain State Park is located in Allegany County, Maryland. The park can be accessed off I-68 at Exit 34 by traveling south on Maryland Route 36 for approximately nine miles. Dans Mountain State Park serves as a seasonal recreational facility that covers 481 acres and…

  • 28700 Headquarters Drive NE
  • (301) 478-3124

Green Ridge is Maryland's second largest state forest with 44,000 acres of oak and hickory forest types and pockets of shale barrens, desert-like habitats that dot the region because of its extremely low average annual precipitation. Abundant wildlife including deer, turkey, and…

  • 13 Canal Street

Preserving America's early transportation history, the C&O Canal began as a dream of passage to Western wealth. Operating for nearly 100 years the canal was a lifeline for communities along the Potomac River as coal, lumber, and agricultural products floated down the waterway to…

  • P.O. Box 228

Chosen by National Geographic as one of the "Top Fall Trips In The World," the Great Allegheny Passage winds through Maryland's mountains and along Wills Creek, giving bicyclists, hikers, and cross-country skiers some of the most majestic views in the east. Linking up to the C&O…

Mountain Maryland Trails (formerly Allegheny Highlands Trail of Maryland) is a citizen's group formed in the 1990's to promote Maryland's portion of a project that has become known as the Great Allegheny Passage. The Great Allegheny Passage of Maryland links the C&O Canal…

HISTORY AND MUSEUMS

  • 13 Canal Street

Canal Place's ongoing mission is to honor and preserve local heritage and the C&O Canal and bring history to life for visitors and residents alike. Visitors can ride the Western Maryland Scenic Railroad, hike or bike the C&O Canal Towpath, tour a full-scale Canal Boat replica…

  • 632 Washington Street
  • (301) 777-8678

F. Brooke Whiting House & Museum is a 1911 historic bungalow overflowing with Asian Works of Art and American, European and British decorative arts. Experience the art a worldwide connoisseur left behind. Brooke Whiting was born on December 5, 1918 to F. Brooke I and Ruth White…

  • 218 Washington Street

While museums can give you a sense of what life was like in the late 1800s, your best glimpse back in time is the Gordon Roberts House. Named for the two families that resided here, today it is owned by the Allegany County Historical Society and open for tours. This historic…

  • 50 E Main Street
  • (301) 689-1195

Check out our new location on Main Street, in Frostburg, MD.  The Braddock Stone, a local highway marker carved from stone in the 1800s, is housed in a replica pavilion outside the front entrance of Main Street, Frostburg, Maryland, location.

ARTS AND CULTURE

  • 9 N. Centre Street
  • (301) 777-2787

Originally incorporated as a non-profit 501(c)(3) in 1975, the Allegany Arts Council is recognized as the official "umbrella organization" for the arts in Allegany County, Maryland. The Arts Council operates under the supervision of a fifteen-person Board of Directors and…

  • Downtown Cumberland

A visit to Historic City Center is not only a chance to shop and dine, it's an opportunity to get a feel for the pulse of Cumberland's Arts and Entertainment community. Let us make you feel at home in Downtown Cumberland!

  • 101 N Johnson Street
  • (301) 759-4990

The Cumberland Theatre is Western Maryland's only regional professional theatre presenting musicals, comedies, and dramas throughout the year and also serves as a performance venue for other non-profit arts organizations throughout the region. The 2018 season, and tickets are…

  • 49 Baltimore Street
  • (240) 362-7183

The Embassy Theatre restoration reclaims a 1931 Art Deco movie house, sole-remaining entertainment edifice from bygone Queen City life, that has now become a multipurpose center for allied arts. With original motifs re-applied to maintain authenticity, the Embassy renovation was…

  • 31 E Main Street

The Palace Theatre, a non-profit organization, is an all-volunteer run venue that shows a mix of classic, independent, documentary, and foreign films, and hosts live music, plays, and speakers. The Palace features an assortment of organic and natural snacks and soft drinks, as…

Spread the Word:

Does your organization have ongoing volunteer efforts or specific needs? If you have a cleanup event or training opportunity available, please complete our Submit an Event form so we can help spread the word. If you have ongoing needs, please send your organization's name, volunteer needs, and any additional information to tourism@alleganygov.org