The beauty of this region is unparalleled. Allegany County features 60,000 acres of public wild lands, with one out of every four acres being public land. Our outdoor recreation options with Rocky Gap State Park and Green Ridge State Forest (second largest in the state!) offer ample amounts of hiking, biking, fishing, kayaking/canoeing and the ultimate setting for taking in the beauty of Mother Nature’s waters and mountains.
The Great Allegheny Passage, which has received press accolades from the Washington Post to the New York Times, continues to rack up awards like Bicycling Magazine’s “Top Rail Trails Every Cyclist Should Ride,” to National Geographic’s, “One of the Top Fall Trips in the World.” This 150-mile trail, runs from Pittsburgh, PA to Cumberland, MD, before connecting to the C&O Canal which leads riders through to Washington DC, connects riders with two trail towns – Frostburg and Cumberland.
With a vibrant and successful Arts and Entertainment District in historic Downtown Cumberland and the City of Frostburg, Allegany County is gaining a well-deserved reputation as a regional arts destination. Year-round programming in the visual, performing, and literary arts means there always something new and exciting for visitors to enjoy. And, let's not forget DelFest, a family-friendly music festival celebrating the rich legacy of McCoury music and the second largest bluegrass festival in the country, which calls Allegany County home.
History and heritage lives here...with rich assets from three centuries of American history. Key features include George Washington’s headquarters, which was built in 1754, the beginning of the first federally funded road, the National Road, which began in Cumberland, MD, in 1811, the Tollhouse or “Gateway to the West,” Evergreen Heritage Center, which dates back to the American Revolution, and many locations that are recognized by the Maryland Historical Trust and National Register of Historic Places. Plus, the Western Maryland Scenic Railroad, which has been a staple in our community and is a historical reminder of our railroad history featuring commuting rides through the scenic landscape of Mountain Maryland.
In addition, Allegany County accommodations can serve as a base for exploring attractions and the great outdoors. Allegany County is a getaway destination which boasts a handful of quaint and uniquely appointed bed and breakfasts, large selection of chain-hotels and beautifully set campgrounds. Rock Gap Casino Resort is one of six casinos in the state, offering 600 slots and 17 table games.
Allegany County's Mountain Maryland is the Official Destination Marketing Office for Allegany County, Maryland. A comprehensive listing of area attractions, lodging options and community events can be found atwww.mdmountainside.com.