Immerse yourself in Civil War history at this Western Maryland site.
Antietam National Battlefield

Things to See and Do in Western Maryland

Home to history, innovation, beauty and adventure, Western Maryland is unique in its wealth of opportunities for enjoying outdoor activities, exploring U.S. history and architecture and more. In Western Maryland, getting away feels like coming home.

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Deep Creek in Western Maryland provides a serene backdrop for bass fishing.

1 Take the plunge on a visit to Deep Creek Lake

Deep Creek Lake covers 3,900 acres and has 65 miles of shoreline, so it’s perfect for power boating, sailing, kayaking, jet skiing, fishing, canoeing, waterskiing, wakeboarding . . . even ice fishing in the winter! It’s also an ideal fall foliage destination.  

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898 State Park Rd.
Swanton, MD 21561

This festival held over 4 days in fall has tons of family-friendly things to do.

2 Marvel at fall’s fireworks at the Autumn Glory Festival

Each fall the forests of Western Maryland produce a mind-boggling array of color, and a single visit may not be enough to capture the season’s splendor, but if you can only make one trip, Oakland’s annual Autumn Glory Festival is a can’t miss. The five-day festival, named the number one Fall Festival by, offers foliage tours, parades, music, dance competitions, art exhibits, local crafts and even a car show. 

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3 Walk the crossroads of history at Antietam National Battlefield

It was early photography of the Civil War battle at Antietam that forever altered our understanding of war.  Come witness its rolling hills, idyllic streams and bucolic forests, which give no sign of the patriot blood that soaked its fields on the single bloodiest day of fighting in American history. 

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5831 Dunker Church Road
Sharpsburg, MD 21782

Bike the long stretches of trail along the C&O Towpath Trail, part of the Maryland Scenic Byways.

4 Bike the C&O Canal and Great Allegheny Passage

The flat path along this scenic canal is ideal for two-wheeled trips, so pack your bike out to the Cumberland Visitor’s Center and spend the day riding along this historic canal. The Great Allegheny Passage (GAP) rail-trail offers 150 miles of hiking and biking between Cumberland, MD, and Pittsburgh, PA. In Cumberland, the GAP joins the C&O Canal Towpath, creating a continuous 335 mile long trail experience to Washington, DC. Or, for the adventure of a lifetime, make Cumberland your bike destination. A few days’ ride from Washington, D.C. will get you to this beautiful town for a getaway you’ll never forget.

ASCI's man-made rapids offer thrilling rafting adventures.

5 Amp up the action at Adventure Sports Center International (ASCI)

Home of the world’s only mountaintop recirculating whitewater course for whitewater rafting and kayaking, ASCI’s course can change from a Class II for beginners to a Class IV so challenging it was chosen as the site of the 2014 ICF Canoe Slalom World Championships. You can also stick to land adventures with rock climbing and geocaching.

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250 Adventure Sports Way
McHenry, MD 21541

Hit the slopes at this popular resort in Western Maryland for your winter adrenalin fix.

6 Take a powder at Wisp Resort

The region’s premier ski resort offers 32 downhill slopes and trails, terrain parks, a snow tubing park, ice skating rink and a Mountain Coaster for fun when the snow is done. The Nordic center is home to cross-country skiing, snowmobiling, snowshoeing and a slope-side Hotel. Wisp Resort offers visitors a complete winter experience and, during the summer, enjoy pontoon boat tours, mountain bike rentals, two golf courses, scenic chairlift rides, Segway tours and more. 

Garrett County Rocks and Trees

7 Hike the Eastern Continental Divide

This rugged seam formed where North America’s continental plates are pulling apart makes for some of the most intriguing geology and challenging hiking on the East Coast. With beautiful views of the Savage River Forest, Big Savage Mountain, Meadow Mountain, and idyllic Lake Habeeb in New Germany State Park, hiking the Eastern Continental Divide in Garrett County is a must for every outdoorsman or woman’s bucket list. 

Spruce Forest Artisan Village

8 Experience uniquely American Crafts, Cuisine and Culture at the Spruce Forest Artisan Village

Local artists and artisans offer their unique wares at this Grantsville landmark, built from an eclectic collection of reclaimed historic Appalachian cabins. From the village, stroll to the Casselman River Bridge, a majestic stone arch bridge completed in 1811 as part of the legendary National Road. Afterwards, grab a bite at the Penn Alps Restaurant and Craft Shop.

Mr. Toads Pottery

9 Indulge your inner artist at Mr. Toad’s Pottery

Take a class to learn to throw your own pots, or pick out one of Mr. Toad’s myriad pottery pieces to glaze yourself. Mr. Toad’s makes for a great family outing and a perfect place to get that one of a kind gift for friends and relatives. Mr. Toad’s also hosts story-times for the kids and offers courses in fused glass and mosaics. Visit for more information.

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10 Tour the Antietam Highlands Wine Trail

Meandering through the rolling hills and mountains of Western Maryland, crisscrossing five National Parks, ten state parks, and one of the most important fronts of the Civil War, the Antietam Highlands Wine Trail is home to five of Maryland’s premiere wineries. This trail is a must for wine lovers and history buffs alike.  Visit for more information.


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Casselman River Bridge State Park
Stroll over the bridge in this State Park, then head to the Casselman Inn for lunch. Photo by Kevin Moore
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Western Maryland Railroad
Take a ride aboard 1916 restored Baldwin Steam locomotive through the scenic mountains of Allegany County.
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Cannon at Antietam National Battlefield
Antietam was the site of the single bloodiest day of fighting on American soil.
Skiing at Wisp Resort
Hit the slopes at this popular resort in Western Maryland for your winter adrenalin fix.
Kayaking in Deep Creek Lake State Park
Skim over the calm waters of Deep Creek Lake.
House of Yoder in the Spruce Forest Artisan Village
House of Yoder in the Spruce Forest Artisan Village
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Immerse yourself in Civil War history at this Western Maryland site.
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