Attractions

Historic Site in Western Maryland

Antietam National Battlefield

The site of the bloodiest day in American history is now, ironically, supremely peaceful, quiet and haunting – and uncluttered, save for plaques and statues. On September 17, 1862, General Robert E Lee's first invas…
National Park in Cumberland

C&O Canal National Historic Park

A marvel of engineering, the C&O Canal was designed to stretch alongside the Potomac River from the Chesapeake Bay to the Ohio River. Construction on the canal began in 1828 but was halted here in 1850 by the Ap…
State Park in Deep Creek Lake

Swallow Falls State Park

One of the most rugged, spectacular parks in the state. Hickory and hemlock trees hug the Youghiogheny River, which cuts a white line through wet slate gorges. A 1.25-mile hiking trail loops past several falls, incl…
Park in Frederick

Carroll Creek Park

Originally a flood control project, this mile-long walking path stretches along Carroll Creek between S Bentz St and S East St, all just south of the historic downtown. Today it's dotted with gardens. fountains and …
Museum in Cumberland

Cumberland Visitor Center & Museum

The national historic park visitor center stocks numerous brochures about the C&O Canal towpath and related attractions. A mock Paw Paw Tunnel connects the visitor center with the C&O Canal Museum, which chr…
National Park in Frederick

Monocacy National Battlefield

The crucial but little known Battle of Monocacy occurred during the last Confederate invasion of the north, which began when Confederate General Jubal Early pushed toward Washington, DC, with 15,000 troops. A Union …
Museum in Western Maryland

Brunswick Visitor Center & Rail Museum

The C&O Canal's little Brunswick Visitor Center doubles as the Brunswick Rail Museum. As quiet as this town is, it was once home to the largest rail yard (7 miles long) owned by a single company in the world. Th…
State Park in Deep Creek Lake

Deep Creek Lake State Park

The lake is most easily accessed via Deep Creek Lake State Park, which sits on a large plateau known as the Tablelands. The area is carpeted in oak and hickory forest, and black bear sightings, while uncommon, are n…
State Park in Frederick

Gathland State Park

This tiny park is a fascinating tribute to a profession that doesn't lend itself to many memorials: that of war correspondents. Civil War correspondent and man of letters George Alfred Townsend fell in love with the…
Museum in Cumberland

Allegany Museum

Set in the old courthouse, this is an intriguing place to delve into Cumberland's past, with exhibits by local folk artist and woodcarver Claude Yoder; an old moonshine still; 1920s firefighting gear; a c 1880 photo…