Early Fall in Western Maryland © Javcon117
Western Maryland is a haven for outdoor enthusiasts
in every season, with beautiful scenery, thousands of acres of
parkland, lakes for swimming, fly-fishing and boating, winter
skiing and white-water rafting.
Visitors can climb the state's highest mountain, hike
part of the famous Appalachian Trail, or cycle and hike along the
popular Chesapeake and Ohio Canal, which once served as a towpath
for mule-drawn barges between Washington DC and Cumberland.
The state's largest freshwater lake, Deep Creek Lake,
is the hub of outdoor recreation in Garrett County, with a variety
of water sports, golf, and skiing. Apart from outdoor recreation
and fantastic scenery, there are a number of quaint small
These include Cumberland, Frostville, and Lavale,
which offer restaurants, antique shops, and bookstores in addition
to their charm. The haunting plaques of the Civil War battlefield
at Antietam are another popular Western Maryland attraction, and a
must-see for Civil War history buffs.