Road trip season is upon us, and there’s never a better time to visit Allegany County, Maryland. When you head out on the road, you can experience more than 60,000 acres of public land, miles and miles of internationally recognized bike trails, and a culinary scene guaranteed to hit the spot as you make the most out of your time in the Mountain Side of Maryland.
Fun in the Sun
Whether you prefer to hike, bike, paddle, or drive, Allegany has an adventure for you.Bring the whole family as your furry companion is more than welcome in this pet-friendly destination.
Hop in the saddle and spend a few days pedaling the Great Allegany Passage. With more than 150 miles of scenic rail trails from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania to Cumberland, Maryland, you’ll cross the Mason Dixon Line, travel through the Borden Tunnel, and stop by historical Cumberland Bone Cave as you take in all this trail has to offer. Come back in the winter and try the trail again as you cross country ski across the landscape. If you’re looking for a longer trip, you can hook up with the C&O Canal Towpath and ride to Washington, D.C.
Next stop is Rocky Gap State Park. Hike through the mountains surrounding the park with views of sheer cliffs, a Hemlock forest, and a picture-perfect waterfall. Rent a canoe, kayak, or paddleboard on Lake Habeeb to cool off. Two of the beaches, half of the campsites, and all of the hiking trails are dog-friendly, which means there is something for everyone.
Take a leisurely drive on the scenic Mountain Maryland roads. Start in historic Cumberland and wind your way through the mountains, making time to stop at Dans Mountain State Park, Lonaconing Iron Furnace, and Lefty Grove Memorial Park. Visit again in the fall as the leaves changes color, highlighting the beauty of the countryside.
Eat. Drink. Relax.
After a long day, stop by Busters Treats for a classic soft-serve treat. Load it up with homemade peanut butter sauce and fresh toppings. Don’t forget something for your favorite furry friend, as this ice cream stand also serves doggie cups with vanilla ice cream and a milk bone. Busters is just one stop along the Allegany County Ice Cream Trail. Spend enough time in the area and you can try them all!
Head to Lorenzo’s Frostburg Bakery for the finest Italian cookies, cakes, pastries, and breads around since 1985. Pick up a homemade peanut butter dog biscuit made with only four ingredients.
Kick back and drink a cold at 1812 Brewery. This farm brewery is located on 190 acres of rolling hills and beside a stream. You’ll find a tap house, barn for events, and outdoor patio with live music and food trucks on the property. Stop by on the first Sunday of every month for the farmer’s, craft, and flea market. Dogs are welcome on the patio.
Locally owned Pet Wants in Frostburg, Maryland,has everything you might need while traveling with your pets., including anti-itch spray, paw wax, and food. All of their products are natural and have no by-products.
At the end of the day, you have your choice of accommodations, from established hotels and charming bed and breakfasts to mountain cabins and secluded campgrounds. No matter where you choose to stay, you will wake up the next morning refreshed and ready to do it all over again.
Maryland. Be Open For It.