Once a prominent coal town, Cumberland is now home to Canal Place, which envelops the terminus of the C&O Canal. The Western Maryland Railroad Station is located here, and scenic trips to nearby Frostburg are popular in the fall as the leaves change. Quaint shopping is available along the few downtown blocks in Cumberland, and the Trestle Walk and Crescent Lawn is a prime local spot for getting a taste of the area. A walkway linking the railway station with the C&O Canal, the walk boasts a park and recreation spot for its visitors.
Berkeley Springs is an historic spa and art-filled town nestled in the West Virginia mountains only 90 minutes from the Washington/Baltimore metro area. It boasts warm mineral springs, world class dining, dozens of unique shops, full-service spas and more than 100 lodging choices from elegant B&B's and historic inns to cabins and resorts. Golf, hiking and swimming share the schedule with year 'round festivals, live music and theater.
A century and a half ago, American promoters dubbed it one of the wonders of the world. Today, there is still a sense of awe as walkers or cyclists finish the last curve of the restored canal towpath and see the gaping mouth of the Paw Paw Tunnel.
The hand-carved tunnel -- largest man-made structure on the historic C&O Canal -- is open to the public year-round. It is located a quarter-mile along the well-maintained towpath from a small park, just across the Potomac River from the railroad town of Paw Paw, Morgan County's westernmost outpost.
Travel back through time aboard the Western Maryland Scenic Railroad with our 1916 Baldwin 2-8-0, Mountain Thunder, or our restored diesel engine. You’ll climb through the spectacular scenery of the Allegheny Mountains. A narrator will be aboard to provide you with information about the scenery, history, and culture along your route. Located less than one hour away in the city of Cumberland.
The historic Potomac Eagle Scenic Railroad is one of America's most beautiful train rides. For three hours enjoy a narrated excursion through a tranquil and pristine mountain valley. View historic farms and lush mountain greenery. Around every curve you are rewarded with the splendor of native wildflowers, evergreens, and mixed hardwoods in an unspoiled countryside environment.
American history from the colonial period to the present can be discovered at Fort Frederick State Park. Our 585 acre park features a unique stone fort that served as Maryland’s frontier defense during the French and Indian War. The Fort's stone wall and two barracks have been restored to their 1758 appearance. Historic exhibits are in the Fort, barracks, CCC Museum and Visitor Center.