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4 Places to Explore Along the C&O Canal

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Take a Micro-Adventure and Explore Montgomery County, Maryland’s Wide-Open Spaces
There is no shortage of ways to safely discover new places in Montgomery County, Maryland. Explore scenic byways, wineries, breweries, historic sites, and the county’s 93,000-acre Agricultural Reserve. View the wonders of Maryland’s Great Falls on the Potomac River, hike Sugarloaf Mountain, explore the C&O Canal National Historical Park, or spend the day at Brookside Gardens. Indulge in local dining and shopping along our main streets and downtowns. If you’re looking to plan a weekend getaway for the spring, these micro-weekend getaway itineraries are sure to inspire you to visit when the time is right for you. Maryland.


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Frederick County is a must do stop along your journey. The canal towns of Point of Rocks and Brunswick will delight the whole family with farm fresh ice cream, locally brewed beer, and prime locations for train spotting. Throughout the countryside you'll find a wide variety of hiking and biking trails at national and state parks, perfect for a detour. Make your way to one of the area's quaint and walkable main street communities lined with boutique shops and trendy restaurants. Sip in the view at dozens of wineries or explore the rich history of Frederick by visiting a civil war battlefield, museum, or historic


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Spend a little time off the towpath! Venture into one of our three Canal Towns: Hancock, Sharpsburg, and Williamsport. Each town offers its local flavor of history, shopping and excellent eateries. Stop at Buddy Lous’s Eats, Drinks & Antiques for a delicious meal on their deck. Try the Boatman’s Bean Soup at Desert Rose Café in Williamsport, tour Antietam National Battlefield in Sharpsburg.

Head into Hagerstown for some culinary and cultural offerings. The Hagerstown Cultural Trail connects two of our city’s most popular destinations - the historic downtown Arts & Entertainment District and Maryland Theatre with City Park and the Museum of Fine Arts. With public art experiences, gathering spaces, and other amenities along the way, the Trail is a destination for visitors.


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Get outdoors and explore! Allegany County, the Mountain Side of Maryland, is an outdoor enthusiast’s dream. Drive Green Ridge State Forest’s self-guided tours, which will lead you to beautiful scenic overlooks, or explore the waters of the Potomac River and Lake Habeeb on a kayak. Hike the beauty of Mother Nature at Rocky Gap State Park or take to the many trails that lend themselves to mountain biking. The 150-mile Great Allegheny Passage soars over valleys, snakes around mountains, and skirts alongside three rivers on its nearly level path. One of the biggest appeals is the ability to travel for 333 continuous miles all the way from Pittsburgh to Washington, DC, when combining the GAP trail with the C&O Canal Towpath in Cumberland. With so many adventures, it’s no wonder why the mountains of Allegany County beckon travelers and adventurers to a getaway worth exploring.