Western Maryland is the portion of the U.S. state of Maryland that traditionally consists of Washington, Allegany, and Garrett counties, with western portions of Frederick County also associated with the area. The region is bounded by the Mason-Dixon line to the north, Preston County, West Virginia to the west, and the Potomac River to the south. There is dispute over the eastern boundary of Western Maryland. For most residents of the Baltimore-Washington area, everything west of Frederick city is considered Western Maryland. However, the people of the more mountainous and isolated Allegany County and Garrett County consider Sideling Hill the boundary between Western Maryland and what they refer to as "down-state." Western Maryland is much more rural than the Baltimore-Washington Metropolitan Area, where most of the state's population lives; even Frederick and Washington counties are less urbanized than places closer to Washington, D.C., and Baltimore. There are relatively few towns larger than 10,000 people. Western Maryland is noted for its idyllic rural landscapes in its eastern portion and the mountainous terrain. The area is generally regarded as part of Appalachia, with the extreme western section having more of an affinity to Pittsburgh than the rest of the state. Washington, Allegany, and Garrett counties are part of the Appalachian Regional Commission. Garrett County, the state's westernmost county, largely aligns itself through marketing and sports with West Virginia and the Pittsburgh area rather than Maryland. The four most western counties of Maryland, from eastern Frederick County to western Garrett County, span approximately 120 miles (190 km).
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A forty-minute guided tour through brilliantly lighted chambers features the history, formations and geological aspects of the caverns.The Crystal Grottoes Caverns were founded in 1920 when the State Roads Commission was quarrying for limestone to build up and pave State Route 34. After successfully quarrying back a cliff that was 35 to 55 feet high and 150 feet deep, an unusual event occurred. The next time they started to drill, they lost their drill bits in the cave. Later, when dynamite was detonated in the drill holes, the first entrance was produced.
Rocky Gap State Park is located in Western Maryland’s Allegany County. The park encompasses over 3,000 acres of public land for visitors to enjoy. Rugged mountains surround the park, featuring 243-acre Lake Habeeb. The lake is fed by Rocky Gap Run, which winds its way through an impressive mile-long gorge, displaying sheer cliffs, overlooks and a hemlock forest dense with rhododendron and mountain laurel. Overlooking the lake is Evitt’s Mountain, named for one of the first European settlers in Allegany County. Rocky Gap State Park's visitor facility is located in the Day Use Area and was designed with a nod to an architectural style known as "Parkitecture," the rustic nature inspired structure blends beautifully with the surrounding landscape. The facility is made up of three buildings connected by covered walkways. The snack bar area has panoramic windows overlooking the lake as well as indoor and outdoor seating. Hot and cold menu items are available throughout the summer season, including hand dipped ice cream! The center building is home to a Ranger Station. Finally, the third building is a spacious Men’s and Women’s Bathhouse which has fully accessible toilet, shower and changing room areas.
The mission of the Adventuresports Institute® is to expand opportunities to experience the manifold benefits of safe participation in adventure recreation; to educate and credential a workforce of skilled and environmentally sensitive professionals who can occupy positions of responsibility within the field of adventure recreation; and to support aspirations for economic development through the adventure industry. Officially founded in May, 1992, the Adventuresports Institute® (ASI), a wholly owned operation of Garrett College, is the result of efforts that extend back to the mid-1980's as Western Maryland's Allegany and Garrett counties hosted the 1989 Whitewater World Championships and as Garrett College, as a community service, undertook the organization of the 1992 Olympic Team Trials in Whitewater Canoe and Kayak racing. During those days it was realized, by various public and private sector enterprises, that this area's natural gifts of a distinctive four-season climate and a diverse geology were especially supportive of adventure recreation activities. In response to meeting the needs of a local, regional, and national clientele, ASI was initiated.
Rafting on the world's only mountaintop whitewater river -- a perfect gateway to the world of Adventure. ASCI specializes in family friendly guided raft trips, and offers world class kayak instruction and guided climbing on natural rocks .
The Paw Paw Tunnel Campground is a National Park Service site located at the popular tunnel trailhead. Hikers, mountain bikers, and campers all share the large gravel parking lot. The campground is virtually a large open field with hardwoods circling the mowed field. Several large trees provide a broken canopy of shade in the center area. The sites are primitive in nature with port-a-johns, picnic tables, cooking grills, and fire rings. NPS provides small trash bags for this carry-in, carry-out site. At the far end of the camping area, a closed but well-maintained tunnel master's house dominates the view. At the center of the site, a wide break leads down to a cartop boat launch spilling into the mild waters of the Potomac. Hand pump well water is found along side the other limited facilities. In general, the area offers a peaceful overnight spot with plenty of soft grass on which to pitch a tent, spread a tarp and enjoy an evening campfire. The site is an honor pay site.Visit Paw Paw Tunnel Campground
Amenities and facilities are few in primitive campgrounds such as Opequon Junction Campground. Natural attractiveness surrounds this primitive campground, and following you arrive at this primitive campground you will realize it was well worth the effort getting here. Such a pleasant pick of attractions and such a pleasant variety of outdoors recreation are magnificent causes to come. Lots of folks stay here so they can go to Appalachian National Scenic Trail. When you go for a weekend of camping at a primitive campground like this one you're beyond doubt camping. Opequon Junction Campground is a very popular campground with the folks of Falling Waters. There's lots of outdoors recreation available in the neighborhood such as whitewater paddling, playing golf, and hiking, so you won’t run out of things to do. If you are in Maryland throughout camping season, you must go camping. There's no way to run out of exciting things to do in close proximity to Opequon Junction Campground; when you get to enjoy this place for a while you will feel completely regenerated. Opequon Junction Campground is in the vicinity of Sky Meadows State Park which is a charming place.Visit Opequon Junction Campground
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