MVB Travel Series - Washington County

Washington County is rich in history. It is home to Antietam National Battlefield, one of the most historically significant Civil War sites. The Battle of Antietam was a leading factor in President Lincoln’s decision to issue the Emancipation Proclamation. The county is also the location of the first monument erected in George Washington’s honor, which stands at the top of South Mountain in Washington Monument State Park. Looking to combine history and recreation? Visit Fort Frederick State Park in Big Pool, where you can learn about the fort built in 1756 and then enjoy the park’s campsites, fishing spots, kayaking/canoeing, hiking trails, playground, and picnic area. Step back in time at the C&O Canal in Williamsport, where you can take a boat ride on the canal. The county’s largest city, Hagerstown, is home to City Park, which was voted one of the 10 most beautiful city parks in the United States. The park houses the Jonathan Hager House & Museum – the property of Hagerstown’s founder, the Washington County Museum of Fine Arts, the Hagerstown Railroad Museum, walking trails, and picnic areas. While you are in Hagerstown, be sure to stop by the Pennsylvania Dutch Market for a delicious bite to eat and to browse handcrafted items made by Amish and Mennonite merchants. Another unique place to grab a bite to eat is The Grille at Runways, where you can land your plane on the runway right outside the restaurant. There is also a parking lot for cars, just in case you aren’t flying in. Looking for family-friendly activities? Boonsboro has the Crystal Grottoes Caverns, the only cave with public access in Maryland. How about the view of a great hike without the hike? High Rock is located in Cascade and is accessible by car or by foot if you are walking the Appalachian Trail. The spot offers beautiful views of the Maryland and Pennsylvania countryside. There are countless places to see, so get out there and start exploring!

Places to visit in Washington County

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