Western Maryland Region is made up of Allegany, Garrett, and Washington Counties.
Visitors can climb Maryland's highest mountain, swim in numerous lakes, hike the Appalachian Trail, brave whitewater rapids or enjoy all kinds of winter sports from skiing to ice fishing. The three counties of Western Maryland, where fall foliage arrives first and winter usually stays the longest, were Maryland's last frontier.
One of the most important events in Western Maryland in the early 1800s was the opening of the National Road, the first highway built with federal funds. Later, the Baltimore & Ohio Railroad and the Chesapeake & Ohio Canal carried passengers to and from the western states.
This part of the state is in the Appalachian Mountain region, where apples, peaches, maple syrup, honey and lumber are abundant.