Stretching across three states, Maryland, Pennsylvania, and West Virginia, the I-68 Regional Alliance shows the brilliance of every season. From ice fishing to water skiing, bike trails to snowshoeing, the region showcases the very best of outdoor recreation.
Snaking through the Appalachian Mountain Range, the I-68 region is home to:
- over 300,000 acres of public land
- nearly 1,100 miles of developed and maintained biking and hiking trails
- 17 State Parks, 7 State Forests, and 2 National Parks
- and 43 public waterways like lakes, rivers, streams, and waterfalls.
These attractions are open year-round and are ideal for outdoor fun or family trips.
The melting snow of spring gives way to new outdoor adventure. Take in the fresh, spring air by exploring the region’s well-maintained hiking trails.
If you’re looking for something less mainstream, the I-68 region has abundant river and lake fishing opportunities. Grab your pole and head out to one of our many public streams, rivers, lakes, or canals at dusk for the most nibbles. If exploring the mountains via ATV is more your style, Allegany, Garrett and Somerset Counties have off-road vehicle trails and parks that are worth visiting. Our rural location provides a peaceful place for you to relax and recharge.
Waterways and woodlands are nestled throughout the I-68 region, offering endless summer entertainment. Each county has easy-going water activities like canoeing, fishing, sailing, swimming, and more action-packed aquatic adventures like motorboating and kayaking.
If you prefer to keep your feet on solid ground, each county also has developed road cycling paths that wind you through beautiful mountains, historic covered bridges, and adorable small towns. Take the bike off-road for some magnificent mountain biking opportunities.
And after your long day of outdoor exhilaration, kick your feet up by a campfire at one of the many camping and glamping sites scattered across the region. From picturesque campgrounds to quirky yurts to cabins at Barnum Whitewater Area, a night under the stars is the perfect way to spend your summer.
Autumn brings chilly weather and stunning fall foliage. Take in the exceptionally breathtaking changing leaves through the 1,090 miles of hiking trails across all five counties. Popular trails include the C&O Canal, Savage River Lodge Trails, Old PA Turnpike Trail, Laurel Highlands Hiking Trail, and Larenim Park Loop. If you’re looking for amazing views, visit the overlooks at Jennings Randolph Lake in Mineral County.
The fall temperatures also provide the best opportunities for sourcing your own food; foraging for mushrooms, berries, herbs, and other wild edibles is a pastime available in Allegany, Garrett, Mineral and Somerset Counties. And while each season offers hunting opportunities, the five counties of the I-68 region provide particularly sensational fall hunting experiences for all. The mountains and valleys offer ideal hunting spots for game of any size. With 229,605 acres of public land encompassed within 25 state forests and parks, there are plenty of permitted hunting and trapping locations.
Play in the snow at one of the multiple winter resorts in Bedford, Garrett, or Somerset Counties. Hit the slopes for skiing, snowboarding, and snow tubing. For winter wonderland adventures off the beaten path, give ice fishing, cross country skiing, snowmobiling, or snowshoeing a shot! Explore the fresh winter snow at your own pace, or cozy up in the lodge and enjoy the views of the snow-covered mountain peaks.
Connect with I-68 Regional Alliance Tourism partners to begin planning your next adventure in our 5-county corridor.
Garrett County Chamber of Commerce