• Tours & Itineraries

    Mountain Maryland Gateway to the West Heritage Area includes numerous sites and attractions, wonderful picnic spots, charming restaurants and shops, a variety of landscapes, and a generous hospitality. To help you plan your visit to the Heritage Area, use our suggested travel itineraries as a guide. More itineraries will be posted continually, so check back often!

  • 2018 Fall Foliage Tours

    Our 2018 Fall Foliage Tours are sponsored by Ledo Pizza and 1 Real Estate & Humberson Homes. Directions and downloadable version below map.

    Click on the tabs below to view our Short & Extended Fall Foliage Tour Directions or download a PDF to print directions to take with you.

  • Short Fall Foliage Tour

    Approximately 1 hour,  Total Distance: 33 miles - Download a printable version.

    Directions:

    • Start at the Garrett County Visitors Center at 15 Visitors Center Drive, McHenry, MD 21541.
    • Turn right onto US-219 South
      • You will pass by #17 County Fair Barn Quilt at the Garrett County Fairgrounds
    • Turn left onto Rock Lodge Rd
    • Sharp right onto State Park Rd
      • Continue to the Deep Creek Lake State Park & Discovery Center.  Enjoy hands-on exhibits, aviary and beach.
    • Head northwest toward State Park Rd
    • Turn left toward State Park Rd
    • Turn right onto State Park Rd
    • Continue straight onto Tooth Pick Rd
    • Turn left onto Glendale Rd
    • Slight left onto MD-495 N
    • Turn right onto New Germany Rd
    • Turn left onto Frank Brenneman Rd
      • Meadow Mountain Trail - Enjoy hiking & biking along this great trail, complete with historic information panels and overlook.
    • Head northwest on Frank Brenneman Rd
    • Turn left onto Brenneman Rd
    • Continue onto Legeer Rd
    • Slight right onto Foxtown Rd
    • Turn left onto Bowman Hill Rd
    • Turn left at Rabbit Hollow Rd
    • Continue onto Fish Hatchery Rd
    • Turn left to stay on Fish Hatchery Rd
    • Turn left at Bear Creek Rd
    • Continue onto Bear Creek Rd
    • Turn right onto US-219 S
      • Visit the quaint town of Accident, enjoying local history at the James Drane House - (interior tour requires prior appointment), goat cheese making, bakery and eateries.
    • After traveling through Accident, you will pass #1 Lemoyne Star Barn Quilt on the right (Rt. 219)
    • Head southeast on US-219 S toward Deep Creek Dr
    • Turn right onto Visitors Center Dr
    • Return to the Garrett County Visitors Center parking area on your left.

    Extended Fall Foliage Tour

    Approximately 1 hour, 30 minutes, Total Distance: 56 miles - Download a printable version.

    Directions:

    • Start at the Garrett County Visitors Center at 15 Visitors Center Drive, McHenry, MD 21541
    • Turn right onto US-219 S
    • Turn right onto Lake Shore Dr
    • Slight right onto Bray School Rd
    • Turn left onto Oakland Sang Run Rd
      • You will pass by #39 Friendship Star Barn Quilt
    • Continue onto N Bradley Ln
    • Turn left onto W Center St
    • Turn right at the 1st cross street onto N Bartlett St
    • Turn left onto E Liberty St
      • Visit the historic town of Oakland - three museums, art galleries, farmer’s market (on Wednesdays & Saturdays), quaint shops, and eateries.
    • Head southeast on E Liberty St toward S 2nd St
    • Turn right onto S 2nd St
    • Turn left onto E Alder St
    • Turn right at the stoplight onto S 3rd St (Rt. 219)
    • Continue straight to stay on S 3rd St
    • Continue onto Underwood Rd
    • Turn left to stay on Underwood Rd
      • You will pass #26 Goose Tracks Barn Quilt
    • Turn left onto Mansfield Rd
    • Turn right onto US-219 S
    • Head southwest on US-219 S toward US-50 E
    • Turn left at the 1st cross street onto US-50 E
    • Turn left onto MD-560 N
      • You will pass #36 Maple & Cows Barn Quilt
    • Continue north on MD-560 N toward Allen Marple Dr
    • At the stop sign, turn right onto Paul St
    • Cross the railroad tracks and turn left onto MD-135 W at the stoplight.
    • Turn right onto G St
    • Slight right onto Deer Park Ave
    • Continue onto Broadford Rd
    • Turn left onto Kings Run Rd
    • Turn right onto US-219 N
    • Turn left into the McHenry Plaza
    • Turn left onto Visitors Center Drive returning to the Garrett County Visitors Center.
  • If you are interested in bringing a group to our Heritage Area, please contact Jen Durben, Heritage Area & Groups Director, to learn more about our sample itineraries and connect with area attractions, lodging and restaurants to plan your group tour.


  • On the Friendsville Interactive History Walking Tour tour you will discover 18 sign markers that explore many of the colorful characters, events and places  that helped shape the town. You will learn about the early Native American history, the history of the railroad, logging, mining, and the schools, businesses and people that thrived and made their mark here. In addition, the tour has a connected “living history” website where you can hear the stories of the town and people and what life was like in days
    gone by.

    Click to download a PDF of the Interactive History Tour.


  • Scenic Byways

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    Maryland’s 18 designated byways encompass 2,487 miles of beautiful roads and offer a taste of Maryland’s scenic beauty, history and culture. Take the roads less traveled - including a byway featuring a nationally significant theme: the Historic National Road.

    If you’re planning a trip, try Maryland’s interactive tour map. You’ll find great suggestions for scenic or historic driving tours, Maryland Heritage areas, historic districts, parks, and other cultural and recreational destinations. Don’t forget that most scenic byways are also perfect for exploring by bicycle. You’ll find maps and safety information for bicycle-friendly routes here.