• Tours & Itineraries

  • 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 NEW 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.

  • Fall Foliage, Groups, and Scenic Byways

    Fall Foliage along the Mountain Maryland Scenic BywayMountain 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!

    Our Fall Foliage Tours are sponsored by Noonan and Noonan, Inc. and Ledo Pizza

    2016 Fall Foliage Driving Tours

    2016 Fall Foliage Heritage Short Tour Driving Directions

    • Start at the Garrett County Visitors Center at 15 Visitors Center Drive, McHenry, MD 21541.
    • Turn left onto Garrett Highway (US-219, South) and then turn left onto Sang Run Road for 0.5 mile.
    • Turn left onto Hoyes Run Road and travel approximately 3 miles.
    • Turn left onto Oakland Sang Run Road and travel approximately 2 miles.
    • Turn right onto Swallow Falls Road and travel 2.5 miles, continuing onto Herrington Manor Road for 4.5 miles.
    • Continue onto W. Liberty St approximately .284 mile to the Fort Alice Trail.
      • Hike the Fort Alice Trail, visiting the former site of the 88 Bridge.
    • Continue on W. Liberty Street and turn left onto Bradley Lane, continuing on W. Center Street for approximately .5 mile.
    • Turn right onto S. 3rd Street (Rt.219). Noonan and Noonan, LLC will be on your left just across from City Hall.
    • Continue on S. 3rd Street (Rt. 219) and travel approximately 0.5 mile.
    • Turn left onto E. Oak St (Rt. 219) and travel 0.5 mile.
    • Continue onto MD-135 E and travel approximately 1 mile.
    • Turn right onto G St in Mountain Lake Park.
      • Visit the historic Mountain Lake Park ticket office, in front of the former amphitheater.
    • Turn back onto G St, heading towards MD-135. Continue through the intersection and take the slight right onto Deer Park Avenue, traveling 0.25 mile.
    • Turn right onto Pittsburgh Ave and head towards Broadford Lake Park (Recreation Lane).
      • Broadford Park features picnic areas, swimming, fishing and playgrounds.
    • Head back towards Deer Park Avenue, turning right. Continue onto Broadford Road for approximately 2.5 miles.
    • Turn left onto Kings Run Road and travel 1.8 miles.
    • Turn right onto US-219 and travel approximately 1 mile.
    • Turn left onto Foster Road and travel 2 miles.
    • Turn right onto Bray School Road, then a slight left onto Lake Shore Drive, traveling 3.66 miles.
    • Turn left onto US-219 N and travel approximately 0.8 mile.
    • Turn left onto Deep Creek Drive for approximately 1.5 miles.
    • Turn right into the McHenry Plaza, Ledo Pizza will be on your left.
    • Turn left onto US-219 North and travel less than 0.5 mile.
    • Turn left on Visitors Center Drive, the Visitors Center will be on your left.

    2016 Fall Foliage Heritage Extended Tour Driving Directions

    • Start at the Garrett County Visitors Center at 15 Visitors Center Drive, McHenry, MD 21541.
    • Turn left onto Garrett Highway (US-219, South) for approximately 12 miles.
    • Merge onto I-68 E and take exit 19 for MD-495.
    • At the top of the ramp, turn left onto MD-495 N.
    • At the intersection turn right onto Main St/National Pike. Along Rt.40 (The Historic National Road) you can see these historic attractions and structures:
      • Grantsville Museum (hours vary, check in advance)
      • Historic Casselman Inn
      • Casselman River Bridge
      • Spruce Forest Artisan Village, Stanton’s Mill and more.
      • Tomlinson Inn
    • Continue on US-40 ALT and travel approximately 8.42 miles.
    • Turn right onto Avilton Lonaconing Rd and travel approximately 3 miles, turning right to stay on Avilton Lonacoaning Road. Travel .367 miles and the turn left to stay on Avilton Lonacoaning Road, traveling another 2 miles.
    • Turn left onto Frostburg Rd and travel and then turn left toward Mt Aetna Rd, traveling approximately 0.5 mile to the Mt. Aetna Trail System. Enjoy a beautiful fall hike on both public and private lands.
    • Head back to east on Mt Aetna Rd and to Avilton Lonaconing Rd.
    • Turn left onto Blue Lick Road, traveling 2 miles.
    • Turn left onto Lower New Germany Rd, traveling 1.5 miles.
    • Turn right onto Twin Churches Rd, traveling 1.39 miles and then left onto New Germany Rd, traveling just under one mile to the New Germany State Park. Beautiful trails and lake offer fun recreation for the family.
    • Continue on New Germany Road for approximately 7.5 miles.
    • Turn left onto MD-495 S and then a slight right onto Glendale Road, traveling approximately 5 miles.
    • Turn right onto US-219 N and travel approximately 5 miles.
    • Turn left onto Visitors Center Drive returning to the Garrett County Visitors Center.
  • Scenic Byways


    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.