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Dec 11, 2021

Frostburg, often referred to as Mountain City, is a charming little town tucked in Allegany County, Western Maryland. The town is home to Frostburg State University and has a lively variety of student-oriented pubs. Frostburg has a slow, but rich history. Being one of the primary coach stops along the historic National Road, the town is built centered along Route 40 and is truly a Main Street community. The town is positioned in the Appalachian mountains, and its best attraction is its natural surroundings. From the center of town, once can take in a gorgeous, panoramic view of the surroundings mountains. Because of this natural setting, a wide range of outdoor, recreational activities are easily within reach. Frostburg is one of the primary stops along the Rails to Trails cycle path which connects Pittsburgh and Washington, D.C. Garrett County is just minutes away by car and is the least-densely populated region in Maryland, offering excellent opportunities for hiking, cycling, mountain-biking, kayaking, white-water rafting, skiing, and many other outdoor pursuits.

Frostburg itself can seem a sleepy town at times, especially when the university isn’t in session. Yet the newly designated “Arts and Entertainment District” has spurred local growth, and an afternoon strolling the downtown area offers its relaxing charms. From the historic diner to the indie bookstore and art collective, Frostburg is probably the finest destination in Western Maryland for those wanting a slow-paced escape in a natural setting.

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  • Baltimore – Approximate travel time three hours. Interstate 70 West to Interstate 68 West, Exit 33 or Exit 34.
  • Washington, D.C. – Approximate travel time three hours. Interstate 270 North to Interstate 70 West to Interstate 68 West, Exit 33 or Exit 34.
  • Harrisburg – Approximate travel time three hours. Interstate 81 South to Interstate 70 West to Interstate 68 West, Exit 33 or Exit 34.
  • Pittsburgh – Approximate travel time two hours. Interstate 79 South to Interstate 68 East, Exit 33 or Exit 34.
  • Morgantown – Approximate travel time one hour. Interstate 68 East, Exit 33 or Exit 34.

A car is best, but the town itself is small enough to get to most places by walking, typically within 20-60 min. There is also a public shuttle running 3 times an hour around the university campus during the day, switching to once an hour connecting campus to the stores in La Vale in the afternoons & evenings.

  • Dan’s Rock (Take MD-36 and go south of I-68 for 4 miles before seeing the signs). Very popular Dan’s Rock has probably the best mountain view in Maryland. You can drive right up Old Dan’s Rock Rd almost all the way to the summit, leaving about 50 feet of rock scramble to the very top. 
  • The Old Depot. Depot Street Abandoned in 1973, this lovely historic train station was renovated and reopened later and now houses a nice restaurant and some shops which welcome the passengers arriving on the Western Maryland Scenic Railroad steam passenger train and anyone else who happens by. Also, home to the Thrasher Carriage Museum. 
  • The Palace Theatre, 33 E. Main Street. Once a nickelodeon, this was a theater where the public was able to view short films for a nickel. This once abandoned theatre has been restored and now hosts a variety of concerts and independent film screenings. However, film screenings are typically only shown once a month. The selection is also sometimes hit-and-miss. Screenings sometimes sell out. 
  • Noah’s Ark Being Rebuilt Here (Along the National Freeway (Route 68)). An icon of religious obsession, this undertaking has mostly been abandoned due to the controversial leader who commissioned its construction. Interesting to drive past, but not much of an attraction. 

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