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Outdoor recreation is one of the most popular reasons people love to come to Hagerstown-Washington County, MD. Maryland's Appalachian Trail is in our county, running North/South. The Chesapeake & Ohio Canal and the Potomac River make up or Southern border. With FIVE National Parks, and EIGHT State Parks, there are an abundance of options for hiking, biking, kayaking, boating, birding, photography or whatever you like to do outdoors.
The area is also known for its rich history. Located in the crossroads of the Civil War, visitors come to see Antietam National Battlefield, which resulted in President Lincoln's issuance of the Preliminary Emancipation Proclamation.
We also have a rich cultural scene. Hagerstown’s Arts & Entertainment District is home to the Maryland Theatre and Performing Arts Complex, offering year-round performances. The Maryland Symphony Orchestra makes it's home at the theatre. The Washington County Museum of Fine Arts, located in scenic Hagerstown City Park, the only accredited museum in Western Maryland. The Cultural Trail connects our A&E District with City Park and the museums.
Visit our quaint towns of Boonsboro, Clear Spring, Funkstown, Hancock, Keedysville, Sharpsburg, Smithsburg, and Williamsport via our Scenic Byways. The journey is the destination, offering country charm, boutique shopping and beautiful wineries and breweries with spectacular vistas.
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