Washington County Maryland is known for its rich history. Located in the crossroads of the Civil War, it is home to South Mountain State Battlefield, Antietam National Battlefield, and the July 1863 Battle of Hagerstown. Also, Washington County also has a rich cultural scene.
Hagerstown’s Arts & Entertainment District is home to the Maryland Theatre and Performing Arts Complex, offering year-round shows, concerts, and events. The Maryland Symphony Orchestra makes its home at the theatre. The Washington County Museum of Fine Arts, located in scenic Hagerstown City Park, boasts an outstanding permanent collection with an active schedule of exhibitions, concerts, lectures, films, and special events for all ages. The Cultural Trail connects our A&E District with City Park and the museums.
Outdoor recreation is one of the most popular reasons people love to come to Washington County. The majority of Maryland’s Appalachian Trail is in our county, running North/South. The Chesapeake & Ohio Canal and the Potomac River makeup or Southern border. With FIVE National Parks including Antietam National Battlefield & Antietam National Cemetery, Chesapeake and Ohio Canal National Historic Park, Appalachian National Scenic Trail, Harpers Ferry National Historic Park and Potomac Heritage National Scenic Trail, and ten State Parksand Public Lands including Fort Frederick State Park, Gathland State Park, Greenbrier State Park, Indian Springs Wildlife Management Area, Sideling Hill State Park, South Mountain Battlefield, South Mountain State Park, Washington Monument State Park, Western Maryland Rail Trail and Woodmont Natural Resources Area. There is an abundance of options for hiking, biking, kayaking, boating, birding, photography, or whatever you like to do outdoors.
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.