Now’s the time to plan a scenic drive west from Cumberland along Route 40 out to Keysers Ridge, then south along 219 through McHenry and Thayerville, in the vicinity of Deep Creek Lake State Park. While in the Oakland area, you might want to break for lunch in Herrington Manor State Park, Swallow Falls State Park, or the Potomac-Garrett State Forest, or continue south toward Backbone Mountain. From Oakland, turn east along Route 135 and plan an afternoon in Savage River State Forest. Particular points of interest in this area are the Big Run State Park or further north, the Monroe Run Vista off of New Germany Road near New Germany State Park. These spots are guaranteed to delight foliage fanatics over the next several weeks. After crossing back into Allegany County, turn north on 220 near McCoole, wind through Dans Mountain Wildlife Management Area, and head back toward Cumberland. You can always turn off onto a quiet country road and surprise yourself with more breathtaking, unspoiled panoramas. Maryland Fall Foliage Report for the first full week of October
Maryland Fall Foliage Report for the first full week of October
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