CUMBERLAND – Cumberland was selected as a finalist for Blue Ridge Outdoors Magazine’s 11th Annual Top Adventure Town Showdown.
The magazine recently published the list of finalists with Cumberland among six cities that were named “Top Adventure Town” in the medium-sized cities category.
The competition started three weeks ago with 100 finalists selected by the Blue Ridge Outdoors team. The cities come from the mountainous regions of the mid-Atlantic and southern United States.
The publication goes into the third and final round of the public vote, with Monday being the last day on which the vote takes place. Finalists will be judged on a vibrant outdoor scene, active lifestyle, and access to amazing adventure.
Readers began voting over a period of three weeks and selected the best outdoor city in four categories: large city (residents 75,001 or more), medium-sized town (16,001 to 75,000), small town (3,001 to 16,000) and small town (fewer inhabitants) than 3,000). The four winning cities will be featured in the November issue of Blue Ridge Outdoors Magazine, according to a press release from the magazine.
“One thing that makes Allegany County, Maryland a travel destination, is our access to nature and outdoor recreation,” said Ashli Workman, tourism director for Allegany County. “It has proven to be very sustainable during the pandemic and continues to offer numerous opportunities to increase visitor numbers and raise awareness of the destination.”
Allegany County has nearly 70,000 acres of public land. Rocky Gap State Park and Green Ridge State Forest offer plenty of opportunities for hiking, biking, kayaking, canoeing, fishing, and a prime location for simply enjoying the great outdoors.
In 2021, the C&O Canal Towpath and Great Allegheny Passage were recognized as one of the Top 10 Hiking Trails in North America for Promoting Outdoor Recreational Travel.
“Access to nature has become extremely important to people over the past 18 months, and we are fortunate to have so many cities in Blue Ridge with an abundance of recreational opportunities,” said the magazine’s editor-in-chief Jedd Ferris. “We look forward to our readers helping us again to focus on the best adventure destinations in the region.”
To vote, visit: http://contests.blueridgeoutdoors.com.