Maryland Crab & Oyster Trail: Western Maryland

The aroma of Chesapeake spice permeates the mountains of Maryland too.

Photo By: Clark Vandergrift

Western Maryland
Miles of mountains with crab and oyster restaurants along the way

Places along the way

If you are looking to combine a number of signature Maryland experiences together, head west to the mountains for a scenic drive or hike, and end your day with a traditional Maryland crab feast.

Just outside Frostburg and on the Historic National Road, America’s first federally funded highway, Hen House Restaurant is the largest seafood restaurant west of Frederick with seating for 400 people. Live crabs and soft shell crabs are delivered daily in season from Maryland’s Chesapeake Bay. And living up to its name, there is fried chicken too!

Cumberland’s The Crabby Pig at Canal Place transports a little bit of the beach to the mountains. Enjoy their fresh seafood while taking in great views of the Western Maryland Scenic Railroad and C&O Canal.

The National Road brought growth to Hagerstown and the railroads intersecting here provided its nickname, “Hub City.” This railroad town boasts several crab houses. Chic’s Seafood Restaurant, a little place on the corner of Summit Avenue and West Lee Street, can’t be missed due to the distinctive huge crab on the roof. Schula’s Grill and Crab House serves up steamed crabs and oysters several ways—raw, fried, or Rockefeller.

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Swallow Falls State Park near Oakland will treat you to incredible views of mountains plus a 53-foot waterfall.

Photo By: ​Natural Artistry

Looking like it was transported from the shores of the Chesapeake Bay, the Crab Shack at the Stadium Grill and Tavern offers up a variety of fresh seafood including clams, oysters, shrimp, and crabs. Be sure to try their Chesapeake waffle fries and crab bruschetta both loaded with yummy crab goodness!

If you are heading out for a winter wonderland weekend in Western Maryland, you may want to time your trip so you can attend Hagerstown Rotary Club’s Bull and Oyster Roast. Join the locals for fresh shucked and fried oysters, and an all-you-can-eat buffet full of regional favorites. On the flip side of the calendar, you can attend the town’s Classics & Crabs Festival, celebrating all things Maryland.  Feast on steamed crabs, fried chicken, local corn, hush puppies, and Flying Dog Brewery beers at a feast that is the perfect ending and accompaniment to a concert by the Maryland Symphony Orchestra.

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Museums, Festivals, and Events

Maryland serves up a diverse menu of seafood festivals, crab derbies and waterfront attractions. Explore maritime museums to discover what it was like to be a waterman in decades past. Try your hand at tonging or running a trotline, when you spend the day on a watermen’s heritage tour. See the unparalleled majestic beauty of a skipjack or log canoe race, both traditional watermen’s boats. Catch all the Chesapeake has to offer!

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Deep Creek in Western Maryland provides a serene backdrop for fishing.

Maryland Lore

Baltimore was the center of the canning industry in the United States between 1830 and 1880. Chesapeake Bay oysters were one of the main products, and the B&O Railroad through the Appalachian Mountains carried Chesapeake Bay oysters to the Midwest, supporting oyster houses in rural small towns and Chicago.

House of Yoder in the Spruce Forest Artisan Village

Trails in this Region

Antietam Highlands Wine Trail