Maryland Crab & Oyster Trail: Western Maryland

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

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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