Interstate 68 spans 112.6 miles, which connects Morgantown in West Virginia to Hancock in Maryland, across the Appalachian Mountains. There are 38 exits off I-68, comprising hundreds of attractions out of which, few are absolutely breathtaking. The highway mainly spans rural areas and crosses numerous mountain ridges along its route. So, sit tight in your automobile, get your cameras all-set and enjoy your scenic road trip!!
Out of those 38 exits, I am listing here the top 5 exits along with their top attractions, which you must see while you are crossing the scenic I-68.
EXIT 82A : Hancock, Berkeley Springs and Winchester
The Sideling Hill Road Cut (I-68 and US-40, Maryland):
It is one of the best rock exposures in the Northeastern United States!! About 10 million tons of rock were cut out of Sideling Hill which was crushed and used to make the road leading to the cut. A highway rest stop, located near the eastern side of the Sideling Hill Road Cut on Interstate 68 west of Hancock, includes a pedestrian bridge crossing I-68, connecting the Eastbound and Westbound rest areas and offering views of the cut, in which stopping is prohibited.
Hancock Antique Mall, Flea Market & Rocky Ridge Collectibles:
Visit and enjoy Maryland’s Large Antique Malls. They have a very large selection of antiques, crafts and flea market items. They have something for everyone!! Go visit and find a treasure for yourself or your family. Believe me – you can get the best of antiques and flea market world!!
EXIT 43C : Cumberland Downtown
What makes the city of Cumberland a gem is its historic downtown. Cumberland is a town filled with history and lots of charm. Recently CNN Fortune and Money Magazines named Cumberland as one of the Top 10 Most Affordable Small Cities!! Visit Cumberland, Maryland and explore all that the city has to offer which includes one of the America’s most visited national park – The C & O Canal National Park, biking on the Great Allegheny Passage, hiking on the endless mountains, just to name a few.
EXIT 34 & 33 : Frostburg, Maryland
You can see a special coal mining exhibit at the Frostburg Museum. From the 1840’s to the early 1920’s mining was the principal industry in the Frostburg area. Moreover, if you are traveling on a Friday, do visit The Farmer’s Market at City Place; They have this event scheduled on every Friday.
EXIT 14A : Deep Creek Lake, Maryland
Take my words, visiting here will be one of your best relaxing trip ever!! It is the largest lake in the state spreading all over 3,900 acres. The mountain and lakes together offer a lot of things to do; right from just sitting and relaxing to hiking, bicycling, picnicking, boating, fishing, camping, swimming, and horseback riding.
EXIT 10 : Cheat Lake, West Virginia
Visit the West Virginia Geological Survey Museum located at the Mont Chateau Research Center, Cheat Lake and journey to the history of the rich wildlife. Showcasing the rich and varied story of West Virginia’s geology, it attracts many visitors to explore the West Virginia’s rich geological history.
EXIT 1 : Seneca Center, Morgantown, West Virginia
The historic Seneca Center – 100-year-old former Seneca Glass Factory historical displays and a distinctive center for enjoyable shopping. Constructed in 1898, the center features authentic glass manufacturing tools and murals of the glass making process. The towering 100-foot glass furnace chimney still stands on the property.