Pennsylvania’s Maple City
Meyersdale sticks its reputation on being the center of the state’s maple syrup production, with taps in backyards, farms, and woodlands for miles around. Its famous Pennsylvania Maple Festival runs for two weeks each March, and includes tours of Maple Manor, the crowning of the Maple Queen, a demonstration of syrup production at the Sugar Shack and Sugar Camp, an agricultural fair, a parade, and stacks of pancakes.
In town, several magnificent B&B’s, guesthouses, and a boutique inn await hikers and cyclists, and family restaurants, a drugstore, and a pizzeria serve up hearty meals. The Maple Festival Campground is open seasonally for those on a budget.
The Meyersdale Area Historical Society houses a museum focused on the heritage of the area, specifically, the railroad, coal, and lumber industries. Friendly staff, a gorgeous model train setup, souvenirs, and snacks are available inside. A caboose newly painted in Western Maryland Railway colors is parked outside, next to bike parking and picnic tables.
For GAP travelers, Meyersdale is an ideal location. The 909-foot Keystone Viaduct curves over Flaughtery Creek east of town, and the 1,908-foot Salisbury Viaduct soars above the Casselman River to the west. The decorative iron Bollman Bridge and the 3,294-foot Big Savage Tunnel — longest tunnel on the Great Allegheny Passage — are a short ride away, as well. The Eastern Continental Divide is the GAP’s high point, at 2,392 feet above sea level, and is a great photo opportunity for day riders or thru-trippers.
Local Events and Activities
The annual Somerset County Fair takes place in Meyersdale, and includes all kinds of contests, yummy food, vintage machinery, and great music.
Parking and Trail Access
Ample parking is available at the paved lot next to the Meyersdale Area Historical Society‘s museum adjacent to the GAP on Main Street.