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Sideling Hill Cut of I-68

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At Hancock, Interstate 70 heads north from Maryland into Pennsylvania. U.S. 40 and I-68 continue westward, following the route of the National Road to Cumberland and beyond. A huge cut through the mountain now marks the route of Interstate 68 west of Hancock.

The National Road was the first federally funded highway in the U.S., authorized in 1806. Towns in Washington County celebrate the National Pike Festival in May. Towns along the pike have events featuring Conestoga wagons, buggies, mules, and horses. For information, contact the Washington County Tourism Office at 301-791-3130.

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Maryland Dept. of Natural Resources
14038 Blairs Valley Road
Clear Spring MD 21722