Garrett, Allegany, Washington, and Frederick Counties

Four counties form this region — from west to east: Garrett, Allegany, Washington, and Frederick Counties. The western region is the mountainous part of Maryland, with most of the area covered by the Appalachian Mountain Range Plateau. The highest point is 3,369 feet above sea level. Deep valleys, cut into the plateau by rivers, characterize this heavily forested area. Almost bisected in half by adjoining states is the narrow part of the state, called the Appalachian Ridge-and-Valley, dominated by the Great Valley. The fertile soil here supports orchards and farmland. Elevations in the Ridge-and-Valley section reach almost 2,000 feet. Immediately east is the Blue Ridge region, part of the 1,000-foot-high mountain range that runs from Pennsylvania to Georgia.

According to eBird reports, the four counties in the Western Region account for a total of 331 species out of the 454 species recorded in Maryland as a whole.

Choose a county below to see a list of birding sites in that county.