Washington County

Washington County, in the western part of Maryland, is located in the Appalachian Mountains. The Ridge-and-Valley section of the mountains is in the western part of the county, and South Mountain is on the eastern border. In between is a large broad valley.  Public lands in Washington County include the C&O Canal National Historic Park, Antietam National Battlefield, Greenbrier State Park, South Mountain Recreation Area, and several large state hunting areas.

Washington County has 277+ species reported on eBird. For the county eBird checklist, eBird hotspots, and more, click here.

View a comparison of Maryland counties based on total number of species reported on eBird.

Washington County is bordered by Pennsylvania to the north; West Virginia and Virginia to the south; Allegany County, MD, to the west; and Frederick County, MD, to the east. The Potomac River forms the southern border with Virginia and West Virginia. The county seat is the town of Hagerstown, located in the northeastern part of the county. Another large town, Hancock, is located in the western part of the county.

I-68 and I-70 run east-west through Washington County, forming the main highway corridor.

To view the State Highway Administration’s printable road map of Washington County (PDF format), please click here.

The local chapter of the Maryland Ornithological Society is the Washington County Bird Club.

Explore birding sites in Washington County by choosing from the list below.