Fun Fact: In Which Counties Will You Find the Highest and Lowest Points in Maryland?

At 3,360 feet above sea level, Hoye-Crest in Garrett County is the highest point in Maryland.

The peak is located 12 miles south of Oakland on Backbone Mountain and was named after Capt. Charles E. Hoye, a World War I veteran whose passion for history and genealogy led to his founding of the Garrett County Historical Society.

Bloody Point Bar Light

The lowest point in Maryland is a depression often referred to as Bloody Point Hole, which sits 174 feet below sea level. The area is approximately 1 mile off the southern tip of Kent Island in Queen Anne’s County.

Unlike Hoye-Crest, no one knows for certain why the area is called Bloody Point, but many theories abound.

Bonus Fun Fact: To access the highest point in Maryland, you will need to start in West Virginia. (The trail to the natural summit begins on logging roads off of Route 219.)

Do you have a fun fact to share about your county? If so, please send it to Allison Valliant to be featured in MACo’s weekly Fun Fact on Conduit Street.

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