Rocky Gap State Park
is a 3,400 acre (13.76 km²) park in Allegany County, Maryland
. It is seven miles (11 km) east of Cumberland
on Interstate 68
(exit 50), and is about a two-hour drive from Washington, D.C.
and Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
. The park includes the man-made Lake Habeeb
, which covers and sports white sand beaches, which is fed by Rocky Gap Run
and Evitts Mountain
, named for the first European settler in Allegany County.
Amenities include the Rocky Gap Resort and Golf Course
, developed in 1998 by the Maryland Economic Development Corporation, an agency created in 1984 that allows the State of Maryland the ability to directly own or develop property for economic development. The Rocky Gap Lodge is located on Lake Habeeb and features a 18-hole Jack Nicklaus
Signature Golf Course. A 220-room lakeside lodge provides conference rooms for meetings and conventions, and a full-service restaurant and lounge overlooks the lake.
In 2009 the state sought proposals to open a 750 slot-machine casino in the park. The only bidder was Empire Resorts
which did not pay the required $4.5 million licensing fee. Empire's contingent bid was based on Maryland altering its 67 percent tax on casinos -- one of the highest in the United States.
Rocky Gap offers a range of year-round recreation such as swimming, camping, fishing, boating and hiking.
Rocky Gap provides a variety of hiking trails, including the four-mile (6 km) Lakeside Trail... Read More