Youghiogheny River Lake, Garrett County, Md. and Fayette County, Pa.

Distance from Baltimore: 180 miles, three hours' drive Why it's worth the gas: Boaters and fishermen find much to enjoy in this 16-mile lake spanning the Mason-Dixon Line. You can find ideal spots for fishing for walleye, smallmouth bass and trout yet still have plenty of room for power boating and water-skiing. The mountains-and-valleys setting also supports hunting, camping, hiking, bicycling, picnicking, leaf peeping, rafting and canoeing. Don't miss: If you bike, take a scenic ride through the Youghiogheny River Hiking-Biking Trail South. A trip from Confluence, Pa., to Ohiopyle State Park, offers sounds and scenes of waterfalls, river rapids and wildlife. Information: Youghiogheny River Lake, 497 Flanigan Road, Confluence, Pa., 15424; 814-395-3166 or
Jerry Jackson, Baltimore Sun
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