Spring Gap, Maryland


Spring Gap, Maryland
Spring Gap Maryland Post Office.jpg
Spring Gap is located in Maryland
Spring Gap
Location within the State of Maryland
Spring Gap is located in the United States
Spring Gap
Gap (the United States)
Coordinates: 39°33′55″N 78°42′59″W / 39.56528°N 78.71639°W / 39.56528; -78.71639Coordinates: 39°33′55″N 78°42′59″W / 39.56528°N 78.71639°W / 39.56528; -78.71639
Country United States
State Maryland
County Allegany
 • Total0.7 sq mi (1.7 km2)
 • Land0.7 sq mi (1.7 km2)
 • Water0 sq mi (0 km2)
641 ft (195 m)
 • Total55
 • Density85/sq mi (32.8/km2)
Time zoneUTC−5 (Eastern (EST))
 • Summer (DST)UTC−4 (EDT)
ZIP codes
FIPS code24-74350
GNIS feature ID2583690

Spring Gap is an unincorporated community and census-designated place (CDP) in Allegany County, Maryland, United States. As of the 2010 census it had a population of 55.[1]

Potomac River at the Spring Gap recreational area

Spring Gap is located in the valley of the North Branch Potomac River along the Chesapeake and Ohio (C&O) Canal at mile marker 173. Just west of the community is the National Park Service Spring Gap Recreation Area, which offers camping sites and a place to relax for hikers and bikers of the C&O towpath. The park is easy to access by car and provides canoe access to the river. The Spring Gap Recreation Area is a popular location to pick up, drop off, or park when hiking or biking the C&O canal towpath to or from Cumberland, 11 miles (18 km) upriver.[2]

Some of the best fishing in the Potomac River is in the section from Spring Gap to Hancock.[3]

Maryland Route 51 runs through Spring Gap, leading northwest to Cumberland and east to Oldtown, and Paw Paw, West Virginia. The mainline CSX railroad runs up the Potomac valley across the river from Spring Gap in West Virginia.


  • Elevation: 641 feet (195 m)
  • Latitude: 39.5652
  • Longitude: -78.71658


  1. ^ "Geographic Identifiers: 2010 Demographic Profile Data (G001): Spring Gap CDP, Maryland". U.S. Census Bureau, American Factfinder. Archived from the original on February 12, 2020. Retrieved May 29, 2013.
  2. ^ Mike High, The C&O Canal Companion, Johns Hopkins Press, 2000, page 265, ISBN 0-8018-6602-2
  3. ^ Barbara Rogers, Adventure Guide to the Chesapeake Bay, Hunter Publishing Inc., page 79