Visitors to the Sideling Hill Exibit Center have a unique opportunity to stop and view one of the best rock exposures in the northeastern United States. Highway construction has cut through the mountain exposing almost 850 vertical feet of a 350 million year old syncline of Devonian shale and Chemung and Hampshire sandstone.
Sideling Hill Visitor Center is on Sideling Hill Wildlife Management Area's (WMA). This WMA consists of 3,000-acres of mixed oak-hickory forest that straddles Sideling Hill Creek.
The four story exibit center features interpretive displays, an orientation program, and tourism information. It was constructed to help provide the public with a better understanding of the geology of the cut.
Sideling Hill is actually (according to my map) in the WMA, but not exactly on the road but Sideling Hill has been a formidable obstacle to travel since the earliest days when settlers were moving west. Travelers formerly crossed the mountain about two miles to the south on U.S. 40.
The present route was cut through the rock to meet interstate standards and construction of the road cut began in 1983.
A noticeable feature when you look at the exposure is the water flowing from the sides of the hill. Two water-bearing zones, called aquifers, were intercepted by the excavation of the mountain. As the aquifers leak, the evaporating water causes iron oxide, or rust, to be deposited along the sides of the rocks. During the winter months, a beautiful ice cascade can be seen as the flowing water freezes.
The Exhibit Center is open daily from 9 a.m. until 5 p.m., except for major holidays. Restrooms are available 24 hours a day.
118 Limestone Rd, Hancock, MD 21750
Good for: Solo
118 LIMESTONE RD, Hancock, MD 21750
Good for: Solo
118 Limestone Road, I-70 Exit 1B or I-68 Exit 82A,
Good for: Solo
2 BLUE HILL ROAD, Hancock, MD 21750
Good for: Business
If youre on I-68 west of Hancock, check out the menu at the Belle Grove Exxon, at exit 68, 14 miles west of Hancock (toward Cumberland). The busy little lunch counter serves up great and abundant sandwiches, and home-made pie at $1-a slice. Its a favorite stop among the over-the-road customers,
Favorite Dish: Home made pie---usually two flavors to choose from. A dollar a slice. You just can't get home-made pie anymore!!
One of the restaurants with in the town of Hancock is Pizza Hut. I have not been to this Pizza Hut, but since it is a chain, I would expect it to be at least somewhat like others in the chain. The picture is not of the Hancock Pizza Hut.
Other pizza places in the same area are:
Shives Pizza & Sub Shop
119 East Main Street, Hancock, MD 21750
Fox's Pizza Den 163 W High Street 301-678-7000
From the FOX's web site:
HOURS OF OPERATION Open 7 Days
Sunday 12:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Monday - Thursday 10:00 am - 9:00 pm
Friday & Saturday 10:00 am - 11:00 pm
PIZZA Small 9"
Round Medium 12"
Round Large 16"
Round Champ 16"
Square Big Daddy 24" x 12"
Cheese $5.49 $7.89 $10.29 $11.29 $13.49
1 Topping $5.99 $8.79 $11.59 $12.59 $14.99
2 Topping $6.49 $9.69 $12.89 $13.89 $16.49
3 Topping $6.99 $10.59 $14.19 $15.29 $17.99
Addl. Toppings $0.60 $1.00 $1.40 $1.40 $1.60
CHOOSE YOUR FAVORITE TOPPINGS:
Pepperoni • Bacon • Green Peppers • Mushrooms • Onions • Ham • Sweet Peppers • Anchovies • Extra Cheese • Sausage • Hot Banana Peppers • Black Olives • Tomatoes • Beef Topping • Pineapple • Jalapeno Peppers
DOUBLE DEALS - TWO PIZZAS - ONE TOPPING - ONE PRICE
Two Small $9.99
Two Medium $13.99
Two Large $19.99
Two Champs $20.99
Two Big Daddy $22.99
Bacon Double Cheeseburger
Sauce with cheddar, mozzarella, and provolone cheese, topped with real bacon, and beef topping.
Pizza sauce, taco meat, nacho chips, and cheddar cheese, topped with lettuce, tomato, and taco sauce.
Diced chicken breast, barbecue sauce, green pepper, onion, cheddar cheese.
Favorite Dish: STROMBOLI - A traditional Italian Turnover
Small $6.99 Medium $9.99 Large $13.49
Custom Stromboli- Sauce, cheese and up to five pizza toppings of your choice.
HOAGIES - All hoagies are prepared to order on a fresh 13" or 6 1/2" bun.
WHOLE - $6.59
Extra Meat $1.50
Extra Veggies $.80
HALF - $3.89
Extra Meat $.80
Extra Veggies $.40
Steak & Cheese
Choice sirloin steak, melted provolone and mozzarella cheese, sweet peppers, onions, mushrooms with lettuce, tomato, mayo.
This hoagie is loaded with meatballs covered with Fox's famous sauce, topped with melted mozzarella and provolone cheese.
Tender roast beef piled high, covered with melted mozzarella and provolone, then topped with lettuce, tomato, and mayo.
WEDGIES - Wedgies were created by Fox's Pizza Den. Wedgies are like a sandwich but served on a pizza crust instead of bun. Our wedgies are served on a 9" pizza crust.
SMALL - $5.99
Extra Meat $1.00
Extra Veggies $.75
LARGE - $11.99
Extra Meat $2.00
Extra Veggies $1.50
Choice sirloin steak, melted provolone & mozzarella cheese, sweet peppers, onions, mushrooms with lettuce, tomato, and mayo.
Fox's award winning sauce, baked with mozzarella and provolone cheese, pepperoni.
Baked ham, turkey, real bacon, melted mozzarella provolone and cheddar cheese, lettuce, tomato, and mayo.
Mushrooms, green peppers, onions, covered with melted provolone and mozzarella cheese, topped with lettuce, tomato, Italian dressing.
Pizza sauce, taco meat, nacho chips, cheddar cheese topped with lettuce, tomato, taco sauce.
Real bacon, baked with provolone and mozzarella cheese, topped with lettuce, tomato, and mayo.
We also have delicious Salads and Sides
Tossed Salad, Chef Salad,Taco Salad, Chicken Fry Salad
Bread Sticks with cheese
Breaded Chicken Tenders
6" Bambino Pizza
It's been awhile since I got off at Hancock to eat, but you can be sure that you can get diesel or gas, and food in a place that's easy to get on and off the interstate.
Favorite Dish: In the same location, in addtion to the Truck Plaza there is:
Hancock BP Food Mart
Hancock, MD 21750
Hancock Truck Service
Hancock, MD 21750
Town Tavern 15 W Main Street 301-678-6732
There is a fair amount of truck traffic on I-68. But trucks cannot stop at the Sideling Hill Visitor's Center.
When you are climbing up the mountains of western Maryland on I-68, you will see that going uphill there are three lanes instead of two. This is for the long haul trucks, or anyone else that has a vehicle with difficulty in hill climbing.
Stay in the normal right hand lane, unless people are coming up behind you. Then get over into the slow lane. This lane will end just before the top of the rise.
Also notice that there are 'runaway truck' ramps on the downhill slopes. This is so that if the truck loses its brakes it will have a safe place to get off the road. Usually it will have a steep upslope to slow the truck down, and sometimes a crash barrier or an earthen hill for a last ditch stop.
While the mountains are not as steep as those farther west, if you are a flatlander, your car may not cope very well with the grades. You need to have good brakes (and good braking techniques) and your car radiator needs to be in good shape. The pickup truck behind our car has the hood up, perhaps to cool off the engine that was overheating.
Here are some tips for safe driving taken from Road Trip
"1. Make sure that your brakes, windshield wipers, defroster, heater, and exhaust systems are in good condition. Ensure that your brake and transmission fluids are filled and have been changed within the interval recommended for your vehicle. Brake fluid, as it ages, takes on moisture and contaminants that lowers its boiling level. Frequent brake use can overheat the fluid and you can lose braking efficiency when it is most needed. Also check the tread on your tires and ensure that they are properly inflated.
"2. Don't go down a mountain road any faster than you can go up it. Don't use your brakes to hold your downhill speed. Down shift to S or L - the only time you should step on your brake pedal is to slow while you are shifting down to a lower gear. Resist the temptation of zooming down a hill.
"3. On steep upgrades, downshift to a lower gear, watch the temperature gauge in your vehicle, and turn off the air-conditioning if it starts to overheat. If you need to cool the engine, find a safe place to pull off the road, park it and keep the car at a fast idle. Do not shut off the engine, and never remove a hot radiator cap. A faster way to cool an engine is to turn on the heater, but usually that option is a bit unpleasant for the driver."
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If you've thought far enough in advance, you can bring your lunch and picnic on the tables that are at the Visitor's Center along the parking lot. You can also let the kids run around and let off a little steam. If you haven't thought in advance, you can still buy cokes and other canned drinks at the vending machines, but a packed picnic would be better I think.