Dans Mountain is located in Allegany County, Maryland, USA between Georges Creek and the North Branch Potomac River. The highest point on Dans Mountain is called Dan's Rock which has an elevation of 2,895 feet (882 m). The mountain rises 2,200 feet (670 m) above the town of LaVale and the summit is the highest point in Allegany County. Although there are higher points in Maryland, Dans Mountain has the most impressive escarpment of Maryland's mountains. It is essentially continuous with the longer escarpment that continues both north (into Pennsylvania) and south (into West Virginia) known as the Allegheny Front. Dans Mountain State Park is located along a 16-mile (26 km) stretch of the mountain, 9 miles (14 km) south of Frostburg, Maryland. Dan's Rock Overlook is the highest scenic overlook in the park. These rocks date to the Pennsylvania Period and are about 300 million years old.
Dan's Mountain is named for Daniel Cresap, the son of Thomas Cresap and one of the first settlers in Allegany County. Cresap was known for being adventurous, often hunting with a Delaware Indian named Nemacolin. While pursuing a bear in a tree, Daniel fell and lay unconscious until Nemacolin found him, and dragged Daniel home to safety. Since that event, the mountain has been known as Dans Mountain. Dan's Mountain Wildlife Management Area protects the mountain in an area covering 9,504 acres.
In addition to a number of radio towers, Dan's Rock is absolutely covered in graffitti, both recent and older. Engravings can be found to the 1800s. For better or worse, people have been leaving their names and messages on top of Dan's Rock for 200 years.
The views from the rock are impressive. From the summit, it is said you can see the states of Maryland, Virginia, West Virginia, and Pennsylvania. Without question, it is one of the better mountain top views on the east coast.
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