We all scream for what? Get ALL of your 2024 Ice Cream trail info around the tristate HERE!

07 June 2024- A number of different municipalities, groups, and states have put together Ice Cream Trails for this summer to capitalize on the amazing intersection of sweet treats, small business growth, and hot temperatures. Hear how you can get out, grab a cone or dish, and maybe win some great prizes all the while supporting local small businesses!

Maryland:

The Maryland Department of Agriculture’s Maryland’s Best program has kicked off the 2024 Maryland’s Best Ice Cream Trail with new additions to the trail, new prizes for participants and of course ice cream! Now in its twelfth year, the Ice Cream Trail is designed to promote the state’s dairy industry and has become increasingly popular, drawing participants from across the state and the region.

This year, Maryland’s Best Ice Cream ‘Trailblazers’ are asked to snap a photo or selfie at each of the 12 participating creameries and submit them via email to icecream.trail1@maryland.gov once they have completed the trail. All participants are also encouraged to share their progress on social media by tagging Maryland’s Best (@mdsbest, @mdsbestag) and the location at which they are visiting. Each week a photo that was posted online and tagged will be selected to win a limited edition ice cream cone squishy!

Additionally, the Maryland Department of Agriculture partnered with the Department of Natural Resources and located nearby trails at each of the creamery locations. Consumers are encouraged to get out and hike before or after their ice cream treat! Consumers who post an additional picture of their hike and tag @MarylandDNR, will receive a second entry each week to win the ice cream squishy. Details on the hikes can be found at the Maryland’s Best website. 

The 2024 Ice Cream Trail on-farm creameries include: Prigel Family Creamery (Baltimore County), Deliteful Dairy (Washington County), Happy Cow Creamery (Frederick County), Moo Cow Creamery (Frederick County), South Mountain Creamery (Frederick County), Rocky Point Creamery (Frederick County), Broom’s Bloom Dairy (Harford County), Lockbriar Farms (Kent County), Keyes Creamery (Harford County), Woodbourne Creamery at Rock Hill Orchard (Montgomery County), Misty Meadow Farm Creamery (Washington County), and Chesapeake Bay Farms (Worcester County).

All completed email submissions for all 12 locations will receive a “2024 Maryland’s Best Ice Cream Trailblazer” certificate, and one lucky winner will receive a $50 gift certificate to the on-farm creamery of their choice, a copy of the children’s book “Tales of the Dairy Godmother: Chuck’s Ice Cream Wish,” and the 2024 Maryland’s Best Ice Cream Champion Trailblazer trophy. Anyone who also completes all 11 hikes coordinated with the creameries will also be entered to win an annual parks pass. More information is available at Maryland’s Best.

The Maryland’s Best Ice Cream Trail’s 2024 season officially began on May 23 and will run through September 5.


If you want to stay closer to home in Maryland, Washington County has announced their own Ice Cream Trail!

How to Participate:

  1. Download the Ice Cream Trail map (or obtain a map at any location on the trail).
  2. Visit each of the listed ice cream shops and enjoy a sweet treat.
  3. Get your Ice Cream Trail passport stamped at each location.
  4. Submit your completed map via online form or mail.

Everyone who completes the trail by the end of summer will receive a free, commemorative t-shirt to celebrate their accomplishment! It’s a perfect way to enjoy the summer, support local businesses, and earn a fun keepsake.

Pennsylvania:

Travel all around the Commonwealth to participate in Scooped: An Ice Cream Trail and get a chance to win a commemorative ice cream scoop or a shirt!

Travelers can plan their adventures, learn about participating creameries, and sign up free at visitpa.com/scooped. Dedicated dairy lovers can accumulate points to earn prizes, including a commemorative stainless-steel ice cream scooper by visiting five stops, and a t-shirt with 10 stops.

Those who embark on the Ice Cream Trail are encouraged to share every sweet stop #PAScoops on visitpa.com’s FacebookTwitterInstagram, or Pinterest.