Historical areas like the John Poole House and General Store Museum are popular with residents and visitors, as well as the Historic Whites Ferry. People can take in the scenery at Seneca Aqueduct and Riley’s Lockhouse along the C&O Canal. Hiking, rock climbing, picnicking, and sightseeing are common at the peak of Sugarloaf Mountain. Cabin Branch also provides a pedestrian-friendly shopping and dining destination for visitors from across the region.

93,000 acres of Agricultural Reserve

Great local and state incentives and tax credits

Popular historic destinations

A scenic region for outdoor activities

The Upcounty area of Montgomery County includes:

POOLESVILLE – Named after its first settler, John Poole, who settled there in 1783—this tightly-knit community has retained much of its historic charm.

CLARKSBURG ­– Clarksburg is named for Native American trader William Clarke, and since 2000, there has been major growth.

BOYDS – A village for workers constructing the Baltimore and Ohio Railroad (B&O) in the 1870s, it is now served by the MARC train system. It is also home to Black Hills Regional Park and Little Seneca Lake.

BEALLSVILLE – On the road from Rockville to the Monocacy River and Nolands ferry, Beallsville was a strategic spot in the Civil War. It is also home to the historic Darby Store and the Monocacy Cemetery, which dates to the American Revolution.

DAMASCUS – Currently a commercial center for the northern part of the region, it remains a beautiful agrarian area with rolling hills and valleys.


Let's try to expand what we already have in Upcounty because that's going to be the source of our strength.

Isiah Leggett, Montgomery County Executive

Upcounty Regional Services Center

The Sidney Kramer Upcounty Regional Services Center (SKURSC) is one of five Montgomery County outreach offices. The Upcounty Center is the largest of the five centers with 100,000 sq. ft. of space, and 11 agencies. It provides services for citizens and businesses of northern Montgomery County, including workforce development.

Clarksburg Premium Outlets

Clarksburg Premium Outlets is conveniently located right off of I-270 in Montgomery County, Maryland, just 30 miles north of Washington, D.C. and 50 miles west of Baltimore. More than 90 brand name stores are available, including Banana Republic Factory Store, Nike Factory Store, Saks Fifth Avenue Off 5th, Steve Madden, Under Armour, and many more. Shoppers also enjoy a Market Hall dining pavilion, covered walkways and a number of energy saving features.

More great assets:

  • A nationally ranked public school system

  • Access to the Montgomery College Germantown Campus

  • A strong local government

  • Great housing options in a rural setting

With its group of growing communities, Upcounty is an excellent choice for your business to enjoy a long and rewarding future.