Sykesville, MD located in Carroll County has made all of America take notice!!  Sykesville has been named as America's Coolest Small Town and they are proud of it.

Travel guru's asked for nominations for coolest small towns with less then 20,000 residents that had a certain flare or something about it that gave it that little extra pizzaz.  After receiving all the submissions, Budget Travel narrowed the list down to 15 small towns and then the final voting went into the publics hands by way of online voting.  Sykesville came away with a landslide victory by getting 44.3% of the overall votes.  That is HUGE!!  

Downtown Sykesville

Below you will find some of the quotes from people who commented on why they loved Sykesville so much:

  • "Sykesville is the coolest small town I know and like to visit. They throw amazing events throughout the year at every season. The community as a whole is very close knit and welcoming..."
  • "It's a family friendly town with beautiful parks and playgrounds, lovely shops and wonderful restaurants. The history is rich."
  • "Sykesville Main Street has some of the most quaint buildings that look like buildings found in a model train set."
  • "Love how Sykesville makes you feel at home wherever you go and the people always treat you like family!!!"

The Maryland Department of Housing and Community Development who encouraged citizens to vote in the contest captured the beauty and spirit of Sykesville in the following quote: 

"In a state full of small towns with charm, Sykesville stands out. Traversed by the B&O Railroad, which still passes through the town regularly, the town also boasts a beautiful view of the Patapsco River, along with a thriving main street that has given new life to the community as it rebounded from the recession. Along the town’s main street, visitors can find many independently-owned shops and restaurants. The town also pays homage to its railroad history through train rides for children, model train displays, and a restaurant located in the former B&O Train Station."

This is the second town in Maryland to earn this title in the past two years.  Berlin, MD earned the title in 2014.


Being a long time resident and Real Estate Agent of the Sykesville / Eldersburg area made this little victory even that much sweeter for me.  We are actually On The Map!!  Make sure you come and see for yourself how beautiful and Cool our little town actually is!!

* Photo of Sykesville by Acroterion, via Wikimedia Commons through GNU Free Documentation License