Trail Start and End Details
Great Allegheny Passage stretches from Point State Park in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, to Chesapeake & Ohio Canal National Historical Park in Cumberland, West Virginia. Connect here with the C & O Canal Towpath to continue as far as Washington, DC.
Description and Tips
Formerly a rail corridor, Great Allegheny Passage (GAP) will take you through valleys, around mountains, and along rivers, all on a nearly level (no more than 1-2% grade) ride. See the Cumberland Narrows, cross the Mason-Dixon Line, top the Eastern Continental Divide at 2,392 feet, weave through the Laurel Highlands and Ohiopyle State Park, explore historic towns and sites, and more. The GAP is wide and well-maintained, following the courses of rivers up to the Eastern Continental Divide and then down the gentle slope to Cumberland. The trail is mostly shaded and relatively cool in the summer, traveling over many bridges and through several tunnels, with plenty of overlooks to stop and enjoy. It is a popular trail for locals as well as cyclists on long tours across the mountains. Camping, lodging, historical sites, and restaurants are plentiful.
Mike Moon, Steve Downs, Tom Brown, Peter Preston
Steve Downs, Peter Preston