This guide currently covers the 91 mile section of the Great Allegheny Passage trail from Connellsville, Pennsylvania to Cumberland, Maryland. From there, many people continue their journey on the C & O Canal Towpath all the way into Georgetown and Washington D.C. for a grand total of over 275 miles of absolutely gorgeous meanderings.
Highlights of the Great Allegheny Passage trail include:
- the Eastern Continental Divide
- Pinkerton High Bridge
- Ohiopyle State Park
- Frank Lloyd Wright's "Falling Water" (nearby)
- Pinkerton Tunnel
- the Big Savage Tunnel
- the Mason Dixon Line
- the Borden Mill Tunnel
- the Brush Tunnel
- the Bollman Iron Bridge
- the Cumberland Bone Cave
- the Western Maryland Railroad Bridge
- the towns of Connellsville, Ohiopyle, Confluence, Cumberland, Frostburg, Meyersdale, Garrett, and Rockwood
Without a doubt, this is one of the world's premier long-distance trails, and it offers its users once-in-a-lifetime scenery, history, and architecture. In fact, the GAP is so much more than just a trail. It is one of those life-changing experiences that will provide you with a rare combination of relaxation, exercise, scenic splendor, and ah-ha moments.
If the Great Allegheny Passage isn't on your bucket list yet, you need to add it right now.
Whether you travel the trail on short day trips or make the entire Pittsburgh to D.C. voyage, you will fall in love with the trail, the countryside, and the experience.
- Pack a camera with plenty of storage space. You will use it frequently.
- Horseback riding is permitted on the grassy areas between Boston & Connellsville; Rockwood & Garrett; Frostburg & State Line.
- This trail is nice all year long, but late September into mid-October provides a spectacular and colorful foliage display. Check weather conditions before hitting the trail.
- Bring a trail light, especially if you plan to do the C & O trail as well.
- Pets are allowed on the trail as long as they are on a short leash and their guardians remove their waste and dispose of it properly.
- Pennsylvania State Law mandates that children under the age of 12 are required to wear helmets while riding a bicycle.
- On the sections where horseback riding is permitted, horses are only allowed on the grassy portion beside the main trail.
- Pack along plenty of water, trail snacks, and protective clothing that is appropriate for the time of year. Be prepared for cool weather and/or precipitation any time of year.