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Great Allegheny Passage

13 Canal St, Cumberland, MD 21502-3052
+1 724-309-4041
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First GAP ride

My husband and I rode 2 sections of the GAP trail this past weekend. We rode from Meyersdale, Pa to... read more

Reviewed 2 days ago
Sugarsm0m
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Moorestown, New Jersey
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Great Bike Tour on the GAP

The surface is good hardback dirt and there are increasing number of facilities and bike shop along... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
MikeBarry657
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Arlington, Massachusetts
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The Great Allegheny Passage soars over valleys, snakes around mountains, and skirts alongside three rolling rivers on its nearly level path from Cumberland, Md. to Pittsburgh. Cyclists pass through the Cumberland Narrows, cross the Mason-Dixon Line, top the Eastern Continental Divide, wind their way through Pennsylvania’s breathtaking Laurel Highlands, journey through the region’s coke, coal, mining, and steel-making corridor, and end at Pittsburgh’s majestic Point State Park. Stunning views of waterfalls, gorges, river valleys, and farmland are everywhere, especially from outside the Big Savage Tunnel, from the sweeping Salisbury Viaduct, at both ends of the Pinkerton Tunnel, and via the Ohiopyle High and Low Bridges. Riders overlook the joining of rivers at Confluence, McKeesport, and Pittsburgh, and can explore adjoining peninsulas, state parks, hollows, wildflower stands, and forests on foot at many places along the trail.
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13 Canal St, Cumberland, MD 21502-3052
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Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

My husband and I rode 2 sections of the GAP trail this past weekend. We rode from Meyersdale, Pa to Cumberland, MD. What a great trail. Well maintained. Interesting sites along the way. Bridges, tunnels, beautiful vistas to name a few. We arranged for a...More

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Reviewed 1 week ago

The surface is good hardback dirt and there are increasing number of facilities and bike shop along the route. Make sure to manage your water usage to have enough and be prepared for 10-12 mph speeds from Pittsburgh to the Eastern Divide due to the...More

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Bryan P, Manager at Great Allegheny Passage, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Thanks for the review, Mike. Hope you had a good journey. The rise from Pittsburgh to the Eastern Continental Divide averages 0.25%, so while nearly imperceptible, you will be pedaling, not coasting, for sure.

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Train is in good condition. However, the trip we took was through a woods, very little as far as dramatic views. Lumbered along slowly and we were so bored looking at the green woods flashing by. Saw a squirrel, dramatic views are non existent. We...More

1  Thank joseph m
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Bryan P, Manager at Great Allegheny Passage, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Sorry you were bored, Joseph! There are great views hundreds of feet over the Youghiogheny River in Ohiopyle, over the Casselman River from the Salisbury Viaduct, and into four states outside the Big Savage overlook. In Pittsburgh, you can take in the cityscape from the...More

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

A friend and I did the Great Allegheny Passage in 4 days, starting Monday, October 16, 2017. The trail is extremely well maintained. We chose to break up the trip as recommended in the guide book: Day 1: start in Pittsburgh end in West Newton,...More

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Bryan P, Manager at Great Allegheny Passage, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Way to go, and thanks for the trip report! We're glad you enjoyed your thru-ride on the Great Allegheny Passage! Especially on that 1989 MTB! Hope you'll come back for another spin this summer.

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We recently finished a 5 day ride on the trail from Pittsburgh to Cumberland. We traveled from Oregon to experience the GAP. What an incredible adventure. The trail surface is an easy one to ride an is perfect for a hybrid or touring bike. We...More

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Bryan P, Manager at Great Allegheny Passage, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Thank you, Donna, for your kind words and trip report! We're delighted that you enjoyed your thru-ride, and I'll share your kudos to our volunteer trail groups who work hard to maintain the GAP. Any suggestions for other prospective riders?

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Reviewed 22 January 2018

This is our favorite bike trail! My husband and I have biked almost every section of this trail. We are extremely lucky that we live close and have access to many of the trailheads. The trail surface is composed of crushed limestone, which is usually...More

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Bryan P, General Manager at Great Allegheny Passage, responded to this reviewResponded 5 March 2018

Thanks, Darcy, for your review, and your description of riding the Great Allegheny Passage. The McKeesport to Pittsburgh section crosses four cool bridges and hugs the Monongahela River. The last bit within downtown Pittsburgh is on-road or on sidewalk; be careful and enjoy getting to...More

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Reviewed 10 November 2017

We did the Frostburg to Cumberland part of the trail, riding back down from our train ride up. The trail is fantastic. They need some more signs in Frostburg for the trail and the mileage markers seem sparse and random at times, but it is...More

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Reviewed 30 October 2017

Great scenic trail with a wonderfully maintained trail surface. Rode the full length both east and west. Both directions are great and have pros and cons. Westbound - you have a 24 mile climbing then a gentle descent for 126 miles. Eastbound - the opposite....More

1  Thank Tom G
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Reviewed 25 October 2017

We stayed at the Fairfield and could access the trail just outside of the hotel exit. It is easy walking with little elevation near the hotel. Great views of the river. A little buggy on the day we walked.

1  Thank Kathy L
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Reviewed 21 October 2017 via mobile

We rode from Cumberland to Pittsburgh, which is a great way to see this part of the country. We crossed the continental divide and the Mason Dixon line. There are several beautiful viaducts and really cool tunnels that you go through. We stopped at Meyersdale,...More

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bam18Md
21 May 2018|
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Response from Bryan P | Property representative |
The Great Allegheny Passage is perfect for runners -- joggers, ultramarathoners, and anyone in between. Some of our trail groups host 5K and 10K events, and in October, you and seven teammates can participate in the GAP... More
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Lori H
1 February 2018|
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Hi, Lori, Amtrak's Capitol Limited runs between Pittsburgh and Cumberland and each train holds eight (8) slots for bicycles. You can purchase your seat and a slot for your bike on a first-come, first-serve basis. See... More
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myjeep123
27 December 2017|
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Hi, Ellen, the Great Allegheny Passage from Pittsburgh to Cumberland is smooth and flat, with both campgrounds and lodging (inns, B&B's, guesthouses) in towns like Confluence, Meyersdale, and Connellsville, along the way... More
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