Family bike touring on the Great Allegheny Passage has been discussed by Bicycle Times, Adventure Cyclist, and countless family travel blogs. The gentle grade and crushed gravel trail surface of the Great Allegheny Passage makes it easy to ride and accessible for cyclists of all ages and abilities.
Our family packages have been created to take the planning and work off your shoulders, so you can enjoy real family time on the trail. We recommend this itinerary for families with kids between ages 8-14 years, although children’s abilities and interest levels can vary widely.
Each day your ride takes you on an energizing journey through green forests and small, rural towns. Parks and access areas along the trail offer plenty of swimming and hiking opportunities. Friendly hosts and comfortable accommodations each night end the day on a great note.
We’ve prepared this trip just for families, so your lodging, luggage, and shuttling are all taken care of. We’ve also included three breakfasts. For any meals not included, we’ll direct you to an easy and family friendly option on or next to the trail. We’ll also point out all the swimming holes and arrange any off-trail activities the kids want to enjoy.
This world-class bike trail is a perfect place for a family vacation that will build skills and memories to last years!
|GAP Family Ride||$2,300*||5 nights, luggage shuttle, & one-way transfer are included||Itinerary below|
*This is a TOTAL price, based on a family of 3-4. For multiple families or groups of more than 4, please request a custom quote. Full details regarding accommodations can be found in the itinerary below and will be outlined on your quote.
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Begin the day with a shuttle transfer from the Pittsburgh area (parking at the Waterfront trailhead is free) to Markleton, or another point on the trail if you want to add miles. Spend the afternoon riding to Confluence through the dense woods and rolling farmland of southwestern Pennsylvania. After your first day of riding, perhaps you’ll want to cool off in Yough Lake. Enjoy dinner and an ice cream at Sherman’s or another great restaurant in town.
Overnight stay in Confluence in a queen/full suite that accommodates the whole family.
Have breakfast at your B&B, then pedal through one of the most gorgeous sections of the GAP trail – Ohiopyle State Park. Your goal today is the small village of Ohiopyle. Once you’ve arrived in Ohiopyle, you can hike the Ferncliff trail, visit the natural waterslides, or swim in the Youghiogheny River.
Adventure seekers may want to add a half-day family float (min. age 6 yrs) or whitewater trip (min. age 12 yrs). In the evening, some mini-golf may be just the thing.
Overnight stay in Ohiopyle in a suite with two queen beds and a sofa bed.
Have an easy breakfast in the village, and perhaps spend extra time exploring the trails around Ohiopyle before starting back onto the trail. Connellsville is just at the northern edge of the state park and you’ll cross plenty of bridges and beside small waterfalls all along the trail today. Keep an eye out for wildlife too!
Overnight stay in Connellsville in a suite with one king and one double bed (or add a room).
After a full breakfast in Connellsville, you’ll ride through several small towns along the Youghiogheny and Monongahela rivers. History is on display as you cycle past unique geologic rock formations and historic railroad towns that grew up as part of the thriving steel industry over 150 years ago.
Overnight stay in West Newton in adjoining rooms with queen and twin (or bunk) beds.
Today is your last day on the trail, so make it a good one! As you ride closer to Pittsburgh the trail becomes paved and the towns are closer together. You’ll cross two very high bridges (both without motor traffic) and even ride past one amusement park.
The day ends at the Waterfront in Homestead, an entertainment and shopping center. Lodging this night is included in the trip package. You’ll enjoy one last night on the trail at a hotel (with a pool!) and celebrate the trip.
Overnight stay at the Waterfront at the Courtyard Marriott or Hampton Inn. [If you do not need the extra night, just let us know.]
Want another day of fun, family biking? Then continue along the GAP (now paved) from the Waterfront and directly into the city of Pittsburgh. The city and trails are green and gorgeous in summer, and perfectly safe for cyclists of any age.
The GAP trail terminates in Downtown Pittsburgh, at Point State Park. You can return from the Point by riding a loop back along the South Side Trail (past several water spray parks, ice cream shops, restaurants, and more) and back to Homestead. The entire loop is about 18 miles, roundtrip.
Want one more day of vacation…off the bike? How about spending today at Kennywood Park or Sandcastle Waterpark. We can help with tickets to either or both parks.
Another overnight stay at the Waterfront can be added.
Start: Pittsburgh OR Cumberland
Includes: lodging, luggage shuttling, one-way transfer
Optional: bike rental
"We had some great bonding moments....The biking was very easy. The kids averaged about 8-12 miles/hour depending on the elevation loss. It was great not to worry about cars or any kind of traffic on the trail."
- Jane C.