Bike the GAP is the leader in self-guided travel by bike on the Great Allegheny Passage and C&O Canal Towpath. We put a lot of thought into curating our trip packages so that these itineraries provide the best pacing, the most comfortable overnight stays, and plenty of time for trail discovery.
All of our trip packages assume private rooms and private bathrooms. Compare our trips to the competition and you’ll find that our prices, quality, and overall trip experience is the best on the trail. Don’t take our word for it though, year after year BTG riders contact us with wonderful details and reviews of their trip. Read reviews from past riders at TripAdvisor or on our Reviews page.
As one recent rider wrote, “The planning was simply the BEST! Everyone else must be chasing 2nd place.”
Why BTG is Right for YOU
The top reasons cyclists prefer BTG tours include: great B&Bs stays, well thought-out trip pacing, and our quick responsiveness (before and during the trip). If you are ready for an unforgettable bike adventure, we’re here to make it happen!
4- or 5-day trips include lodging reservations, plus optional: daily luggage shuttle and one-way transfer between Pittsburgh and Cumberland.
GAP/C&O trips include lodging reservations, plus optional: daily luggage shuttle and one-way transfer between Pittsburgh and DC.
A family vacation you’ll be sure to remember and talk about for years to come.
Spend 4 days or more enjoying the Best of Central Florida’s trails. Trip includes lodging reservations, plus optional: daily luggage shuttle, one-way transfer.
Bike the GAP exists to assist busy, independent bike travelers have an unforgettable experience on the Great Allegheny Passage and C&O Canal Towpath. We are your trail experts.
Our core mission is to provide the best GAP experience possible for our riders, and in doing so, contribute to the economic success of our small town and rural partners all along the trail.
Our riders also receive a custom packet of Trip Materials that includes – our Trip Handbook; the TrailBook and Trail Town brochures; Dining Guide; and more.
The Great Allegheny Passage and C&O Canal Towpath are perfect trails for an independent bike trip. The system is safe, one-way (so no getting lost!), well-marked and ridden daily by all variety of cyclists. It’s a safe trail and travels through small towns of Appalachia and Maryland/West Virginia.
On a self-guided trip you’ll ride the trail on your own, following a trip plan created for you. It is expected that you will be able to ride the mileage as outlined; there is no SAG or support vehicle to contact. We’ve worked hard to create a variety of trip packages to allow you to find the pace that works best for you.
You are the best judge of your abilities, but some of the reasons our riders enjoy independent bike trips:
If a medical emergency occurs on the trail, the first action should always be to call 911. Following that, you will contact us on the dedicated trail support phone number and can also consult your Trip Handbook to identify your nearest town and/or medical center.
If a mechanical emergency occurs, you can call us on the trail support phone number and you will find fellow cyclists stopping to help almost immediately. We expect our riders to be able to fix flat tires (something all cyclists should know!) and to have the materials to do so on hand. We can help talk you through it. For more serious mechanical issues we can put you in touch with a nearby bike shop, and/or help arrange for a shuttle to come to the nearest trailhead. If you are riding a rental bike, that vendor will also assist you with repairs (and potentially even a bike replacement).
In the past we have arranged transport from the trail, altered itineraries mid-trip, assisted travelers in returning to their start point, and generally have done whatever is necessary to make things right.
Over the past trail seasons our rental partners have reported that less than 0.5% riders experienced a serious mechanical issue, and less than 15% even experience a flat tire! We recommend riders bringing their own bikes make sure they are well-maintained and tested prior to the trip.
NO set travel dates, NO pre-arranged groups. You ride according to your schedule.
All trips include overnight reservations, trail mapping, and trip materials.
"Without you we would never, ever have gone on the trip. There was four of us trying to plan the trip and it was challenging to figure out how far to go, where to eat, where to stay, etc. Instead, every day we got up, read our itinerary and off we went."