Bike the Great Allegheny Passage

From Pittsburgh to DC at your own pace

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Great Allegheny Passage Trail Summary

The Great Allegheny Passage is a 150 mile trail that leads you beneath leafy green canopy and dazzling fall colors, past hidden waterfalls and glens, chasing glimpses of the river beside you. The gentle grade and crushed gravel surface makes the GAP easy to ride and accessible for cyclists of all ages and abilities. The GAP trail moves you from big city to green forest to small town for an adventure like no other.

Highlights for you to discover include:

  • Waterfalls of Ohiopyle State Park
  • Peaceful woods of SW Pennsylvania
  • Stunning views from the Eastern Continental Divide

The Great Allegheny Passage was the first inductee to the rail-trail Hall of Fame. It has been lauded by travel experts, multiple national papers including The New York Times and National Geographic, as well as countless bike tourists, as a world-class bike trail and a vacation experience not to be missed!

The GAP also connects to the C&O Canal Towpath in Cumberland. The C&O Canal is a national park which preserves the towpath which once transported goods between Washington, DC and the towns leading up to Cumberland.

GAP Package Details

All prices include private rooms and private bathrooms. Rental bikes can be included from $175/bike. 

 

Trip Package Price WITH luggage shuttle Price WITHOUT luggage shuttle Notes
4-Day GAP $759 $525 Itinerary below
 5-Day GAP (includes Fallingwater) $859 $625 Itinerary below

*All prices are per person and based on double occupancy. Solo riders and groups of 6 or more – ask for a custom quote.

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4- and 5-Day Itinerary

  1. DAY 1 Pittsburgh to Perryopolis (45 mi.) [OR - Pittsburgh to West Newton 34 mi.]

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    Welcome to the ‘Burgh! Arrive a day or two early and spend time exploring the city of Pittsburgh. Take a city bike tour, visit the Warhol museum, or take in a Pirates baseball game at PNC Park.

    Start your ride in Downtown Pittsburgh at the western terminus in Point State Park. Take a moment to grab a photo at the start, then follow the Monongahela River out of the city. The transformation of Pittsburgh is on display as you cycle past the former steel towns that drove the U.S. in the 20th century.

    Overnight stay in Perryopolis (or West Newton).

  2. DAY 2 Perryopolis to Confluence (42 mi.) [OR - West Newton to Ohiopyle 42 mi.]

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    After a full breakfast to start the day off right, you’ll have the chance to pedal through some of the most gorgeous sections of the GAP trail – Ohiopyle State Park. Arriving in Ohiopyle (population 60!), take your time exploring the small town and surrounding hiking trails. Perhaps add an afternoon tour of Frank Lloyd Wright’s Fallingwater, or simply sit by the falls and watch the rafters and kayakers make their way through the rapids. [Cyclists on the 5-day tour will spend the night in Ohiopyle.]

    Overnight stay in Confluence (or Ohiopyle).

    5-Day Package – Extra Day: Stay in Ohiopyle overnight, then the next day visit Frank Lloyd Wright’s Fallingwater or enjoy other Ohiopyle activities before biking another 11 miles to Confluence that night.

  3. DAY 3 Confluence to Meyersdale (31 mi.) [OR - Ohiopyle to Meyersdale 42 mi.]

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    On Day 3 the trail leads you through the dense woods and rolling farmland of Southwestern Pennsylvania. The newly opened Pinkerton Tunnel is your first of several tunnels on the GAP (use caution entering and exiting!). Ride across the Salisbury Viaduct and take a moment to pause and enjoy the spectacular view. End the day in the sweet town of Meyersdale (home of the Pennsylvania Maple Festival).

    Overnight stay in Meyersdale.

  4. DAY 4 Meyersdale to Cumberland (32 mi.)

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    After a full breakfast at your B&B, get ready for a special treat on your last day on the Great Allegheny Passage. Today’s highlight are the incredible views to be found at the top of the Eastern Continental Divide – you can see three states on clear days! Even better, after you’ve had your fill of the view you can spend the afternoon enjoying 20 miles of gentle downhill riding (1.75% grade). The trail here follows alongside the Maryland Scenic Railroad line; watch for the historic steam engines which still runs on some days.

    Meet your shuttle in Canal Place – at the end of the GAP trail – and relax on your ride back to Pittsburgh.

GAP

Start: Pittsburgh OR Cumberland
Distance: 150 miles
Includes: lodging, luggage shuttling, one-way transfer
Optional: bike rental


"The best biking experience ever!" - Lynda A.

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