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Great Allegheny Passage Trail, MD & PA
Biking 150 miles of the GAP Trail
Biking 150 miles of the GAP Trail
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The Great Allegheny Passage Trail (GAP Trail) is the longest rails-to-trails east of the Mississipi River at over 150 miles through Pennsylvania and Maryland. The trail starts in Cumberland, MD and ends in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.
The trail is made of fine crushed limestone and suitable for all bikes, but better for hybrid or mountain bikes. Many use this trail for biking, hiking, horseback riding (designated areas), cross-country skiing, and snowshoeing. Dogs must be on leash. No motorized vehicles are allowed on the trail. Electric mobility devices are allowed with slight restrictions.
Great Allegheny Passage Trail Quick Links
Pawtivity Listing: Essential info & tips for dog owners. Link
Maps & Access: Map
Start: Cumberland, MD 39.649859, -78.763565 Map
End: Pittsburgh, PA 40.441887, -80.013234 Map
Terrain: Gravel (Crushed Limestone)
Dog Policy: Dogs must be leashed. Info
Motor Vehicles: Not Allowed, Electric mobility devices have restrictions.
The Great Allegheny Passage Trail is open year-round from dawn to dusk. Maps and elevation changes of the trail are available on the Great Allegheny Passage website. There’s a printable map available as well.
If you are choosing a westbound path to go on with your dog, we would avoid the Cumberland, MD to Deal, MD route. Obviously, if going eastbound, it would be between Connellsville, PA and Deal, MD. You can find a trail access area on the GAP Trail website. Shuttles are also available in certain cities along the trail.
The Great Allegheny Passage Trail starts and ends at:
Cumberland Visitor Center – C&O Canal National Historial Park
Western Maryland Railroad Station
13 Canal St, Cumberland, MD 21502
GPS Coordinates 39.649859, -78.763565 Map
This is actually the end point of the Chesapeake & Ohio Canal Towpath Trail.
Great Allegheny Passage (Western Terminus)
Three Rivers Heritage Trail
Pittsburgh, PA 15222
GPS Coordinates 40.441887, -80.013234 Map
Interested in camping? There are many campgrounds along the way.
The Great Allegheny Passage Trail actually connects to the 184.5 mile Chesapeake & Ohio (C&O – http://bikewashington.org/canal/) Canal Towpath Trail at Cumberland, Maryland all the way to in Washington, DC for a total of 335 miles. The C&O trail is very flat (1.4% average grade) so a perfect option for dogs and families.
The Montour Trail will connect to the Great Allegheny Passage Trail at McKeesport, PA and go towards Pittsburgh International Airport and Coraopolis.
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Location: Pittsburgh | Homestead | McKeesport | Boston | West Newton | Connellsville | Ohiopyle | Confluence | Rockwood | Meyersdale | Deal | Frostburg | Cumberland | Maryland | Pennsylvania
Activities: Walking, Biking, Mountain Biking, Running, Snowshoeing, Cross-Country Skiing, Mushing
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