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Biking 150 miles of the GAP Trail

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    Biking 150 miles of the GAP Trail

    Special Interest: BikingGreat OutdoorsHikingOutdoor PlayRunningSportsSports - FitnessSports - PullSports - WinterWalking

    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
    Website: Link
    Maps & Access: Map
    Start: Cumberland, MD 39.649859, -78.763565 Map
    End: Pittsburgh, PA 40.441887, -80.013234 Map
    Terrain: Gravel (Crushed Limestone)
    Elevation: Chart
    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.


    Help a fellow dog owner! Do you have an adventure story? Contact us and we will link it to this pawtivity or event! Where did you go? What did you do? Please include any useful tips and advice that would help others!

    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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