Great Allegheny Passage

Great Allegheny Passage, Cumberland: Hours, Address, Great Allegheny Passage Reviews: 5/5

Great Allegheny Passage
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Biking Trails • Hiking Trails
12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
Monday
12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
Tuesday
12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
Wednesday
12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
Thursday
12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
Friday
12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
Saturday
12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
Sunday
12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
About
The Great Allegheny Passage soars over valleys, snakes around mountains, and skirts alongside three rolling rivers on its nearly level path from Cumberland, Md. to Pittsburgh. Cyclists pass through the Cumberland Narrows, cross the Mason-Dixon Line, top the Eastern Continental Divide, wind their way through Pennsylvania’s breathtaking Laurel Highlands, journey through the region’s coke, coal, mining, and steel-making corridor, and end at Pittsburgh’s majestic Point State Park. Stunning views of waterfalls, gorges, river valleys, and farmland are everywhere, especially from outside the Big Savage Tunnel, from the sweeping Salisbury Viaduct, at both ends of the Pinkerton Tunnel, and via the Ohiopyle High and Low Bridges. Riders overlook the joining of rivers at Confluence, McKeesport, and Pittsburgh, and can explore adjoining peninsulas, state parks, hollows, wildflower stands, and forests on foot at many places along the trail.
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SusieDee1
Plymouth, MI90 contributions
Cumberland to Frostberg and Back
Jun 2021 • Couples
Nicely maintained packed gravel trail. Slight grade up for the 16 miles to Frostberg. Mostly shaded in the morning. Awesome cruising on the way back! Have lunch at the Princess Cafe in Frostberg. Had a very nice day.
Written June 14, 2021
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🎓🤓 Keep Life Simple 🤓🎓
Pittsburgh, PA33,655 contributions
Great walk
Oct 2020
A fantastic Trail, I just walked sections of it, The section from Smiton to West newton is an excellent walk. You can stop in many towns and get a meal or A bed and breakfast for the night. The Youghiogheny River is beautiful
Written January 17, 2021
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Wendy B
Washington DC, DC16 contributions
Thanks to all the volunteers & groups that make the GAP GREAT!
Oct 2020
What a beautiful, well maintained trail. You could see how much effort goes into the upkeep, not to mention the costs. THANK YOU for all those who worked to make it happen and those who keep it up- a wonderful socially-distanced vacation experience that I would do again and highly recommend!
Written October 20, 2020
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Dave E
Mohnton, PA130 contributions
A real treasure!
Oct 2020
150 miles of well maintained trail between Cumberland and Pittsburgh. My favorite section was the 34 miles nearest Cumberland: Viaducts, Tunnels, Bridges, the Eastern Continental Divide, views, and more! We rode almost all of the GAP, in both directions, on road bikes with 28 mm tires.
Written October 17, 2020
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Karen S
Pennsylvania289 contributions
Enjoyable bike ride
Sep 2020
We rode the portion of the Great Allegheny Passage from Frostburg to the Eastern Continental Divide. Although most of the rails to trails we ride in PA are asphalt, the ride here is mostly smooth stone (crushed limestone). It slowed us down a little but we had the whole day to waste. It was a slight uphill journey but a very interesting one. The Mason-Dixon line was neat and the views near the Big Savage Tunnel were awesome. Only complaints were the young couple walking the 4 dogs near the divide were leaving their dogs waste on the trail as they walked and older gentleman than almost ran head-on into my husband in the "lighted" tunnel.
Written September 20, 2020
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Gayle G
Shrewsbury, MA289 contributions
Epic bike trip
Sep 2020
I biked the GAP immediately after the C&O canal, from Cumberland to Pittsburgh. Purchase the official TrailGuide for $10 prior to planning your trip. My son and I biked 61 miles uphill to Confluence the first day and the remaining 86 miles to Pittsburgh the second day. I would stay in Ohiopyle over Confluence if I did it again. Ohiopyle is beautiful. Don’t let the elevation map scare you. It is a very gentle 1.5% incline to the Eastern Continental Divide. The Mason Dixon line was cool to see. There is also a bike oriented sculpture park in Frostberg. We saw lots of wildlife: a goat, deer, pheasants, turkey. Stop at the visitor center in Myersdale to see the model trains and the visitor center in West Newton for any souveniers. The trail is very well maintained with a fine sand over hardpacked dirt. Virtually no holes. The last part from Boston to Pittsburgh is paved. This is where we encountered the most people. It also happened to be a Saturday. The nature along the trail is beautiful with stunning bridges and cool tunnels. I will do this trail again.
Written September 13, 2020
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Kent H
McLean, VA66 contributions
Excellent rail ride
Jul 2020
We rode from Pittsburgh to Cumberland. Parked our car in Cumberland and had Wilderness Outfitters shuttle us up to Pittsburgh so we can ride back to Cumberland. We enjoyed doing it this direction. It never felt like we were going uphill because the grade is so gentle - maybe 1 percent in places. From the Eastern Continental Divide down to Cumberland the grade is a bit steeper and we enjoyed the coasting down hill. We spent a night at Wyndham Grand in Pittsburgh before beginning the ride and took time to ride the trails along the rivers and tour around the city. Well worth it. We then took 6 days to ride the 150 miles so we could get to our destinations before afternoon thunderstorms and also so we could spend extra time in Ohiopyle enjoying the hikes and river.
Written July 26, 2020
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SusieDee1
Plymouth, MI90 contributions
Awesome well-maintained trail.
Jul 2020 • Couples
We started in Connellsville and went up (2% grade) approximately 17 miles to Ohiopyle and back, Ohiopyle to Fort ? And back, then Rockwood to Meyersdale and back, then Meyersdale over the gap to Frostburg and back. Wonderful trail, mostly canopied, wildlife, views, places to eat. Great trip. We will be going back, and will combine with rafting in Ohiopyle.
Written July 16, 2020
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Vicki A
Brunswick, Md.1,296 contributions
LOVED, LOVED walking part of this passage! GREAT experience!
May 2020
We were SO pleased with our visit here. It was totally worth the walk and visit to the area. What gorgeous views. Easy access from town. LOVE IT!!
Written June 1, 2020
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BackPacker755028
2 contributions
Nice trail
Sep 2019
We shuttled from Pittsburgh to Meyersdale, then rode our bikes to Cumberland, shuttled back to Meyersdale and then rode back to Pittsburgh. We liked doing it this way since it was all downhill. We did it in 4 days, which required a couple of 40+ mile days, and if we had it to do over we would probably would ride fewer miles per day. The trail is very pretty, flat, well-signed and very well-maintained, except for the portion between McKeesport and Pittsburgh, which often goes through unattractive areas, has sections where the trail disappears, is often poorly signed and has lots of steep ups and downs. For the part of the trail between Cumberland and McKeesport you are usually in forest. There were occasional expansive look-outs, especially when crossing one of the spectacular trestles, but mostly it was pretty enclosed. Ohiopyle was a very enjoyable and beautiful stop. Get Out and Play provided very good, dependable shuttle service, and Sunshine Luggage Shuttle provided excellent and very reasonably priced luggage transport for all our stops along the trail.
Written December 5, 2019
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Thanks for riding and reporting out! We're glad you enjoyed your trip. The section between McKeesport and Pittsburgh was a very challenging section to build, given the built environment that for 150 years housed the country's busiest steel-making operation on which cities and armies depended, and in which multiple railroads, city streets, and residential, commerical, and industrial uses crowded together. Building a trail through this historically busy and critical geography required a bit of on-road riding (rather than having no route at all) where current business owners or topography did not allow us to build trail, and the steep ups and downs you refer to relate to the need to cross active rail lines in Duquesne, Pa. as per regulations demanded by the railroads. Of course, the forests in this area are long gone, but there are osprey, eagle, and kestrel nests to observe. Next time you're in the area, do stop at the Rivers of Steel National Heritage Area's Pump House, the site of the infamous 1892 Homestead Steel Strike.
Written December 9, 2019
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