Hi, myjeep123. What would you like to know about this attraction? I biked the c & o last year but was disappointed in the remoteness, Potomac sludge and water pumps dry. This year I am planning to bike Pittsburg to Cumberland. Can you tell me of B&B's to stay in. Last year camped. Also is it more populated and more scenic? I am planning 3 nights 4 days. Will shuttle bikes fromm Cumberland to Pitts. aroung mid May. Thanks. Ellen
Hi, Ellen, the Great Allegheny Passage from Pittsburgh to Cumberland is smooth and flat, with both campgrounds and lodging (inns, B&B's, guesthouses) in towns like Confluence, Meyersdale, and Connellsville, along the way. Our TrailGuide publication can help you plan your whole through-trip.
I have not biked the C&O save for area near Washington, DC. I biked the Great Allegheny Passage from Pittsburg to Cumberland and lI did it over 4 days three nights as you are planning to d\do. The way I went is the upgrade until about 23 miles outside of Cumberland. I wanted to do it the way you are planning but one of my friend that I did it with wanted more of a challenge. I made it but I was slower than I would have liked so it was biking most of day and as I am 72 that meant I was not up for sightseeing—and there are things to see along the way. I think if you are doing it the right direction. The trail is not paved except for a distance just outside Pittsburg. However it is really so compacted it was close to being paved so the ride was good. One of our group used a road bike and he did not have any tire issues. I used a hybrid bike and wished I had used my carbon road bike as it was much lighter in weight. The scenery is absolutely beautiful. Great river views over most of the trip. As you get near Pittsburg it will be less attractive but that is only about 32 of the 149 miles. It is remote and I found save for breakfast food along the way was not very good—more like biking in Northern England than Italy, Spain or France. For places to stay I recommend, Bright Morning Inn in West Newton. It was very nice and included breakfast was wonderful. That would work for your night 3. We stayed at a motel in Ohiopyle the second night and it was terrible. So I can’t help you for your night 2. We stayed in Meyersdale the last night at Yoder’s Guest House. It was a great stay as well—it included a continental breakfast that was fine. I paid for more as i needed substance not cereal and bread. Ohiopyle was beautiful place so I hope you can find a good place to stay there. I hope this reply is helpful.
We would recommend Two B&B's along the GAP Trail:
The Inn at Lenoras
Levi Deal Mansion
I’m sorry that I don’t know about B&B in the area.
We rode from Pgh to DC last August. Pgh to Cumberland is more populated. Plan to spend some time in Ohiopyle a little touristy town. Also for something different we enjoyed the Hostel in Rockwood. It was an experience. Trail is uphill until the Great Divide and the downhill into Cumberland is so much fun.
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