Great Allegheny Passage and C&O Canal 6-Day Bike Tour
Great Allegheny Passage and C&O: Ride Car-Free on One of the Most Beautiful Rail Trails in the World (Pittsbugh, PA, to Washington, DC)
Conde Naste magazine included this unique trail system in its "most beautiful rail trail list" and you'll quickly see why. On your way from Pittsburgh, PA, to Washington, DC, the mulititude of natural, cultural and historically significant sites will astound you.
The initial 125 miles on the Great Allegheny Passage from Pittsburgh to Cumberland, Maryland, are located on abandoned railroad beds. The entire ride takes place on car-free bike trails.The final 180 miles from Cumberland to downtown Washington, DC, are on the C&O Canal Towpath, which is the heart of the C&O Canal National Park.
Tour Rating: Beginner - Intermediate
Tour Length: 6 days, 5 nights
Your 305 miles of car-free trails begin just outside of Pittsburgh, PA. It won't be long until the buildings are exchanged for a canopy of trees. We start at 761 feet in elevation, peak at 2,932 feet and end at sea level. Along the way, we will ride past remnants of the early 1900s industrial revolution when Pittsburgh Steel was king. All of this happens with a maximum grade of 2% with only a very few exceptions.
Your Personal SAG Wagon: What is this SAG thing of which you speak? Simply, it is a support and gear (SAG) van and trailer used for multi-day biking. It makes your biking day much easier. The SAG wagon moves your luggage, your food and sometimes even you! This means a light bike and flexible biking distances.
Riders rendezvous with the SAG wagon at preset locations. This gives you the ability to customize the length of your biking day. The guide operating the SAG wagon can refill your water bottle, tune your bike, or shuttle you over that hill.
Custom departures available for groups of 6 or more.
If you have any questions, please call us at 800-272-4141. If you have already reserved your bike tour, please be sure to complete your registration form.
To get an idea of the countryside and trail that you will be touring, check out our image galleries:
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Interested in more information on the history of the C&O Canal? We have some reading recommendations for you: