Great Allegheny Passage and C&O Canal 6-Day Bike Tour
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.
Ride Car-Free on One of the Most Beautiful Rail-Trails in the World
The initial 125 miles of this tour are on the Great Allegheny Passage from Pittsburgh to Cumberland, MD, located on abandoned railroad beds. The final 184 miles from Cumberland, MD to downtown Washington, DC, are on the C&O Canal Towpath, which is the heart of the C&O Canal National Park. You will not believe the tranquility and the beauty of this park; located in the middle of the suburban east coast.
Talk about bucket list opportunities; your journey will visit, three states, PA, MD, WV and the District of Columbia, and pass through four national parks, C&O Canal, Antietam Battlefield, Harpers Ferry and Rock Creek Park.
Tour Rating: 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.
While the grade is quite friendly, keep in mind that the daily mileage averages more than 55 miles a day. To maximize your enjoyment of the tour, riders will want to average 9 miles an hour.
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.
Want more info? Ask for the GAP and C&O Bike Tour Itinerary.
If you have any questions, please call us at 800-272-4141.
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: