Rails-to-Trails Conservancy Sojourns

Presenting Rails-to-Trails Conservancy’s Sojourn!

In 2017 the Sojourn will celebrate the connectivity of the Montour Trail & the Great Allegheny Passage.

Travel the rails of the past through small towns and beautiful countrysides, thanks to Rails-to-Trails Conservancy’s national efforts to convert railroad tracks to scenic trails.  The tour includes great food, camping, hot showers and huge fun, all for a great cause!

 

Wilderness Voyageurs is the exclusive tour operator of RTC’s annual Sojourn. With more than 50 years of guiding experience in outdoor adventures, Wilderness Voyageurs is a capable, friendly expert in exceptional touring adventures on our nation’s rail trails.

Pricing and Date Information:

Pennsylvania Sojourn Itinerary
$720 6 days & 5 nights

Rails-to-Trails-Conservancy Sojourn 2017 MapDay 1: Sunday, June 18 

  • Participants arrive at the Robert Morris University Island Sports Center on Neville Island (near Coraopolis) in Pittsburgh, the designated parking point for the sojourn. Here, you’ll be taken by motorcoach to the Deal Trailhead on the Great Allegheny Passage (GAP), approximately 2.5 hours away.
  • Riders will have the option of either biking 8 miles directly northwest to Meyersdale, Pennsylvania, to the first night’s campground …
    OR
    Taking an out-and-back route to see the Eastern Continental Divide, Big Savage Tunnel, Big Savage Overlook and Mason-Dixon Line monument (Pennsylvania/Maryland border). Mileage from Deal to the Mason-Dixon Line and back adds 9 miles for a total of 17 miles of bike riding.
  • Meals: Dinner
  • Accommodations: Camping.


Day 2: Monday, June 19 

  • Starting from the campsite in Meyersdale, Pennsylvania, we will head downhill 31 miles on the GAP, traveling northwest to Rockwood and then southwest to Confluence Outflow Campground in Confluence, Pennsylvania.
  • You can also opt to take an uphill, on-road route to Mount Davis (the highest point in Pennsylvania!) before heading farther west to the Confluence Outflow Campground. (Up and over Mount Davis is only recommended for strong riders. It is a 23-mile trip with significant climbs.)
  • Meals: Breakfast, Dinner
  • Accommodations: Camping


Day 3: Tuesday, June 20 

  • Participants will be based at the Confluence Outflow Campground for a layover night and will have the option to do one of the following:
    • Fallingwater tour (designed by Frank Lloyd Wright)
    • Kentuck Knob tour (designed by Frank Lloyd Wright)
    • Lower Yough Class 3 rafting trip or Middle Yough Class 1 – 2 rafting trip
  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch (included with your activity) and Dinner
  • Accommodations: Camping


Day 4: Wednesday, June 21 

  • Starting from Confluence Outflow Campground, we will ride 51 miles northwest on the GAP to the Lions Club campground in West Newton, Pennsylvania.
  • Meals: Breakfast, Dinner
  • Accommodations: Camping


Day 5: Thursday, June 22 

  • Starting from Lions Club campground, we will ride 48 miles, first north and then west to Cecil, Pennsylvania, a small town between McMurry and McDonald. There are several on-road sections after Boston, including through Port Vue and Glassport and over the Monongahela River into Clairton, Pennsylvania, until you reach the Montour Trail; there are also some on-road sections of the Montour Trail.
  • From Clairton, we will continue on the Montour Trail until reaching Cecil and then camp at Cecil Township Ballfield park.
  • Meals: Breakfast, Dinner
  • Accommodations: Camping


Day 6: Friday, June 23 

  • Starting from our campsite in Cecil, we will bike north for 24.5 miles on the Montour Trail and end our journey back at our parking point at Robert Morris University Island Sports Center.

Comfy Campers
Like coffee? Want clean dry towels everyday? Need a tent or inflatable mattress? Please contact Comfy Campers. You will arrive each day to camp already set up for you with their camping packages.

What’s a Rails-to-Trails Conservancy Sojourn Like?

 

Since the first sojourn in 2001, Rails-to-Trails Conservancy has guided thousands of riders from all over America along the most scenic trail networks in Pennsylvania, West Virginia and Maryland.

 

Sojourns are designed to allow participants to stop and explore the communities and attractions along the way. You’ll be riding at your own pace, and there are frequent opportunities to stop, rest and enjoy the surroundings, which makes them rides for all ages and skill levels—from the young to the young-at-heart, aficionados to first-timers, families to freewheelers! But the events are more than just rides. Sojourns celebrate open trails while highlighting gaps in what could be longer regional systems. By “uniting” separate trails into one network through a multi-day trip, sojourns demonstrate the benefits of completing unfinished trail segments and draw attention to specific hurdles that need to be overcome.

 

Make A Difference – Join a Sojourn Ride

By participating in Rails-to-Trails Conservancy’s Sojourns, you make a concrete and lasting impact as a trail advocate and supporter of building powerful rail-trail networks in America.