Great Allegheny Passage

Biking The Great Allegheny Passage / GAP trail

Great Allegheny Passage Waterfall

What is this Great Allegheny Passage Trail thing???  It is a car free, Rails-to-Trails, trail that is 150 miles long connecting Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania to Cumberland, Maryland.  In Cumberland, it connects with the C & O Canal Towpath that is a car free trail extending 184.5 miles to Washington, D.C.  This system provides 330 miles of interconnected bike dedicated trail, allowing you to bike from Pittsburgh to Washington D.C.

Wilderness Voyageurs offers a number of ways for you to experience these trails and parks.

Join one of our Inn to Inn Fully Supported bike tours, where we take are of everything, meals, lodging, moving your luggage, rest stops, even cleaning your bike.  There are a number of options for touring the Great Allegheny Passage, choose the one that suits your pedaling style.  

6 days exploring the Great Allegheny Passage and C&O canal between Pittsburgh and Washington DC.  

4 Day Great Allegheny Passage end to end tour  Bike every mile of the GAP from Homestead, Pennsylvania to Cumberland, Maryland

3 Day EZ Rider Tour of the GAP & C&O Canal  A great introduction to fully supported biking vacations.

If you are looking for a day outing on the trail, Ohiopyle is the place to start.  We offer a fleet of 100 bikes to choose from, cruisers, mountain bikes, hybrids, and kids bikes and tandems are also available

Riding the Great Allegheny Passage through Ohiopyle PA is spectacularly beautiful! You'll pass through Ohiopyle state park, enjoying views of the Yough River, waterfalls and streams flowing into the Youghiogheny. The GAP trail is beautiful any time of the year. Visit the end of July and you'll see the Rhododendrons in full glory. Visit in December and you might get to enjoy a cross country ski if there is too much snow to bike.

From Ohiopyle, you can bike upstream (towards Confluence, PA) or downstream  (towards Connellsvile & eventually Pittsburgh, PA) along the Youghiogheny River. Choose either direction - you can't go wrong!

 

Biking the GAP from Ohiopyle to Connellsville

If you pedal downstream, you can entertain yourselves watching rafters try to navigate the class III waters of the Lower Yough. You will wind through the park, eventually reaching Connelsville in 18 miles. Remember - what you ride out - you have to ride back!

 

Biking the GAP from Ohiopyle to Confluence

Pedaling upstream towards Confluence following Middle Yough is a popular direction. After a relatively easy 11 miles, you can lunch at a selection of restaurants or enjoy ice-cream from Suders. If you do stop for lunch - try the Lucky Dog Cafe.


Great Allegheny Passage bridge Ohiopyle

Pedal & Paddle

Another great option is the Pedal and Paddle! Ride the GAP toward Confluence. We'll meet you at the Ramcat Launch Area (which you'll reach before the town of Confluence). Here we'll take your bikes, give you a river safety talk and set you off downstream in a raft. It's a very fun day! Albeit - you'll be tired by the end, but very satisfied. You'll want to pack a lunch to enjoy whenever you get hungry. 

 

 

The trail surface is crushed limestone. Road bikes, comfort bikes, & hybird bikes all work. If the trail is soft after rain, a road bike might not be the best option. Always remember to pack a spare tire!

Wilderness Voyageurs rents bikes by the hour or by the day and is open year round. If it's 60 and sunny in January - you bet you can rent a bike!

Other Great Allegheny Passage Biking Options....Consider a Bike Tour!

 

Considering riding from Pittsburgh to Washington DC on your own. Check out Bike C&O and Bike GAP  for helpful information

Call 800-272-4141 to book your bike tour or ask questions about biking in the area. Our outfitter store is open year round, so stop by when you're in the area! It's a great resource for questions about bike and other options in Ohiopyle State Park.

 

Our Great Allegheny Passage Blog explores all sides of the GAP, stay tuned into what is happening along the trail festivals, flowers and bike stuff.

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