This is an unbeatable introduction to the charm and history of the Great Allegheny Passage and the C&O Canal Towpath, as well as bike touring vacations. You’ll have plenty of time to explore and enjoy the small towns and amazing cultural and historical sites, including Fallingwater, Salisbury Viaduct and the Paw Paw Tunnel. This tour has been designed for the novice cyclist to enjoy, while intermediate cyclists will have the opportunity to ride additional miles or have extra discovery and relaxing time.
Your journey begins in Ohiopyle as we head “downhill” on the GAP ( Great Allegheny Passage) towards Cedar Creek in the “Yough” Valley. The near -level trail constructed on old railroad bed with a maximum 2% grade and a smooth crushed limestone surface- translates into mile melting easy riding. From there, you will spend the next day along the Casselman River crossing beautiful iron bridges created by the railroads as we descend from the Allegheny Front to Cumberland, Maryland- the Queen City.
The third day you will be introduced to the C & O Canal towpath and the Potomac River. This National Park extends from Cumberland to Washington D.C. 184 miles of canal that was built to bring goods from the interior to the port of Washington. You will sample the western portion of this trail, witnessing the engineering marvel of the canal, epitomized by the Paw Paw tunnel.
Custom bike tour departures are available for groups of 6 or more.
Read our in-depth blog post on the C&O Canal Towpath History here.
Colonel Crawford’s cabin
Youghiogheny River Gorge
Frank Lloyd Wright's Fallingwater
Eastern Continental Divide
Trillium Lodge, Ohiopyle PA
Fairfield Inn & Suites
Day 1: Begin your ride by passing through quaint river and rail towns, following the Youghiogheny River through the gorge, surrounded by Ohiopyle State Park. Return to the Trillium Lodge for a homemade gourmet dinner.
Day 2: Spend the morning touring Frank Lloyd Wright’s famous masterpiece “Fallingwater,” and continue through the Big Savage Tunnel and downward to Cumberland, MD, passing over the Eastern Continental Divide as well as the Mason-Dixon Line.
Day 3: Get a taste of the C&O Canal on today’s ride, passing through the historic Paw Paw Tunnel and passing over the impressive stonework of the canal’s many aqueducts and lock systems.
2 Breakfasts | 3 Lunches
PP Double Occupancy
*This is required if you are traveling solo or if you are traveling with someone but require separate beds.