Easy Rider GAP and C&O Canal Bike Tour

Catch the Highlights of the Great Allegheny Passage and C&O Canal

Introducing the C&O Canal Towpath and Great Allegheny Passage

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.


Great Allegheny Passage Rail Trail

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.

C&O Canal Towpath

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.


Want to learn more about the rich history of the C&O Canal Towpath, beginning with none other than George Washington?

Read our in-depth blog post on the C&O Canal Towpath History here. 

Tour Highlights

Colonel Crawford’s cabin

Youghiogheny River Gorge

Frank Lloyd Wright's Fallingwater

Salisbury Viaduct

Eastern Continental Divide

Lodging Options

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.

“Great tour, accommodations, food and guides on our 3-day rails to trails trip!.”

~Susan, TripAdvisor

Trip Information


Trip Length - Days

Tour Type
Rail Trail
New York Finger Lakes Bike Tour
Tour Rating
New York Finger Lakes Bike Tour Elevation
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Daily Mileage

Check In Location
Ohiopyle, PA
PA bike tour route
Tour Area
SAG Vehicle New York Finger Lakes Bike Tour
Support & Gear Vehicle

Minimum Age


2 Breakfasts | 3 Lunches
2 Dinners

  • PP Double Occupancy

  • Single Supplement*

  • Bike Rental


*This is required if you are traveling solo or if you are traveling with someone but require separate beds.


Select your departure date and click to reserve your bike tour!

  • 2019 Dates
    • May 6, 2019 Sold Out!
    • June 30, 2019 Sold Out!
    • July 10, 2019 Sold Out!
    • July 28, 2019 Sold Out!
    • Sept 4, 2019 Sold Out!
    • Sept 8, 2019 Sold Out!

    To be placed on a waitlist, please follow the ‘Request Itinerary’ button below & send us a message or call our office number below to speak to one of our reservation staff. We may open additional tours, and those on the waitlist receive priority on future tours.

    Consider our 4 -day Great Allegheny Passage tour as an alternative.  It has similar daily mileages, and is a laid back tour designed to really enjoy every mile of the GAP.

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