Rails-to-Trails Conservancy Sojourns

“Ride the Great Allegheny Passage and Montour Trail!

Spend six unforgettable days exploring two awesome trails—the legendary Great Allegheny Passage and beautiful Montour Trail—on RTC’s 2017 Pennsylvania Sojourn.Ride with Rails-to- Trails Conservancy on this six-day summer bike excursion to experience Pennsylvania’s famous scenic wilderness, charming towns, beautiful tunnels, iconic sites and can’t-miss destinations. This fully supported rail-trail adventure vacation has great food, hot showers, flexible scheduling, fun evening activities, awesome optional trips—and the added benefit of supporting America’s trails!

Tour Highlights

The highest mountain in the state: Mt. Davis

Two Frank Lloyd Wright masterpieces

Impressive historical sites

Eastern Continental Divide

Whitewater rafting

Mason-Dixon Line

Big Savage Tunnel

A commemorative T-shirt!

Pricing and Date Information

$720 6 days & 5 nights

$620 Youth Rate

Rails-to-Trails-Conservancy Sojourn 2017 Map

Daily Sojourn Itinerary

Day 1: Sunday, June 18 You will begin your six-day adventure at the Robert Morris University Island Sports Center on Neville Island in Pittsburgh, the designated parking point for the sojourn. From there, you’ll be taken by motorcoach to the Deal Trailhead of the Great Allegheny Passage (GAP)—one of the most famous rail-trails in America—you’ll have the option of biking 8 miles to the first night’s campground …



Taking an out-and-back route to see several iconic sites, including the Eastern Continental Divide, Big Savage Tunnel, Big Savage Overlook and Mason-Dixon Line monument.

Meals: Dinner

Accommodations: Camping

Day 2: Monday, June 19 Spend your day enjoying specular views as you cruise downhill on the GAP for 31 miles to the Confluence Outflow Campground. Along the way, you’ll pass under an enchanting tree tunnel.


Before heading to the campground, choose to take an uphill, on-road route to see sweeping vistas from the highest point in Pennsylvania: Mount Davis! NOTE: This challenging trip is recommended for stronger riders.

Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Accommodations: Camping

Day 3: Tuesday, June 20  Enjoy one of three fantastic excursions—and a complimentary lunch—on this layover day!

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch (included with your activity) and Dinner

Accommodations: Camping

Day 4: Wednesday, June 21 After a day of recharging, you’ll take on your longest ride day and tackle 51 miles from Confluence to the Lions Club campground in West Newton.

Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Accommodations: Camping

Day 5: Thursday, June 22 Begin your day riding first north and then west through several charming towns, on-road and on-trail, until you cross over the award-winning Monongahela River to the Montour Trail. From there, you’ll head to the welcoming small town of Cecil and camp at Cecil Township Ballfield park.

Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Accommodations: Camping

Day 6: Friday, June 23 Starting in Cecil, you’ll take a beautiful 25-mile ride on the Montour Trail and end your exciting journey back in the vibrant city of Pittsburgh.

Meals: Breakfast

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.

Meyersdale – Night 1


Levi Deal Mansion

(814) 289-7600. Surround yourself in Gilded-Age splendor as you explore Pennsylvania’s beautiful Laurel Highlands. The Levi Deal Mansion is located in the friendly, small town of Meyersdale, the Maple Syrup Capital of Pennsylvania, a few blocks from the Great Allegheny Passage hiking and biking trail.


Yoder’s Guest House

(814) 634-8791 Yoder’s Guest House offers 5 guest rooms, each with a private bath. Our 3rd floor rooms and suite can be uniquely configured to accommodate a family or a larger group. In the morning please enjoy the complimentary continental breakfast.


Morguen Toole Home

This 1925 huge brick home has been beautifully restored and converted into a cozy Bed & Breakfast. Blending warm decor, antique oak trims and modern amenities, your stay with us is guaranteed to be an enjoyable escape from the daily grind.


Confluence – Night 2 & 3


River’s Edge Bed & Breakfast

(814) 395-5059. Guest rooms with double beds, complimentary breakfast served in the café next door. 203 Yough Street, Confluence, 20 minutes from Ohiopyle and on the bike trail.


The Stepping Stone Bed & Breakfast

(814-395-9988) Located on 31 private acres in Confluence, PA near the ATA bike trail. 140 Stepping Stone Lane Confluence, PA 15424


Hanna House

Beautiful Farm like setting. Guest Rooms Double & Single sizes available. Full Breakfast and only 20 minutes from Ohiopyle. 1790 Listenberg Rd Confluence, PA. 15424 Phone: 814.395.9466


The Yough Tree House & The Yough River House

For groups of 2 to 6 people, this is a true find! Located in Confluence along the Yough, enjoy a beautiful deck overlooking the river, hot tub & custom home.

West Newton – Night 4

Bright Morning Bed and Breakfast

We invite you to a relaxing stay at any of our adjacent lodging properties and take advantage of our great location in beautiful West Newton, PA.

Night 5

Unfortunately there are no bed and breakfast or hotels in the vicinity of our camping location for the final night. Camping is the only option.