The great allegheny passage trail book
An Uncommon Passage: Traveling through History on the Great Allegheny Passage Trail by Edward MullerThe Great Allegheny Passage Trail forms a hiking and biking route stretching approximately 150 miles from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, to Cumberland, Maryland, where it connects with the C&O Canal Towpath to reach Washington, DC. The trail is the culmination of many years of work by the Allegheny Trail Alliance, which joined seven separate trail organizations from Pennsylvania and Maryland to acquire and develop the land. Formerly an Indian path, trade route, military road, railway link, and part of the original National Road-the trail is truly a path to American history.
An Uncommon Passage guides readers through the fascinating story of this trail, as a critical link in the western expansion of colonial America, and a pathway to the development of the Southwestern Pennsylvania region. The book explores the British outposts and forts, early settlers and frontier life, developing towns and cities, rise and predominance of industry, later environmentalism and preservation, natural resources, rivers, flora and geological features that comprise the trail and its environs.
The engaging narrative is complemented by an extensive selection of historical illustrations and the contemporary photography of Paul g. Wiegman, all of which reveal the stunning scenery and pictorial history of the region. An Uncommon Passage offers a journey through both time and space to capture the heritage and surroundings of a region that would grow to prosper and help build a nation.
Great Allegheny Passage 2018: Arrival and Day 1, Cumberland to Rockwood
Biking through History on the Great Allegheny Passage Trail
Connellsville was once bustling with coal and coke production and known as the "Coke Capital of the World. The park features several picturesque waterfalls, miles of hiking trails, and wonderful vistas overlooking the Laurel Highlands. Visit the Laurel Highlands Falls Area Visitors Center, located along the water, with interactive displays, and spend some time in charming shops along Sherman Street. Shop for antiques, get a sweet treat, or stay for excellent entertainment. Enjoy the view from the Salisbury Viaduct, a long bridge built in with an expansive panorama of Somerset County. Be sure to check out the restored Western Maryland Railway Station, just north of the viaduct. Things to Do.
We begin with answers to the questions that people most often ask when they start to think about the trip, followed by suggestions about things to plan for and ideas about itineraries. At the end, we list services and amenities you may find helpful and give a table of distances between towns. With few exceptions, we include all the services we know about mid that are within reasonable cycling distance of the trail. If you have a support car you can range farther afield, but other guides provide better coverage of those larger areas than we can possibly hope to. To help you plan the classic trip between Pittsburgh and Washington -- or a shorter trip along this route -- we have brought together information that will help you plan your trip. You can order the book from us using the order form or from Amazon. For information on food, bike shops, camping, and indoor lodging on the ATA trails between Pittsburgh and Cumberland, see the list of amenities associated with the trail maps.
TrailGuide is the official, authorized visitor's guide for the Great Allegheny Passage and C&O Canal Towpath, covering two scenic trails - one amazing journey.
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Bike from Washington DC to Cumberland MD to Pittsburgh PA!
The Great Allegheny Passage GAP is an iconic rail-trail that runs miles from Cumberland, Maryland, to Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, and was built in partnership between state agencies and many local trail groups and volunteers. Learn more about how you can support the GAP at gaptrail. Ever since the Great Allegheny Passage opened in , overnight bicycle riders and backpackers have flocked to the mile rail-trail in Western Pennsylvania. The welcoming small towns along the route lure travelers with lodging, camping, markets and dining. Trail users marvel at the awesome scenery along one of the longest rail-trails in the United States. The biggest allure might be the ability to travel off-road for miles all the way from Pittsburgh to Washington, D.
And, that is why we are here. The following page will address the questions that you may have about the trip, the trail, our services and more. And of course, you can always call us at We are here to help! The steepest eastbound grade — 0. The steepest westbound grade is from Cumberland to Deal at 1. From that point going east, the trail drops 1, feet in 24 miles to reach Cumberland and, going west, it drops 1, feet in miles to reach Pittsburgh.
This trail follows the route of the old Western Maryland Railroad and several other defunct railroad companies from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, to Cumberland, Maryland. This mile trail is the fourth longest rail trail in the United States and offers stunning views of southwestern Pennsylvania and western Maryland. The Great Allegheny Passage took nearly 30 years to complete, with the first nine miles near Ohiopyle completed in and the last section, from West Homestead to downtown Pittsburgh, completed in June I completed the Great Allegheny Passage in May with my wife and nearly two-year-old son. We are not avid bikers, having never biked more than 25 miles in a day.