EVENTS (RUNNING, BIKING, OTHER) AND GROUP RIDE PERMIT 

Special Activities Permit Agreement
For Use of the Great Allegheny Passage for Organized Group Rides

Permits are required for ALL commercial activities or organized group activities (e.g. fundraising rides) taking place on the Great Allegheny Passage. Special activities include any ride where participants are being charged a fee to participate or with a group larger than 25 participants. If the event charges a fee but is sponsored by a non-profit organization, it may be exempt from a permit fee. If a group wishes to set up tables, signs, rest/transition areas on trail property or host an event on the trail, please indicate needs and the appropriate local trail organization will contact you directly.

If your event will be in Ohiopyle State Park, between Confluence (mile 62) and Connellsville (mile 88), a Commercial Use License may be required. A one-time or long term agreement is available. To secure this license, please contact the State Park directly: P.O. Box 105 Ohiopyle PA 15470, email ohiopylesp@state.pa.us or call Ohiopyle State Park office at 724-329-8591.

Important Rules and Guidelines

  • Trail is open from dawn to dusk
  • Ride SINGLE FILE when passing, stay right, pass on left
  • Maximum speed is 15 mph
  • By state law, cyclists under the age of 12 must wear helmets
  • No vehicles powered by internal combustion are permitted on the trail, except for maintenance and emergency purposes
  • Wheelchairs and similar devices built specifically for mobility disabilities are allowed
  • Other power-driven mobility devices, not specifically designed for disabilities, may be used in Pennsylvania, provided:
    • Motors on electric vehicles are 750 watts or less
    • Devices weigh less than 100 lbs.
    • Device are no more than 36" wide
    • Devices have fully operating pedals
  • No fires or camping, except in designated areas
  • Consumption of alcohol is prohibited
  • Leash and control your pet; please remove pet waste
  • Horseback riding is permitted in designated areas only
  • Keep to the right. Pass on the left
  • Give an audible signal when passing other trail users
  • Stay on the trail and please respect private property
  • For emergencies, call 911

ORGANIZED GROUP RIDE PERMIT APPLICATIONS FOR THE GREAT ALLEGHENY PASSAGE - please contact the trail officials listed below:

Cumberland, MD to State Line (Allegany County, MD)  aworkman@alleganygov.org 

State Line to Confluence, PA (Somerset County, PA)  pylel@co.somerset.pa.us

Ohiopyle State Park (Contact the park office directly) kbisbee@pa.gov

Connellsville to McKeesport, PA (Regional Trail Corporationregionaltrails@comcast.net

City of McKeesport (City of McKeesport, PA)  https://www.mckeesport-pa.gov/

McKeesport to Homestead (Regional Trail Corporation)  regionaltrails@comcast.net   

City of Pittsburgh https://pittsburghpa.gov/index.html

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Homestead, PA 15120

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