About the Allegheny Trail Alliance

Founded in 1995, the Allegheny Trail Alliance (ATA) is a coalition of seven trail organizations in southwestern Pennsylvania and western Maryland that is charged with promoting and enhancing the Great Allegheny Passage, a 150-mile multiple use rail-trail system between Cumberland, Md. and Pittsburgh, Pa. and the 52-mile Montour Trail to provide a connection to the Pittsburgh International Airport. Completed in 2013, the GAP connects to the 184.5 mile C&O Canal Towpath in Cumberland and provides a non-motorized, nearly level trail system between Pittsburgh and Washington, D.C. The Great Allegheny Passage section from Cumberland to Ohiopyle is a segment of the Potomac Heritage National Scenic Trail, one of eight nationally designated scenic trails. The ATA member trail organizations are:

Allegheny Trail Alliance
P.O. Box 228
Homestead, PA 15120

Our Board of Directors & Staff


Brett Hollern (President) At-Large, Pennsylvania Environmental Council 

Valerie Beichner (Vice President) At-Large, Friends of the Riverfront

Ken Bisbee (Treasurer) Ohiopyle State Park 

Darla Cravotta (Secretary) Allegheny County, PA


Dave Brewton: At-Large, Hazelwood Initiative

Dave Cotton: Allegany County, Maryland

Kristin Ecker: At-Large, Laurel Highlands Visitors Bureau

Deborah Fisher: At-Large, Levi Deal Mansion 

Jerry Green: At-Large, Steel Valley Trail Council

Joe Hoffman: At-Large, Mountain Maryland Trails 

Cathy McCollom:  At-Large, Somerset County Rails-to-Trails Association

Jack Paulik:  Regional Trail Corporation 

Lindsay Pyle: Parks and Trails Director, Somerset County, PA 

Rachel Sager: At-Large, Rachel Sager Mosaics 

Don Thobaben: At-Large, Montour Trail Council 

Jacob Weiland: Point State Park 

City of Pittsburgh is not yet appointed.


Bryan Perry, Executive Director
Doug Riegner, Director of Community Relations

  • GAP Trail App

    Explore the GAP Trail and C&O Canal trail in a whole new way! Log your trips, review amenities and keep up to date on trail news.
  • TrailGuide

    The official dining & lodging guide for the Great Allegheny Passage® and C&O Canal. Packed with places to eat and stay, maps, and points of interest!
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The Great Allegheny Passage ® (GAP) rail-trail offers 150 miles of hiking and biking from Cumberland MD to Pittsburgh,PA.


P.O. Box 228
Homestead, PA 15120