Bowest Bridge

Bowest Bridge

The 731-foot Bowest Bridge carries GAP travelers over active railroad tracks owned by the Southwestern Pennsylvania Railroad.  Visible from the bridge are the Youghiogheny River as it exits Ohiopyle State Park, glimpses of nearby Connellsville, and a county water treatment plant.  Just past the east portal is the intersection with a two-mile segment of the Sheepskin Trail, which links to Dunbar, Pa. 

Bridge History

This plate-girder and through-truss bridge was constructed for the Western Maryland Railway in 1912, and was converted to bicycle and pedestrian use in 1994.  

Visitor Information

Open daily, dusk to dawn.  The nearest easy parking is at the GAP trailhead in Connellsville.  A small lot at the end of Riverside Drive also provides an access point. 

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