A Geographic Landmark
The highest point along the Great Allegheny Passage and the entire Pittsburgh-to-Washington, D.C. trip at 2,392 feet above sea level, the Eastern Continental Divide is a hydrographic divide separating the Chesapeake Bay and Mississippi River watersheds. It runs from western New York State to Florida, and as the GAP crosses from one watershed to the next, it is marked by murals depicting the Western Maryland Railway and Pittsburgh & Lake Erie Railroad on either side of an underpass below McKenzie Hollow Road between Meyersdale and Frostburg. A popular stopping point for photographs, it is often surrounded by wildflowers in the summer months and beautiful fall foliage each October.
The Eastern Continental Divide is most closely accessible via the Deal, Pa. trailhead along the GAP.