GAP is Open for Safe Travel

MAY 22 2020

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The Great Allegheny Passage remains open for biking, hiking, running, and exploring this spring, and COVID-19-related travel restrictions have been eased in Maryland and sections of Pennsylvania. The visitor center along the GAP in Ohiopyle State Park has reopened for limited foot traffic. Some bathrooms are open along the 150-mile corridor, but most water remains turned off, so plan on carrying extra water. The West Newton Visitor Center reopens May 23, although the Meyersdale Visitor Center remain closed out of an abundance of caution.  As for the adjacent C&O Canal Towpath, it is open for travel, with some limitations.  Visit its website for additional information.

Many lodging properties are welcoming guests; call ahead to check their status and make reservations. Restaurants are still limited to curbside or takeout service. Some essential retail establishments are reopening with limited capacity.  Bike shops are open and those that rent or repair bikes are ready for your business.

Please call ahead before making your plans, wear a mask, and be generous with tipping -- for the livelihood of neighbors who rely on tourism.

To check the status of any emergency closures or detours, please check our Trail Alert page.


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