NEXT Pittsburgh by Michael Machosky - Great Allegheny Passage
How lucky are we to have a 150-mile trail that goes from Pittsburgh to Cumberland, Maryland, where it connects with the C&O Canal Towpath, which goes all the way to Washington, D.C.? It begins (or ends) at Point State Park, Downtown, and much of it lies along the Youghiogheny River in the beautiful Laurel Highlands. It passes through Ohiopyle State Park and charming small towns like Rockwood, Confluence and Meyersdale, all of which have bike shops and places to eat (and often ice cream). Built on abandoned railroads, the trail is fairly level and accessible to bicyclists of all skill levels. A canopy of lush greenery offers shade for a good part of it, and you can stop at lots of places and dip your toes in the river. Read More..