How the Great Allegheny Passage Transformed a Region

JUN 9 2020

R T Cons. Keystone Viaduct

Rails to Trails Conservancy: How the Great Allegheny Passage Transformed a Region - by Amy Kapp

Since its formal inception in the 1990s, the 150-mile Great Allegheny Passage (GAP) ( in Southwestern Pennsylvania and Western Maryland has gone from a vision to a premier rail-trail destination in the United States.  

The effort would take nearly two decades, but the results, achieved on a cascading tidal wave of collaboration, sweat equity and unwavering persistence, would help establish a new tourism identity for the once-great industrial region, and spark a new era of entrepreneurship and ingenuity. Read more...

Photo: Keystone Viaduct along the Great Allegheny Passage just outside Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania | Photo by Milo Bateman


The Great Allegheny Passage ® (GAP) rail-trail offers 150 miles of hiking and biking from Cumberland MD to Pittsburgh,PA.


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