The trail is nearly level and universally accessible; thus, people of most ages and physical conditions can use it. Consider your own physical condition when deciding on the length of your trip. Walkers usually can do from two to three miles an hour. Hikers with packs may average less. Bicyclists average seven to ten miles. Most people are able to walk or ride for multiple day and "Thru Treks." When planning a long bicycle trip, it's a good idea to do some riding in advance. In particular, it's a good idea to ride two or three days in a row a few times. Some of your preparation rides should be as long as the daily distances you plan for the trip.

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    The official dining & lodging guide for the Great Allegheny Passage® and C&O Canal. Packed with places to eat and stay, maps, and points of interest!
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The Great Allegheny Passage ® (GAP) rail-trail offers 150 miles of hiking and biking from Cumberland MD to Pittsburgh,PA.


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Homestead, PA 15120