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.

  • GAP Relay

    Run wild! Register now for the amazing GAP Relay, a 150-mile team running event from Pittsburgh to Cumberland, sponsored by UPMC Health Plan.
  • TrailGuide

    The Official Guide to Traveling the C&O Canal Towpath and Great Allegheny Passage. Packed with itineraries, lodging and dining options, and a weatherproof map of both trails.


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