Five bike riders in the rain near Markelton PA


With countless day trips imaginable and a nearly-level trail surface, the Great Allegheny Passage is the perfect spot for your next biking adventure.  Every mile offers super scenery, from vistas in Maryland’s mountains to open meadows in Pennsylvania’s Laurel Highlands.  Railroad history abounds, and you’ll find remnants of the coal and steel industries on which the United States was built. Parking is plentiful at trail towns, and so are refreshments like ice cream or coffee.  Picnic tables, park benches, and shady canopies make the GAP comfortable and easy to travel for anyone.         

The GAP draws bicyclists for overnight and extended trips for good reason.  Conveniently-spaced trail towns with lodging, shuttles, and dining options make it easy to ride from stop to stop.  And Amtrak’s Capitol Limited makes it easy to schedule a return trip.  Plan your long weekend with TrailGuide: The Official Guide to Traveling the C&O Canal Towpath and Great Allegheny Passage.  Or hire an outfitter to design a tour that fits your schedule and pace.