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USAToday Names GAP among Top Ten Recreational Trails

By Bryan Perry |

An expert panel and the input of readers combined to name the Great Allegheny Passage among USAToday’s Top Ten Recreational Trails for 2024!  Its editors note that “those who venture out on the GAP are rewarded with gorgeous mountain views” between Cumberland and Downtown Pittsburgh, with 16 bridges to cross along the way. Plan a trip with the latest edition of TrailGuide: The Official Guide to Traveling the C&O Canal Towpath and Great Allegheny Passage, available now at for just $15.  A removeable weatherproof map, mileage and elevation table, and town directories are all inside.  Proceeds benefit emergency maintenance along your journey.