WQED The Great Ride: Landmarks Along the Trail

WQED to Premiere “The Great Ride: Landmarks Along the Trail”

By Bryan Perry |

WQED is back with more exploration of the Great Allegheny Passage, with the premiere broadcast of The Great Ride: Landmarks Along the Trail on Thursday, June 16, on WQED-TV. The documentary will also be available at www.wqed.org/ride or the PBS Video App. Prior to its TV premiere, WQED invites you to attend one of three exclusive free trail town screening events. The one-hour documentary will be screened, followed by a panel discussion and question and answer session led by WQED Producer Beth Dolinar, key members of the production team, and Great Allegheny Passage representatives and volunteers. These free screening events are Tuesday, June 7, at 6:30 pm, at The Pump House in Munhall, Thursday, June 9, at 6:30 pm at Tissue Farm in Confluence, and Friday, June 10, at 7:00 pm at The Palace Theater in Frostburg. Register for one of these free in-person screenings today at www.wqed.org/ride!

The Great Ride: Landmarks Along the Trail focuses on the 150-mile Great Allegheny Passage, beginning in Downtown Pittsburgh, and ending in Cumberland. In the new 2022 program, bikers and hikers get a more personal, up-close look as the producers identify key landmarks on the trail, exploring the significance, history, and appeal of each stop. In-depth story segments include: Point State Park’s majestic fountain; Kennywood Park, where its roller coasters nearly touch the trail; nature reserve Dead Man’s Hollow; historically-significant Dravo Cemetery; Darr Mine Disaster memorial site; Eastern Continental Divide watershed; breathtaking Salisbury Viaduct; Big Savage Tunnel; the Boy and Mule Statue that greets bikers in Cumberland, and many more treasures along the way.

The Great Ride: Landmarks Along the Trail is a sequel to WQED’s The Great Ride, which premiered in March 2018 with an exploration of one of America’s most treasured biking destinations. The documentary and accompanying online vignettes covered the
entire 333-miles of the Great Allegheny Passage and the adjoining C&O Canal Towpath; the documentary was
also recognized with a Mid-Atlantic Emmy® Award.