Join us for a seven-day bike tour through three states along the Great Allegheny Passage (GAP) and the Chesapeake & Ohio (C&O) Canal Towpath. These two historic trails connect the forks of the Ohio River in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, to the tidewater of the Potomac in Washington D.C, with 335 miles of scenic, car-free, and nearly level riding. Though the grade is friendly, the miles are high.
The 150 mile-long GAP Trail follows an abandoned railroad through tunnels and across viaducts through the Allegheny Mountains. In Cumberland, the trail joins the 185 mile-long trail C&O Canal Towpath. Meandering along the Potomac River, the towpath, which has 74 lifts to adjust for the 605 foot change in elevation, was constructed to make the river more navigable. The route is rich with history ranging from canal and railroad transportation to the Civil War.
If you're ready to ride up to 50 to 60 miles a day on dirt and crushed-gravel paths, and you are yearning to meet the challenge of the full adventure from Pittsburgh to Washington, DC, this tour is for you.
Surfaces for this tour: 25% Paved and 75% Gravel.