The GAP Trail is on the bucket list of many cyclists for good reason. This bike tour from Maryland to Pennsylvania with spectacular views and peaceful surroundings will thrill you. The wide crushed-gravel trail follows a railroad grade the full distance, with views of the Allegheny Mountains and the Casselman, Youghiogheny and Monongahela rivers. Our route ends in downtown Pittsburgh at the famous “three rivers” confluence of the Monongahela, Allegheny and Ohio Rivers.
We start with a shuttle to Cumberland, MD, with stop for a tour and lunch at Fallingwater, one of Frank Lloyd Wright’s most famous buildings. After lunch you take a shakeout ride up to the Eastern Continental Divide. The first three days are deep in the Allegheny Mountains, highlighted by the beautiful Ohiopyle State Park. We’ll also visit the Flight 93 National Memorial near Shanksville, PA.
In addition to the opportunity to ride all 150 miles of the GAP Trail, we’ll do a ride on the C&O Canal Trail on the first day out of Cumberland, MD. Our final day will allow you to see the transition from rural Pennsylvania through the evolving river corridors of Pittsburgh with a triumphant finish at the revitalized downtown area with its famous sports stadiums.
To fully experience the splendor of the entire length of this historic railroad route, we stay in comfortable, but casual inns — some of which are a departure from our customary sumptuous accommodations. You’ll enjoy delicious meals, gorgeous scenery and outdoor camaraderie in these lovely locations.
Surfaces for this tour: 16% Paved and 84% Gravel.