APR 2 2020 | Travel on GAP Up Over Four Percent in 2019
According to analysis of infrared and manual trail counts along the 150-mile Great Allegheny Passage by economics professor Dr. Andrew Herr at St. Vincent College, trail traffic on the GAP increase...
MAR 30 2020 | Be Local outdoors at the numerous trails still open
Observer Reporter, Gideon Bradshaw - Mar 29, 2020: Gyms, restaurants, and bars are closed. The bowling leagues and book clubs that were meeting just a month ago feel like distant memories whi...
MAR 25 2020 | Cleveland-to-Pittsburgh would be a big link in cross-country rail trail
Pittsburgh Post Gazette - Bob Batz, Jr. - Pittsburgh Post Gazette, By Bob Batz Jr.This is the Market Street Bridge connecting Steubenville, Ohio, and Weirton, W.Va.. It figures into a plan to ...
MAR 25 2020 | Big Savage Tunnel reopened for 2020
Daily American, By Dylan Johnson - The Big Savage Tunnel was reopened Friday, signaling the start to spring. The tunnel, which leads the Great Allegheny Passage through a mountain, is closed e...
MAR 25 2020 | Great Allegheny Passage trail corridor repair approved by Somerset County commissioners
Tribune Democrat, By David Hurst - Four miles south of the Great Allegheny Passage’s Fort Hill trailhead, a stretch of hillside alongside the trail has been sinking down toward the Casselman River ...
MAR 24 2020 | Trail offers relief in a time of viral worry
Herald Standard by, Michael Neary - Bill Miller lives close to Great Allegheny Passage trail, and he finds himself trekking there even during the best of times.
“I retired here because ...
MAR 17 2020 | GAP Remains Open for Outdoor Recreation and Adventure
The Great Allegheny Passage is open and ready for your visit! Rest at one of the burbling waterfalls in Ohiopyle State Park. Pick up some maple syrup out near Meyersdale, Pennsylvania. Enjoy some s...
JAN 17 2020 | The 10 Best Rail-Trails In America
Trail Awaits.com - By, CINDY BARKS - "9. Great Allegheny Passage, Maryland/Pennsylvania"Showcasing the best of the terrain of the eastern United States, the Great Allegheny Passage “soars over vall...
DEC 15 2019 | New, existing businesses strengthen Connellsville's foothold
Herald Standard, By Amy Fauth - Editor’s note: The following stories are the second part of two days of coverage detailing changes that have helped revitalize the city of Connellsville. &...
DEC 15 2019 | Staycation: Plenty of year-round activities at Ohiopyle
Ohiopyle State Park is home to a plethora of outdoor activities any time of the year. Pennsylvania’s largest state park, it attracts millions of visitors annually and is centered around ...
DEC 15 2019 | 25 Best Philadelphia Day & Weekend Trips with Kids of All Ages
14. Laurel Highlands - Encompassing approximately 3,000 square miles on the western edge of the Appalachian Mountains, the Laurel Highlands are known for their spectacular natural beauty and thei...
NOV 13 2019 | Staycation: Pittsburgh to West Newton on the Great Allegheny Passage
September 21, 2019 - TRIBLive - by Jacob Tierney - A trip on the Great Allegheny Passage is a tour through Pennsylvania history. From its terminus in downtown Pittsburgh, the biking and walkin...
OCT 1 2019 | 50 Weekend Trip Ideas to Make the Most of Fall
Men's Journal | by Ashley Mateo
23. Cumberland, MD - Why go: Take advantage of fall’s perfect cycling weather by riding the Great Allegheny Passage, a 150-mile rail-trail that connects C...
SEP 25 2019 | Response to Assault on GAP in Whitaker Borough
The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reported that a bicyclist was assaulted along the Great Allegheny Passage in Whitaker, Pa., yesterday, and managed to defend herself, along with the help of other bicycl...
SEP 19 2019 | Connellsville Hotel has new owner, new name
Daily Courier - SEPTEMBER 18, 2019 - BY JOE ABRAMOWITZ: A Connellsville hotel adjacent to the Great Allegheny Passage trail has a new name and a new owner. Nathaniel R. Morgan now is sole owner of ...
SEP 19 2019 | Bicyclists and pedestrians get a boost with Governor Hogan’s $9M grant for projects
EOA Staff | September 18, 2019 - The Hogan Administration has announced more than $9 million in fiscal year 2020 grants to support bicycle and pedestrian safety and connectivity across the state. T...
SEP 13 2019 | Connellsville earns ‘scenic achievement’ award from Pittsburgh group
TRIB-Live, by Patrick Varine - The city will receive the inaugural Community Scenic Achievement Award in October from Scenic Pittsburgh, a local environmental and civic advocacy group. The award is...
SEP 12 2019 | Spin your wheels along these trails, all fit for a weekend getaway
Cincinnati Magazine - By Linda Vaccariello -May 10, 2019America wasn’t settled at highway speeds, and some of the towns that made our country great are now near-forgotten blips. Traveling by bicycl...
AUG 26 2019 | Register for October 11-12 GAP Relay, a Team Running Event
Register today for the GAP Relay, a spectacular team running event along the Great Allegheny Passage from Cumberland, Maryland to Pittsburgh's South Side! Your team of four, six, or eight run...
AUG 12 2019 | PA state parks are public land gems
The Herald Standard, by Ben Moyer - The array of natural and historic features preserved in Pennsylvania state parks is impressive. Ohiopyle’s feature attraction, for example, is the Youghiogheny R...
JUL 26 2019 | A summer adventure for local Boy Scouts
RICHMOND — Nine Boy Scouts and three adults from Troop 20 in Richmond took a recent trip from Pittsburgh to Washington, D.C., only it wasn’t by train, plane or automobile. Or without adventure and ...
JUL 23 2019 | The Ruins Project pays artistic tribute to coal-mining culture
By Frances Borsodi Zajac For the Observer-Reporter email@example.com - The Ruins Project in Whitsett is artist Rachel Sager’s commitment to make the former Banning No. 2 Mine an artist...
JUL 23 2019 | Pennsylvania DEP Schedules Black Fly Suppression Event on Youghiogheny River
The Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection has scheduled an aerial black fly suppression operation for Monday morning, July 29, through Tuesday, July 30, on the Loyalhanna Creek, Conem...
JUL 17 2019 | Joy Riders kick off biking program at Cedar Creek Park for people with limited mobility
TRIBE LIVE, By PATRICK VARINE - Carol Storez of West Newton gets out of the house often enough. But at 87 years old, she’s not exactly ready to hop on a Huffy and pedal around Cedar Creek Park in R...
JUL 10 2019 | ON THE ROAD WITH THE WHOLE FAMILY (PETS TOO!) IN ALLEGANY COUNTY, MARYLAND
Road trip season is upon us, and there’s never a better time to visit Allegany County, Maryland. When you head out on the road, you can experience more than 60,000 acres of public land, miles and m...
JUL 9 2019 | The Joshua C. Whetzel, Jr., Trail
PITTSBURGH QUARTERLY/Summer 2019, by THOMAS SAUNDERS - There is a beautiful new trail to hike, just outside Confluence, a quaint town in the Laurel Highlands situated at the confluence of the Casse...
JUL 8 2019 | FALLINGWATER, now a UNESCO World Heritage Site
Pittsburgh, Pa. — July 7, 2019 – The World Heritage Committee, meeting in Baku, Azerbaijan, has officially inscribed The 20th-Century Architecture of Frank Lloyd Wright, which includes Fallingwater...
JUL 6 2019 | Outside Magazine names Ohiopyle best park in Pennsylvania
By Frances Borsodi Zajac firstname.lastname@example.org - Outside Magazine has named Ohiopyle State Park the best park in Pennsylvania, citing its size and recreational diversity among the many re...
JUL 2 2019 | 13 Affordable Family Vacations To Take This Summer
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania - If you're looking to spend some time outdoors, consider biking along the Great Allegheny Passage, which provides a scenic way to explore the city's many bridges and ...
JUL 2 2019 | Goats to clean up Waterfront
PITTSBURGH — Goatscape Goat SOURCE: Louis Spanos The Waterfront Shopping Center has teamed up with Allegheny GoatScape to clear out the overgrowth along the Great Allegheny Passag...
JUN 18 2019 | Worth The Trek
Written by Shannon Venditti: Ohiopyle (Great Allegheny Passage) Ohiopyle is well known as a nearby outdoor mecca, but did you know about their ice cream options? If you haven’t, yo...
JUN 12 2019 | SUMMERTIME IN THE MOUNTAINS: ALLEGANY COUNTY, MD
Grab your bike and ride along the Great Allegheny Passage, a 150-mile rail trail that runs from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania to Cumberland, Maryland. Continue your ride all the way to Washington, D.C. ...
JUN 1 2019 | Visitor centers tell 'great stories' of tourism opportunities in region
A virtual time capsule welcomes visitors to the new Westmoreland County Visitor Information Center in Youngwood.
Photos of “Hometown Heroes: Fred Rogers and Arnold Palmer” and an antique children’...
MAY 17 2019 | Life outside Baltimore: What nature trails should you visit this summer?
If you’re planning to have your outdoor activities out of Baltimore on your next summer holiday, we’ve got some great ideas for you. And if you want to go “further afield” we’ve also got the list o...
MAY 15 2019 | Hiking, biking and mountain views: America’s Capital Region is a breath of fresh air
I spend the afternoon riding a section of the Great Allegheny Passage. Advanced riders can tackle the 150-mile ride from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, to Cumberland, Maryland, but I’m after a relaxed a...
MAY 13 2019 | THREE HISTORIC (AND SCENIC!) BIKE TRAILS TO EXPLORE
America wasn’t settled at highway speeds, and some of the towns that made our country great are now near-forgotten blips. Traveling by bicycle offers an up-close and leisurely look at this history....
MAY 13 2019 | Explore the Bike Trail from Washington DC to Pittsburgh
The Great Ride explores one of America's most treasured biking destinations.
The documentary from WQED covers the entire 335-miles of the C&O Canal Towpath (Washington, DC to Cumberland, MD) ...
MAY 8 2019 | Great Allegheny Passage to Host "Great American" Route from Cumberland to Pittsburgh
The Allegheny Trail Alliance is pleased to partner with the Rails-to-Trails Conservancy in revealing the preferred route of the Great American Rail-Trail — otherwise known as the “Great American”— ...
APR 11 2019 | Cedar Creek Park in Rostraver slated for improvements
Cedar Creek Park in Rostraver slated for improvements thanks to hotel tax revenue. The largest portion of the allocation, $290,000, went to the Cedar Creek Park rehabilitation project, which i...
APR 11 2019 | Allegany County Tourism Unveils New 2019 Destination Guide
April 10, 2019 - CUMBERLAND, MD – Allegany County Tourism announced the release of its 2019 Visit Mountain Maryland Destination Guide for Allegany County, Maryland.
The 68-page, full-c...
APR 11 2019 | McKeesport's Mayor Hopes Redevelopment Projects Can Help Change Perceptions
By Richard Finch Jr. | Posted in: News: McKeesport Mayor Michael Cherepko is trying to change the perceptions of his town, whether from outsiders who've never set foot in the city or locals who thi...
APR 4 2019 | Hazelwood Green streets, trail open to public for the first time in a century
A ribbon-cutting ceremony Monday stamped the opening of Blair Street, which enters Hazelwood Green from Second Avenue and connects to Hazelwood Avenue. The 1.9-mile Hazelwood Trail provides cyclist...
APR 2 2019 | Great bicycle rides in central Pennsylvania and beyond
Length: 150 miles from Pittsburgh to Cumberland Maryland.
Highlights: If you're not up for the entire 150 miles, there are a lot of trail segments well worth a few hours to a few days. From Point ...
APR 2 2019 | Big Savage Tunnel open for 2019
Friday morning the doors to the Big Savage Tunnel were opened officially marking the start of the 2019 season on the Great Allegheny Passage through Somerset County. Staff photos by Michelle Ganass...
MAR 15 2019 | WQED Streaming "The Great Ride" Through March 31
You can view The Great Ride, a spectacular new WQED documentary covering the journey along the Great Allegheny Passage and C&O Canal Towpath at www.wqed.org/ride anytime through March 31. ...
MAR 12 2019 | WQED’s ‘The Great Ride’ follows cyclists on 335-mile bike trail to Point State Park
By Mary Pickles: WQED’s new documentary, “The Great Ride,” will explore a destination on many bikers’ and hikers’ bucket lists — the entire 335 miles of the C&O Canal Towpath (Washington,...
MAR 11 2019 | Cross-country skis ride winter’s late bonus
By Ben Moyer For the Herald-StandardPublic places for Nordic skiing in this area are nearly endless. Ohiopyle State Park has miles of suitable trails, especially around Sugarloaf Knob and the sceni...
MAR 9 2019 | WQED-TV documentary is freewheelin' along 'The Great Ride'
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette - By, MARIA SCIULLO Not all roads lead to Pittsburgh, but some really beautiful ones comprise “The Great Ride.”
WQED-TV’s documentary follows six cyclists as they bik...
MAR 9 2019 | Somerset County hires new director of parks and trails
he Somerset County Board of Commissioners approved the hiring of Lindsay Pyle, who was previously a community and economic development program manager at the Southern Alleghenies Planning and Devel...
MAR 5 2019 | Western Pa. business owners finding right fit in downtown communities
“We are seeing the retirement generation and the millennial generation want to live downtown and in walkable communities. That is not just in southwestern Pennsylvania, but across the country,” he ...
MAR 2 2019 | Documentary airs on WQED Pittsburgh Channel 13
While the weather today might not be ideal for hitting the trails... this teaser should give you plenty of hope that biking season is right around the corner. IT'S YOUR FIRST LOOK at our upcoming d...
FEB 17 2019 | Local outdoor trail is named one of the top eco-friendly travel destinations
By Gage Goulding, RMU Sentry Media (original story January 31)
Ecophilies Magazine compiled some of the most sought over and highly traveled natural areas and compiled a list of the most eco-frien...
FEB 14 2019 | Reviving an Icon: Loudoun Couple Plans to Rebuild Crumbling Hill Top House
By Jan Merker of LoudounNow
For decades, Loudouners have fallen in love with the quirky and magical Hill Top House Hotel in nearby Harpers Ferry, WV. The hundred-year-old structure has enchanted t...
FEB 11 2019 | WQED to Premiere "The Great Ride" on Thursday, March 14, 2019
We're pleased to announce that WQED has announced the broadcast premiere production of "The Great Ride," a new documentary and multimedia initiative that explores the Great Allegheny Passage and ...
JAN 17 2019 | Joy Riders program will provide bike rides to people with limited mobility
As soon as Karen Primm saw the video — about an Australian man who designed a tandem bicycle with a wheelchair in the front, so that his disabled wife could go out on rides with him — she knew she ...
DEC 6 2018 | Long-awaited Mon Wharf switchback trail opens, connecting that last gap in Downtown Pittsburgh
On the day before Thanksgiving, a bike path several decades in the making opened in Downtown Pittsburgh. The newly completed Mon Wharf switchback connects the Eliza Furnace Trail along Second Avenu...
NOV 28 2018 | Major road, bridge project begins at Ohiopyle
Officials broke ground Wednesday morning on a $12.4 million project to change the landscape of Ohiopyle State Park and the borough it surrounds. READ MORE...
Please note that the GAP will no...
NOV 24 2018 | Meyersdale: Ready and eager for small-town tourism
By Ashley Murray, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
In the GI Dayroom Coffee Shop in Meyersdale, locals have been meeting for breakfast or lunch since 1942 in the old Pennsylvania coal town.
But new faces ...
NOV 16 2018 | Pedal a Rail Trail in Pennsylvania
The Great Allegheny Passage is featured in the Into the Wild story within November's Delta SKY magazine, distributed in Delta's Airline's airplanes and terminals to the tune of 600,000 copies and 6...
NOV 12 2018 | Take a bike ride far, far away
The C&O Canal extends from Georgetown all the way to Pittsburgh (turning into the Great Allegheny Passage around 180 miles in) with tranquil scenery morphing from the Potomac to the Allegheny M...
NOV 6 2018 | 35 Forested Acres Added to WPC’s Casselman River Conservation Area
Lower Turkeyfoot Township, Pa. – Oct. 31, 2018 – An additional mile of forested frontage along the Casselman River across from the Great Allegheny Passage Trail in Somerset County is now protected ...
NOV 5 2018 | Take Public Transportation to Your Next Adventure
Skip the public transit altogether, and hop on your bike. Upon reaching Cumberland, the C&O Canal trail fluidly connects to the Great Allegheny Passage, offering intrepid cyclists another ...
OCT 22 2018 | The GAP Relay: A Grueling But Rewarding Adventure
PITTSBURGH (KDKA) — By Andy Sheehan: Well, this is an adventure. At the start of the GAP Relay, GAP standing for the Great Allegheny Passage, it’s a 184 miles to Washington D.C. and 150...
OCT 17 2018 | Bikes and buses will share the newly painted lane along Fort Pitt Blvd.
PITTSBURGH (NewsRadio 1020 KDKA) — The lane on Fort Pitt Blvd. between Smithfield and Wood Streets is bright red. It’s a bus-bike lane; part of the compromise devised when business owne...
OCT 17 2018 | Autistic youth powerful inspiration
On Friday and Saturday, he will compete in a new and grueling endeavor. Buckley is part of an eight-member team – four women, four men – called Autism Runs, which will tackle the inaugural GAP Trai...
OCT 8 2018 | Great Allegheny Passage gives Connellsville residents hope for a new golden age
City officials and business owners are optimistic about a renaissance, thanks in large part to the Great Allegheny Passage, a 334-mile bike path linking Pittsburgh to Washington, D.C. Completed in ...
OCT 4 2018 | New Pittsburgh Downtown bike lanes will connect to Great Allegheny Passage
By ASHLEY MURRAY, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
The city will begin work this week on new bike lanes in Downtown that will connect riders to the Great Allegheny Passage trail.
New lanes and shared...
OCT 4 2018 | Elevated bike trail? It could happen
By Jason Togyer | Posted in: News
The Lysle Boulevard parking garage could be reopened and connected to the former Daily News Building with the assistance of a $2.9 million grant from Pennsylvania...
OCT 3 2018 | Cardin, Van Hollen Announce $50,000 for Garrett Trails
October 2nd, 2018 by WCBC Radio
U.S. Senators Ben Cardin and Chris Van Hollen (both D-Md.) have announced $50,000 in grant funding from the Appalachian Regional Commission (ARC) for Garrett Trails...
SEP 5 2018 | Money for the Garrett Trailhead
The Garrett trailhead of the Great Allegheny Passage received $14,251 for improvements as part of the Greenways Mini-Grants Program. The grant was part of a larger grant request through the Re...
SEP 5 2018 | Throwback Thursday: Bicycle Coalition Youth Cycling Sojourn On The GAP Trail
From August 13th - 17th, the Bicycle Coalition Youth Cycling (BCYC) All Star Tour Team biked from Pittsburgh, PA to Cumberland, MD on the longest Sojourn yet. At the Youth Bike Summit...
AUG 23 2018 | Local Boy Scouts complete 8-day, 150-mile bike trip
This July, scouts from High Bridge Troop 149 completed an eight-day, 150-mile bike trip on the Great Allegheny Passage, which spans from Cumberland, Md. to Pittsburgh, Pa. Read more...
AUG 3 2018 | One more trail inducted into Rail-Trail Hall of Fame
Indiana trail inducted into Rail-Trail Hall of Fame
By NEWS-SENTINEL STAFF
The Cardinal Greenway Trail in east-central Indiana has been inducted into Rail-Trail Hall of Fame by Rails-to-Trails ...
AUG 2 2018 | Beyond the Border: Meyersdale
Combine history with some intrigue and breathtaking mountain scenery, and you have not just a stop along the Great Allegheny Passage bike trail, but a captivating destination that offers lodging, e...
JUL 28 2018 | Phoenix Bikes explores Somerset County’s portion of the GAP
By Caitlin Stoner, Daily American
Campers Azarias Woldomichale, Benjamin Hawley, Darius Keon Tucker, Ian Emiroglu, Mark Anthony Gilham, Oscar Armando Villarroel Beato, Samuel Prudencio and...
JUN 28 2018 | Federal money could restart cleanup of abandoned Rostraver mine
An influx of federal money could breathe life into a long-delayed project to reclaim and remediate the Banning No. 4 Mine in Rostraver Township.The abandoned deep mine, which sits at a bend of the ...
JUN 19 2018 | Pennsylvania Coal Mine Transformed Into Outdoor Art
The rustic ruins of a Fayette County, Pennsylvania, coal mine sat vacant for decades. Now, a local artist is transforming the ruins into an outdoor art gallery. To listen to the podcast click here....
JUN 15 2018 | Between the Lines: Mule Skinner Blues
He refers to himself as an American. A muddy, filthy, cranky American. Kalamazoo resident Mark Wedel got that filthy by riding a bicycle along the trails of the Great Allegheny Passage and Chesapea...
MAY 30 2018 | State parks scramble to hire, prepare for summer season
Ohiopyle State Park's full-time crew swells from 14 to 40 during the summer months to handle the hundreds of thousands of visitors who come for hiking, backpacking, kayaking, camping, canoeing and ...
APR 17 2018 | 2018 GAP Trail Summit
SOMERSET – More than 50 people who live, work or volunteer along one of the country’s most popular cycling and hiking trails came together in Somerset on Monday to talk about how they can better br...
APR 16 2018 | Prince Edward County Rail Line
Well before the County purchased the Prince Edward County Rail line as a Millennial year project, there were folks who dreamed about what it might become. Those who with breathless enthusiasm imagi...
APR 11 2018 | Allegany County Tourism launches a new website
April 10, 2018 - CUMBERLAND, MD – Allegany County Tourism has announced the launch of www.MountainMarylandDELuxe.com, a new travel-focused website. “Come early. Stay late. That is our motto with t...
MAR 29 2018 | Announcing the Great Allegheny Passage Relay!
We're pleased to announce the Great Allegheny Passage Relay team running event, to be held on October 12 and 13, 2018, from Cumberland to Pittsburgh, produced by P3R and sponsored by UPMC Health Pl...
DEC 6 2017 | Canal receives $3.45 million in grants from Maryland
From Canal news at email@example.com.
The C&O Canal National Historical Park received two grants totaling $3.45 million from the Maryland Department of Transportation. The grant...
DEC 5 2017 | Construction begins between Locks 5 and 22
From Canal News at firstname.lastname@example.org.
A $6.7 million construction project will soon be underway to improve several locks, waste weirs, bridges and other water control structures bet...
NOV 30 2017 | $20.3 million in grants that will support 43 projects across Maryland
CJ Lovelace Nov 29, 2017
Photo from Surly bike tour.
HANOVER, Md. — Nearly $1.4 million in Maryland Department of Transportation grants have been earmarked for bicycle and pedestri...
NOV 17 2017 | Temporary closures along Western Maryland Rail Trail through late January
By Herald Mail media
A project to improve sections of the Western Maryland Rail Trail will force temporary closures from Nov. 27 through Jan. 27, 2018, state officials said this week.
NOV 2 2017 | Michigan becomes 7th state to adopt model e-bike classification
By Doug McClellan
LANSING, Mich. (BRAIN) – Michigan this week became the seventh state to adopt a three-tiered classification system for electric bikes.
Gov. Rick Snyder on Tuesday signed a tri...
OCT 25 2017 | Ohiopyle, Phipps, Fallingwater among top 10 Pennsylvania attractions
By Joanne Klimovich Harrop
If you're looking for someplace to visit in Pennsylvania, your best bet is to staying on the western side of the state, according to a USA Today Readers' Choice vote.
OCT 23 2017 | Meyersdale guest house owners to receive award
By The Tribune-Democrat
The Laurel Highlands Visitors Bureau, the official destination marketing organization for Somerset, Fayette and Westmoreland counties, will present three tourism-relat...
OCT 22 2017 | On a roll: Cycling is the go-to sport for enjoying the outdoors
By Lawrence Walsh/Post-Gazette
Whether they’re doing it for health, camaraderie, an activity that’s easy on the joints or simply to get outside, more older people than ever are turning to biking...
OCT 20 2017 | Public art: a binding force for good in society
Bt Dennis Forney
(“Uniting Sun” sculpture at the southern entrance to Holland, Michigan. DENNIS FORNEY PHOTOS)
Outdoor public art offers an opportunity for communities to put their best foo...
OCT 15 2017 | Watch The Relocation Of The Oldest Structure On The Mall
BY RACHEL KURZIUS IN NEWS
The oldest structure on the National Mall made some moves on Thursday as part of the ongoing Constitution Gardens revitalization project.The Historic Lockkeeper's House w...
OCT 11 2017 | There’s nothing better than a road trip...
By Jim Cheney Originally published on UncoveringPA.com.
What I discovered is a roadway that is steeped in world-changing history and natural beauty. While it might sound cliché to say that ...
OCT 10 2017 | Kennett men in their 70s bicycle to Washington D.C.
By Staff Reporter
Charlie and David did it!
When George Mallory was asked, “Why did you climb Mount Everest?” he famously answered “Because it’s there.” Those are the same three words used when y...
OCT 9 2017 | 'Simply stunning': your favourite cycle rides around the world
James Walsh and Guardian readers Monday 9 October 2017 (photo by Photo by alazygirlonabike)
Our readers on their most cherished cycling routes, from remote Scottish islands to Japanese m...
OCT 3 2017 | A quaint bed and breakfast in Confluence is so much more
By Jill Thurston
Wow, Great write up, read full article here...
"The River’s Edge Café is a German-style clapboard home that has stood ready to welcome weary trail riders, travelers, nature lov...
OCT 1 2017 | County's recreation director appreciates hard work on Westmoreland Heritage Trail
By Jamie Martinez (photo credit Shane Dunlap)
These days, Malcolm Sias, Westmoreland County's parks and recreation director, spends more time working on trails than he does biking or running ...
SEP 27 2017 | Train cars carrying coal derail right next to GAP trail
By PITTSBURGH POST-GAZETTE
At least nine cars carrying coal derailed from a CSX train near the intersection of Fourth Avenue and Market Street in McKeesport, near the municipal building, abou...
SEP 22 2017 | Hit the road in search of spectacular Pennsylvania fall foliage
By Tribune Review.
While Mother Nature is not always predictable, fall foliage usually peaks with the brightest bursts of color in mid-October.
And this fall, forest ecologists in Penn State's Co...
SEP 21 2017 | Mosaic artist working on ‘ruins’ project
By Dave Zuchowski (Observer-Reporter)
Rachel Sager may have majored in English and art history at West Virginia Wesleyan University in Buckhannon, but her career took an abrupt detour when she ans...
By Stephan BontragerSeptember 19, 2017
Major progress this week for the Mon Wharf Switchback project, a collaboration between Riverlife and the City of Pittsburgh! When complete, the Switchback wi...
SEP 12 2017 | Vote for Great Allegheny Passage
Vote for The Great Allegheny Passage: favorite attraction in Pennsylvania!
Cast your vote once per day until polls close on Tuesday, October 10 at noon ET.
The gorgeous Great Allegheny...
SEP 11 2017 | History meets beauty at West Virginia, Maryland sites
By Eugene Pezzuto, New Castle News
The view from the top was more incredible than I ever could have imagined.
(photo by gotowv.com)
I was standing at Jefferson Rock in Harpers Fe...
SEP 1 2017 | Father-daughter duo cycle from coast to coast for a cause
By Aja Hannah / Suburbanite correspondent
A father-daughter team have recently completed a 3,700-mile bicycle trek across the United States to support underserved children in Asia. Riders Dawn Jon...
AUG 23 2017 | Korean cyclists bike across U.S. to raise awareness about ‘comfort women’
By Ryan Deto
Jo Yong Jo and Ha Joo Young are students from South Korea on a mission: to bike across the U.S. and spread awareness about victims of sexual enslavement. During World War II, the Japa...
AUG 23 2017 | Historic 1830s Potomac lockhouse to undergo rehabilitation
BY MICHELLE GOLDCHAIN AUG 22, 2017,
A $100,000 grant was awarded to the lockhouse
(Image from C&O Canal trust)
Dating back to 1832, Potomac, Maryland’s Swains Lockhouse is in need of ...
AUG 21 2017 | Great Allegheny Passage received over a million visits in 2016
August 21, 2017 Bryan Perry, Allegheny Trail Alliance
We're pleased to announce that the Great Allegheny Passage received over a million visits in 2016, an increase of nine percent over the ...
AUG 17 2017 | Bicycle Blues From Our Four Seasons 2016 Fiat
By: Todd Lassa | Photography by: Automobile Staff August 17, 2017
A couple of weeks after driving our Four Seasons 2016 Fiat 500X Trekking Plus AWD from Los Angeles to Detroit, I signed it up for ...
AUG 8 2017 | Bike paths offer pleasant cruising, tempting stops
A spin in the Countryside, Words and photos by David Amini
In and around DC, we are lucky to have bike trails that are easily accessible—a great motivator to get out and get fit while making ...
AUG 6 2017 | Sign lays out coal, coke history in Morgan Valley
PATRICK VARINE | Sunday, Aug. 6, 2017, 10:00 p.m.
The proponents of a grant-funded research project into the history of coal and coke mines in the Connellsville Coke Region are hoping it will dra...
JUL 18 2017 | Brilliant Branch Rail-to-Trail would connect Pittsburgh neighborhoods, and beyond
Sarah Rafson, July 17, 2017
Imagine riding your bike across the Allegheny River on an old railroad bridge landscaped with wildflowers and shrubs, and dotted with art installations. The bri...
JUL 12 2017 | Trump's proposed budget cuts could affect rail service to Pittsburgh, Connellsville
JACOB TIERNEY | Tuesday, June 20, 2017, 11:00 p.m.
As the state Senate considers expanding a Western Pennsylvania passenger rail route, the future of another is in question.
President Trump's pr...
JUL 11 2017 | Explore America's Epic Railroad-Turned-Trail System
By Jennifer McKee on 07/11/2017, updated on 07/12/2017
Discover small towns, wildlife, bridges and tunnels on these railroad lines restored as bike paths.
Historic bridges, tunnels and small town...
JUL 7 2017 | Hydroponic garden planned for Homestead youth
By ANNE CLOONAN
...The garden, to be called the Steel Valley Food Project, would allow vegetables to be grown year-round, even in winter, Mr. Voelker said.
The produce will be sold to the Vo...
JUL 1 2017 | 100 veterans bike their way to Georgetown D.C.
SHANE DUNLAP | Saturday, July 1, 2017, 1:45 p.m.
Nearly 100 veterans are riding the Great Allegheny Passage trail to Washington, D.C., for Fourth of July celebrations and a ceremony commemorating ...
JUN 22 2017 | The ultimate bike trip from Pittsburgh to Washington, D.C. (or as far as you want to go)
Madeline Quigley June 22, 2017
In addition to observing the beauty of the GAP as it passes through remote sections of the state, the trail provides the opportunity to visit tiny towns where trai...
JUN 20 2017 | Save the Confluence Bicycle Bridge
Confluence, PA, named for its location at the junction of the Casselman River and Laurel Hill Creek with the Youghiogheny River. To thousands of bicycle and hiking tourists each year the brid...
JUN 20 2017 | “Don't Bucket List this trail, DO this trail.”
Thousands of people travel the GAP trail throughout the year, some share their experiences so that others may learn and plan better their own bike trips and adventures along the Great Allegheny Pas...
JUN 10 2017 | Photographer Reconnects with DEAD MAN'S HOLLOW
originally posted by ALT NEWS | JUNE 2017
Local photographer Jim Andrews has a stunning collection of photos capturing the unique beauty of Dead Man's Hollow on display at the Greensburg Art ...
JUN 5 2017 | RTC’s Doppelt Fund Helps Move the Needle on Six Rail-Trails in 2017
Posted 05/31/17 by Eli Griffen in Building Trails
Ashton-Tetonia Trail in Idaho, part of the Greater Yellowstone Trail system | Photo by Camrin Dengel
Today, Rails-to-Trails Conserv...
APR 25 2017 | Bike trails abound throughout Western Pa.
Tory Parrish, a staff writer for Upgruv.com
So Many Good bike trails in Pittsburgh region and friendly places to ride!!!
"One of the longest trails, the Great Allegheny Passage, cuts acr...
APR 19 2017 | Mon Wharf Switchback Ramp Project
The Mon Wharf Switchback Ramp will connect cyclists using the Smithfield Street Bridge, Eliza Furnace Trail and Great Allegheny Passage safely and smoothly down to the Mon Wharf Landing, a linear p...
APR 18 2017 | Groundbreaking Ceremony for the Conococheague Aqueduct Restoration on May 5th
Thank you to Antietam Cable for putting together this beautiful commercial. All are welcome to attend the Groundbreaking Ceremony for the Conococheague Aqueduct Restoration on May 5th, 2017 at 11:0...
APR 14 2017 | "There is something incredibly thrilling about using a bicycle to explore..."
March 31, 2017
Cyclepreneurs: DC Cycling Concierge
Written by: Samuel Cawkell
For everyone traveling to or from the nations capital, and traveling by bicycle, Momentum Mag's Samuel Cawkell cau...
APR 12 2017 | Bike Maryland Announces New Executive Director
By Bruce Cohen - April 12, 2017
Bike Maryland has announced the selection of Joshua Feldmark as its new Executive Director. Feldmark succeeds Steve Miller, who will remain with the organ...
APR 6 2017 | Video coverage: Detour Planned for C&O's Paw Paw Tunnel
JourneyonaBike #5.17: (UPDATED) Push my Bike - mp 156 C&O Towpath Detour -Tunnel Hill Trail
check out video HERE from his hiking of the detour!
The tunnel and boardwalk area will ...
MAR 30 2017 | Starting Out to Make the C&O Canal Great Again
Story by BY ROBERT DEVANEY | MARCH 30TH, 2017
"One look at the March 29 meeting and one immediately knew that this is a huge deal for Georgetown. Concern for the C&O Canal — potentially ...
MAR 13 2017 | Scenic railroad excursions to Frostburg expected to resume in May
Scenic railroad excursions to Frostburg expected to resume in May. The Western Maryland Scenic Railroad is expecting to resume excursions to the Frostburg Depot in May as repair work on a landslide...
FEB 27 2017 | ATA Announces New Executive Director
PITTSBURGH, PA (February 27, 2017)—The Allegheny Trail Alliance (ATA) announced today that Bryan Perry will be the organization’s new executive director effective February 27, 2017. The ATA o...
FEB 16 2017 | Paw Paw Tunnel of the C&O Canal requires the temporary closure
The Paw Paw Tunnel of the C&O Canal requires the temporary closure of the north (downstream) tunnel portal and towpath. The project will involve assessing, removing or "scaling" loose and unsta...
FEB 14 2017 | 10 Rail-Trails That Helped Build the Movement
Let me start by writing that, emphatically, there was no way to cover in this post every trail that was influential in the development of the 22,000 miles of rail-trails we know and love today. So ...
JAN 8 2017 | Great Allegheny Passage - 2016 Pennsylvania Great Places
Congratulations to the Great Allegheny Passage and all of the 2016 Great Places in PA Award Winners!
The Pennsylvania Chapter of the American Planning Association is proud to announce our Great ...
SEP 27 2016 | USA Today - 10 great rail-trails across the USA
USA Today - 10 great rail-trails across the USA Over its 150-mile length from Cumberland, MD, to Pittsburgh, the Great Allegheny Passage cuts along scenic rivers and over mountain passes. Ph...
SEP 27 2016 | 10 great rail-trails across the USA
10 great rail-trails across the USA - MSN Lifestyles At 2,390 feet, the Eastern Continental Divide is the highest point on the Great Allegheny Passage. Photo by Cleo Fogal.
SEP 26 2016 | Council to consider $800K for bike lanes in Pittsburgh
Pittsburgh is preparing to spend $800,000 to complete a long-awaited bicycling link from the Smithfield Street Bridge to Point State Park via Fort Pitt Boulevard. Click here to read the full story ...
SEP 26 2016 | Georgetown C&O Canal Restoration Kicks off
Georgetown Heritage and the Chesapeake and Ohio National Historical Park are beginning a multi-year restoration of the first mile of the C&O Canal in Georgetown. Click here to read the Press Re...
SEP 20 2016 | Pedal power: Groups look to build on millions of dollars that bike trails bring
Members of environmental groups, nonprofits and state agencies, among others, gathered Tuesday at the Morguen Toole Company bed-and-breakfast in Meyersdale to learn how to support trail development...
SEP 19 2016 | Allegheny County begins process to reopen Hot Metal Bridge between Swissvale and Munhall
The project also could include adding cantilevered panels to the bridge to provide trail access for bikes and pedestrians between the old mill site and the Great Allegheny Passage along the South S...
AUG 30 2016 | Ribbon cutting planned for 9/11 bike trail segment
Bicyclists will soon be able to travel without interruption between two of the sites at which planes crashed on Sept. 11, 2001: the Flight 93 National Memorial in Somerset County and the Pentagon M...
AUG 7 2016 | Bikes Aboard
By: Kimberly Kinchen, business network writer. For $20, riders can make a reservation for their bike and carry it on board a specially redesigned baggage car, eliminating the need for bo...
JUL 19 2016 | The Great Allegheny Passage Helps Trail Towns Thrive
By Jim Cheney
"The Chateau-esque Victorian mansion, built in 1900 by coal and timber magnate Levi Deal, contained 15 rooms, including a top-floor ballroom. When built, it was undeniably one of the...
JUN 30 2016 | 21 Cyclists Embark On 335-Mile Ride For Veterans
The South Side had a patriotic look Thursday morning when bikers dressed in red, white and blue took off for the nation’s capital on a mission called 335 Miles for Veterans.Today, 21 veterans and t...
JUN 26 2016 | Future clouded for town helped by bike trail
“A lot of people in the summertime are coming off the trail looking to buy breakfast or lunch or gas and I didn’t want them to get confused,” he said, referring to bicyclists, hikers, boaters, camp...
JUN 16 2016 | A slide presentation at the Almonte Public Library on Thursday June 16th at 7pm.
Great Allegheny Passage presentation — June 16
by Les Humphreys 613-256-2498
"This nine day 750 kilometer bike tour along the Pennsylvania and Maryland border followed a scenic rail/canal trail ...
JUN 10 2016 | Great Allegheny Passage: Nation's 4th largest rail trail is easy enough for beginners
By Jim Cheney | Special to PennLive
"Despite the trail's length, it is relatively flat, making it a perfect biking trip for beginners and experts alike. The GAP passes through trail towns every ...
MAY 31 2016 | Thriving rail trails energize communities
By DEBRA ERDLEY - Associated Press - Sunday, May 29, 2016
Today Pennsylvania’s rail trails - they range from local trails a few miles long to the 150-mile Great Allegheny Passage - are viewed as s...
MAY 11 2016 | Re-watering work begins for historic C&O Canal aqueduct
Work on a temporary dam in the Conococheague Creek near the Chesapeake and Ohio Canal aqueduct in Williamsport has started. It will make way for a new pumping and filtration system to feed water fr...
MAY 6 2016 | Off-road culture clash: A little bit of country, a little bit of bike 'n' roll
By John Hayes / Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
“That has been the history of the whole Great Allegheny Passage,” said Linda McKenna Boxx, former president and current board secretary of the Allegheny Tra...
APR 16 2016 | Pennsylvania's Montour Trail
Rails-to-Trails Conservancy's Trail of the Month: March 2015: Pennsylvania's Montour Trail
“The Montour Trail has a huge volunteer base that does everything from A to Z ... They do incredible ...
JAN 1 2016 | Adventure Cyclist Magazine - December 2015 / January 2016
The Challenges of the C&O, and the connection to the Great Allegheny Passage
"Linda McKenna Boxx employed a strategy worthy of Hannibal when she started on the eastern end of what would be...
DEC 14 2015 | Bicycling tourists are older, wealthier, and in demand
Bicycling tourists are older, wealthier, and in demand - By Marsha Mercer
OCT 7 2015 | A Surprisingly Luxe Cycling Trip Though the Rust Belt
The Wall Street Journal - A Surprisingly Luxe Cycling Trip Though the Rust Belt. By, Beth Kracklauer
SEP 19 2015 | Pinkerton Tunnel is Open!
The Pinkerton Tunnel was opened to trail users on Saturday, September 19, 2015. Thank you to all of the donors that made it happen!
SEP 16 2015 | Roll Your Bicycle Onto Amtrak's Capitol Limited With New Service Launched on Monday!
Roll Your Bicycle Onto Amtrak's Capitol Limited With New Bike Service Launched! News from Amtrak: within the first week of offering the new walk-on bicycle service, over 100 reservations...
AUG 9 2015 | Bike support team to D.C. endures rigors of elegance
Have you been thinking about doing that bike trail to Washington, D.C., but find the idea of riding 335 miles daunting? My wife and I discovered it isn’t that bad when you do it by car. Not th...
JUL 7 2015 | Exploring the Great Allegheny Passage
Virgin-Atlantic blog - Written by Marsha S. Morgenstern
APR 22 2015 | New York Times
Biking a Trail of History from Pittsburgh to Washington -
New York Times By MATTHEW L. WALD
NOV 10 2014 | Impressions from the Bicycle Tour Network Conference
Adventure Cycling Association Magazine - November 2015
JUN 30 2014 | Point State Park/Great Allegheny Passage Medallion
Point State Park/Great Allegheny Passage Medallion - wins International Design Award.
NOV 1 2012 | National Geographic Adventure
National Geographic Adventure: 6 Classic Bike Fall Rides Smack in the mid-Atlantic the 300-plus-mile GAP and C&O trails slice through the Appalachians