Great Allegheny Passage Extended 2018
This tour is a definite GO!
We've expanded this excellent tour to include an additional full day in the outdoor mecca of Ohiopyle. This will allow us to take a tour of Frank Lloyd Wright's masterpiece, Fallingwater. Some might choose instead to spend this extra day hiking nearby Fern Cliff Natural Area, or white water rafting the rapids of the Youghiogheny River. We still think this trail is one of the most beautiful and spectacular rail trails in the entire country. We bike 150 miles from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania to Cumberland, Maryland. The grade is gentle because this is a rail trail. Our route allows us to bicycle directly to each of our overnight stays.
As we ride on the trail, leaving Pittsburgh, we pass remnants of giant steel mills. As the miles go by we slowly leave behind the industrialized areas and enter quiet woodlands and deep forests. We travel through tunnels, over bridges and viaducts, including the Salisbury Viaduct 1908 feet long, through the Savage Tunnel, 3294 feet long on an easy stone dust surface. The final day is a treat with the last 22 miles down hill to Cumberland. This is a very scenic and fun tour!
Tour Leaders: Mark and Colleen Troy
- 150 miles of bicycling
- 5 nights lodging
- 2 dinners, 3 lunches, 3 breakfasts
- sag support
- airport pickup if needed
Meet riders in Pittsburgh for our introductory meeting and dinner.
35 miles – Downtown Pittsburgh’s Point State Park is our starting point. It’s also the western terminus of the Great Allegheny Passage Trail. West Newton is our day’s destination.
44 miles – Riding directly from our hotel, we cycle the beautiful trail and have lunch in Connellsville. Then we ride on to Ohiopyle, which is known for its beautiful rapids and white water sports. We spend the next 2 nights here.
Take a tour of Frank Lloyd Wright's Fallingwater with us, or spend the day outdoors hiking, rafting or just hanging out. Ohiopyle is a center of activity for enthusiasts of adventure. We won't have any scheduled cycling today.
42 miles – We bike from Ohiopyle to Meyersdale with an early lunch stop in Confluence. We’ll bike over the Salisbury Viaduct into Meyersdale. Don’t miss the exhibits at the Visitors Center at Meyersdale Station!
32 miles – You will cross the continental divide, ride through the 3,295-foot Savage tunnel and emerge to find a picnic area with a view of the surrounding hills and valleys. The trail finishes with a gentle and rewarding 22 mile downhill into Cumberland.
Difficulty Level: Intermediate
This tour’s trail is crushed stone. It is quite smooth and suitable for all bicycles. Larger tires will help to provide more stability, however.
Suggested bicycle: Touring bikes, road bikes, hybrids
Suggested tire size for this tour: 28mm – 37mm (or larger)
$1440 per person (based on double occupancy)
$465 – Single Supplement (extra price to have your own room)
$100 – Bike Rental (helmet and bike bag included)
Your Travel Plans
For this tour we meet riders at the Pittsburgh airport at 2:00 pm or at our downtown Pittsburgh hotel, 5:00 pm on Saturday, September 29th. The trip ends on Thursday, October 4th. We plan to be back at the hotel by 6:00 PM and at the airport by 6:45 PM but we cannot guarantee these times since traffic delays are always possible.
If you are driving, you drive to the hotel. You may leave your car there during the trip. Note: there may be a fee for leaving your car.
Note: Some riders have parked their car in Cumberland, then traveled to Pittsburgh for our tour. At the end of the tour their car is waiting for them. A large public parking lot sits at the end point of our tour (Visitors Center for the C&O Canal). Also nearby is the Amtrak station, less than one mile away. And in Pittsburgh the Amtrak station is about 4 blocks from our hotel, making this a convenient option for traveling from Cumberland to Pittsburgh. Other riders have said goodbye to us in Cumberland and continued riding on the C&O Canal to Washington DC, about 185 miles away. We can work with you to do our best to accommodate different needs.
Your Lodging Plans
Your night’s lodging on Saturday, September 29 through Wednesday, October 3rd is included. Your night’s lodging on the day the trip ends (Thursday, October 4th) is not included. That night is at your expense and reservations for that night are your responsibility.