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The Great Allegheny Passage hiking and biking trail links to the C&O Canal Towpath in Cumberland, creating a continuous, off-road trail experience 320 miles from Washington, DC to near Pittsburgh. Marvel at the many fantastic railroad structures as the Great Allegheny Passage follows the route of the historic Western Maryland Railroad. Starting in Cumberland the trail parallels the Western Maryland Scenic Railroad which offers rides, with bicycles if desired, up to Frostburg. From Cumberland the trail climbs gradually over the next 24 miles where it reaches its highest point, just past the Big Savage Tunnel. The total westbound climb is just short of 1800 vertical feet, with an average grade of just 1.4%. Because it was originally a rail line, there are no steep climbs. The trail surface is mostly packed crushed limestone, with the section near Cumberland paved with asphalt. This trail is suitable for most types of bicycle, from mountain bikes to road bikes. The trail was chosen by National Geographic as one of the "Top Ten 2012 Fall Trips in the World."
More information can be obtained by visiting www.GAPtrail.org.