Great Allegheny Passage
Tranquil view from the passage....
The Trail peacefully coexists with the Western Maryland Scenic Railroad.
Enjoying wild berries along the trail....
The peace of the trail provides an enjoyable ride.
Word to the wise...."racing" the train will exhaust you!
The Brush Tunnel provides shade on a warm day.
Bikers young and old enjoy this route.
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.
More information can be obtained by visiting www.GAPtrail.org.