Our guests who purchase the Katy Trail Bike Tour Blueprint receive the following:
Connecting Pittsburgh in Pennsylvania to Cumberland in Maryland, the Great Allegheny Passage stretches for nearly 150 miles through the Appalachian Mountains. It traverses rugged natural terrain and is dotted with small towns, offering plenty of opportunities for cyclists to rest along the way.
With most of the trail was converted from abandoned rail beds, the surface is ideal for hybrid and/or touring bicycles, with an average grade of less than 1%. At the highest point of the trail, you’ll cross the Eastern Continental Divide, after which the trail drops around 1,750 feet over 20 miles before reaching Cumberland.
The Great Allegheny Passage incorporates defunct corridors of the Baltimore and Ohio Railroad, the Pittsburgh and Lake Erie Railroad, and the Western Maryland Railway. Highlights along the route include Ohiopyle State Park and “Fallingwater” designed by Frank Lloyd Wright, as well as one of only two surviving cast-iron truss bridges in North America.
Our Great Allegheny Passage itineraries are designed to give you ample time to take in the sights along the way and experience the region’s natural beauty. It’s also possible to add on an extra night in Pittsburgh at the start or end of your trip to discover the Gilded Age sites and museums of this historic city.
Difficulty: The Great Allegheny Passage is rated at easy to medium difficulty. The trail has little daily elevation gain (with the exception of Meyersdale-Cumberland) and the surface is well-maintained. Included itineraries range from 20-40 miles/day.