***This fall, Somerset County will be closing the GAP from the Harnedsville Trail Head (Mile Marker 59) to the Markelton Trail Head (Mile Marker 50). The trail will be expected to reopen in the spring with three new decking systems that will last a lifetime. Please note, this area will be dangerous during this time. There will be no deck system on these bridges, and there will be constant heavy equipment running the trail. Please find an alternate route, as this 9-mile section will be closed. Check back for more updates.
The Great Allegheny Passage offers an idyllic long-haul adventure for bikers and hikers alike. Gear up for all 150 miles, or pick a section and bike from trail town to trail town for shorter trips. This converted trail, which once felt the heavy rumble of freight trains, now offers a gentle grade for a nearly level ride along the Youghiogheny River through the Laurel Highlands.
The longest multi-use trail in PA, the Great Allegheny Passage (GAP) stretches from southeast from Pittsburgh to Cumberland, Maryland. There, the Great Allegheny Passage connects with the C&O Canal towpath, extending all the way to the Georgetown district of Washington, D.C. for a total length of 334.5 miles.
The Big Savage Tunnel, located near the Mason & Dixon Line, is closed for the winter from December 1st to April 10th each year.
Stop by the West Newton Visitors Center, located in a train station along the trail, for information. Just across the West Newton bridge, you'll find Bloom Brew, a local craft brewery, perfect for a cold pint after a Saturday ride. Just a few miles from downtown West Newton, Cedar Creek Park is a charming stop for a summer picnic with Youghiogheny River access.
This charming small town is located within almost 20,000 acres of Ohiopyle State Park land and along the Class I-IV whitewater on the Youghiogheny River. These great outfitters and rental experts are ready to take you on a whitewater trip down the river or biking on the GAP. You'll also find miniature golf, a zip line adventure park, the Meadow Run Natural Waterslides and more in Ohiopyle, your one stop shop for outdoor adventures. The park features several picturesque waterfalls, miles of hiking trails, and wonderful vistas overlooking the Laurel Highlands. Visit the Laurel Highlands Falls Area Visitors Center, located along the water, with interactive displays, and spend some time in charming shops along Sherman Street.
Rent kayaks and canoes for paddling on the nearby Youghiogheny River Lake. 16 miles long and one-half mile wide, this river lake is perfect for power boating and water-skiing as well. Stroll through the charming town of Confluence, and enjoy pumpkin treats at the Confluence Pumpkinfest in October.