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Maryland & Penn.: A Bike Trek in the Great Allegheny Passage

Get ready for a week of bicycling, trail towns and outdoor adventure as you join local experts to cycle the Great Allegheny Passage, learning the story of the Laurel Highlands.
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Program No. 22004RJ
Length
7 days
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1,379
Pennsylvania

Maryland & Penn.: A Bike Trek in the Great Allegheny Passage

Get ready for a week of bicycling, trail towns and outdoor adventure as you join local experts to cycle the Great Allegheny Passage, learning the story of the Laurel Highlands.
Length
7 days
Starts at
1,379
Program No. 22004 RJ

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DATES & PRICES

Bike Not Included Bike Included
Accommodation Details

Bring your own bicycle.

Accommodation Details

A bicycle will be provided.

May 15 - May 21, 2022
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Bike Not Included 1,379
Bike Included 1,579
Jun 5 - Jun 11, 2022
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Bike Not Included 1,379
Bike Included 1,579
Aug 14 - Aug 20, 2022
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Bike Not Included 1,379
Bike Included 1,579
Sep 10 - Sep 16, 2022
SOLD OUT
Bike Not Included 1,379
Bike Included 1,579

DATES & PRICES

Bike Not Included Bike Included
Accommodation Details

Bring your own bicycle.

Accommodation Details

A bicycle will be provided.

May 15 - May 21, 2022
SOLD OUT
Bike Not Included 1,759
Bike Included 1,959
Jun 5 - Jun 11, 2022
SOLD OUT
Bike Not Included 1,759
Bike Included 1,959
Aug 14 - Aug 20, 2022
SOLD OUT
Bike Not Included 1,759
Bike Included 1,959
Sep 10 - Sep 16, 2022
SOLD OUT
Bike Not Included 1,759
Bike Included 1,959

At a Glance

The Great Allegheny Passage stretches 150 miles across some of the most beautiful scenery in Maryland and Pennsylvania. Join us for a biking adventure along this famed route as you cross the Mason-Dixon line with local experts who share their knowledge of the rich history and natural resources of the Laurel Highlands. Over the course of a week, cover the passage from Meyersdale to Pittsburgh, and discover the region’s flowing rivers, noted landmarks and historic small towns.
Activity Level
Outdoor: Spirited
Biking up to 32 miles a day on flat, packed limestone trails.
Small Group
Small Group
Love to learn and explore in a small-group setting? These adventures offer small, personal experiences with groups of 13 to 24 participants.

Best of all, you’ll…

  • Join a local environmental educator for an introduction to the flora, fauna and history of the Laurel Highlands.
  • Ride through Ohiopyle State Park, the historic coal patch town of Whitsett and the 3,294’ long Big Savage Tunnel.
  • In Pittsburgh, ride the Duquesne incline to the top of Mount Washington for a spectacular view of one of the country’s most beautiful skylines.

General Notes

The Retreat Difference: This unique, often basic and no-frills experience at a Road Scholar Retreat includes opportunities for early morning exercise, interaction with the local community for insight into local life, an authentic farm-to-table or locally sourced meal, a live performance or event, and a value-priced single room. Due to the nature of this program, listening devices are not available.
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Gabi Hughes
Gabi Hughes has been an environmental educator with Audubon Society of Western Pennsylvania for 19 years where she has worked with all ages, both indoors and out. She finds great wonder in everything from bugs to birds, and especially loves the intricate ways in which ecosystems function. Through her work with Audubon, she gets to share the idea that it is good to get dirty, that scientists say “Oh, interesting” instead of “Eww, gross,” and that there is always one more fascinating thing to learn.

Please note: This expert may not be available for every date of this program.

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Kimmie Stradling has a background in hospitality and is Laurelville's new program director. Kimmie graduated from Northern Arizona University with a degree in hotel and restaurant management. She has worked at Marriott and has been a youth director at a church for four years. Some of her favorite things to do are traveling and taking her paddle board out on the water. She is excited to join in on the Road Scholar adventures that she has the privilege of hosting.
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Gabi Hughes View biography
Gabi Hughes has been an environmental educator with Audubon Society of Western Pennsylvania for 19 years where she has worked with all ages, both indoors and out. She finds great wonder in everything from bugs to birds, and especially loves the intricate ways in which ecosystems function. Through her work with Audubon, she gets to share the idea that it is good to get dirty, that scientists say “Oh, interesting” instead of “Eww, gross,” and that there is always one more fascinating thing to learn.
Visit the Road Scholar Bookshop
You can find many of the books we recommend at the Road Scholar store on bookshop.org, a website that supports local bookstores.
An Uncommon Passage: Traveling through History on the Great Allegheny Passage
by Edward K. Muller and Paul g. Wiegman
Published in 2009, Paul is a local botanist, writer, photographer, expert trail rider. An Uncommon Passage guides readers through the fascinating story of this trail, as a critical link in the western expansion of colonial America, and a pathway to the development of the Southwestern Pennsylvania region. The book explores the British outposts and forts, early settlers and frontier life, developing towns and cities, rise and predominance of industry, later environmentalism and preservation, natural resources, rivers, flora and geological features that comprise the trail and its environs. The engaging narrative is complemented by an extensive selection of historical illustrations and the contemporary photography of Paul g. Wiegman, all of which reveal the stunning scenery and pictorial history of the region. An Uncommon Passage offers a journey through both time and space to capture the heritage and surroundings of a region that would grow to prosper and help build a nation.
TrailGuide, 18th edition 2021
by Great Allegheny Passage Conservancy
TrailGuide is the official advertising guide to the C&O Canal Towpath and Great Allegheny Passage, 335 miles from Washington, D.C. to Pittsburgh, PA. Includes planning guide and a weatherproof, full-color map folded into the back pocket. The weatherproof map alone is worth the $10 donation to the Great Allegheny Passage Conservancy, which seeks grants to perform emergency maintenance, updates wayfinding signage and maps, and promotes traveling the GAP to new audiences.
The Great Allegheny Passage Companion: Guide to History & Heritage Along the Trail
by Bill Metzger
Published 2021 by the man who was there from the start of the GAP! Purchase online through GAPTRAILSTORE.ORG and give yourself plenty of time to read and enjoy. It's the most comprehensive guide on the market. The history and heritage of the trail come alive in Bill's inimitable style - humor blends with serious scholarship in this look at the railroads and other industries that preceded the trail's development. Bill knows more about railroads, geology, nature, industrial history, financial chicanery, and trail construction between Pittsburgh and Cumberland than anyone else – and no one can tell all the stories as well. This is flat-out the best, most ambitious, most educational, and most just-plain-fun rail-trail guidebook ever written, complete with great historical photos and crystal-clear maps.





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