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
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
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.
Facebook Group: Great Allegheny Passage / C&O Canal Enthusiasts
If you're on social media, go to Facebook, look up this address and send a request to join this group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/27418409144.
Cyclists post their photos and stories. They're great fun to read and will help you get aquainted with the GAP.
The Great Allegheny Passage Companion: Guide to History & Heritage Along the Trail
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.
The Great Ride WQED - You Tube video
Search "You Tube Great Ride WQED 2019" to view this hour-long video online.
You'll get a sense of the beauty of the Great Allegheny Passage (GAP) trail, although we don't travel the C&O trail or this exact itinerary on the GAP. Viewers will follow the trail with a diverse group of cycling tour guides, each of whom take us through a different section of the trail.