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

Get ready for a fully-supported week of bicycling, trail towns and outdoor adventure as you join local experts to cycle the 150-mile Great Allegheny Passage in the Laurel Highlands.
Rating (5)
Program No. 22004RJ
Length
7 days
Starts at
1,379
Pennsylvania

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

Get ready for a fully-supported week of bicycling, trail towns and outdoor adventure as you join local experts to cycle the 150-mile Great Allegheny Passage in the Laurel Highlands.
Length
7 days
Starts at
1,379
Length
7 days
Rating (5)
Starts at
1,379
Program No. 22004RJ

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DATES & PRICES

Bike Not Included Bike Included
Accommodation Details

Bring your own bicycle.

Accommodation Details

A bicycle will be provided.

Aug 14 - Aug 20, 2022
SOLD OUT
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
May 21 - May 27, 2023
Bike Not Included 1,699
Bike Included 1,929
Jun 4 - Jun 10, 2023
Bike Not Included 1,699
Bike Included 1,929
Aug 13 - Aug 19, 2023
Bike Not Included 1,699
Bike Included 1,929
Sep 9 - Sep 15, 2023
SOLD OUT
Bike Not Included 1,699
Bike Included 1,929

DATES & PRICES

Bike Not Included Bike Included
Accommodation Details

Bring your own bicycle.

Accommodation Details

A bicycle will be provided.

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
May 21 - May 27, 2023
Bike Not Included 2,099
Bike Included 2,329
Jun 4 - Jun 10, 2023
Bike Not Included 2,099
Bike Included 2,329
Aug 13 - Aug 19, 2023
Bike Not Included 2,099
Bike Included 2,329
Sep 9 - Sep 15, 2023
SOLD OUT
Bike Not Included 2,099
Bike Included 2,329

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 Maryland 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…

  • Cruise through isolated forests, parks, farms, and charming towns with plenty of bridges, tunnels, and wildlife, ending in the urban Pittsburgh area.
  • 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, and a value-priced single room.
Featured Expert
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Aaron Hollis
Aaron Hollis is the director of education at West Overton Village. A native of Scottdale, Pennsylvania, Aaron grew up hearing stories of local history. Sharing that history with others has become his passion. He studied anthropology at the University of Pittsburgh and public history at West Virginia University. Aaron enjoys vintage photography, hiking, and spending time with his pup, Wicket.

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

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Aaron Hollis View biography
Aaron Hollis is the director of education at West Overton Village. A native of Scottdale, Pennsylvania, Aaron grew up hearing stories of local history. Sharing that history with others has become his passion. He studied anthropology at the University of Pittsburgh and public history at West Virginia University. Aaron enjoys vintage photography, hiking, and spending time with his pup, Wicket.
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Mary Kaufman Laurelville Site Coordinator View biography
Mary Kaufman holds degrees in journalism-professional writing and in communications-PR. She began her career at VisitPittsburgh and is the new program director at Laurelville. A Penn State Master Gardener, she finds meaning in volunteering, teaching, and gardening. Mary co-owns a small plant nursery and enjoys garden design, biking, hiking, yoga, reading, cooking, and being outdoors.
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Bill Metzger Author GAP Book speaker View biography
Bill Metzger, author of “The Great Allegheny Passage Companion,” 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. Bill has been a long-distance bicyclist, a working railroader, a freelance photographer, author, and a mapmaker. He is a founding board member of the Allegheny Trail Alliance and the Montour Trail Council, and lives, works, and bikes in Confluence, Pennsylvania, with his wife Pam.
Profile Image of Cathy Kumor MS CHES RYT Yoga instructor
Cathy Kumor MS CHES RYT Yoga instructor View biography
Cathy Kumor (MS, CHES, RYT) is a retired heath care professional who works as a yoga instructor and health and wellness consultant. Cathy has presented educational offerings for Highmark, Blue Cross, Blue Shield, local businesses, and community groups as well as presenting at PA State DUI Association, the National SOPHE Conference and the National Wellness Institute. She is a tireless volunteer who raises funds for library and community projects with her classes.
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Daniel Cocks Connellsville Canteen View biography
Daniel Cocks is Executive Director of the Fayette County Cultural Trust. One of their projects is the Connellsville Canteen, a reconstructed B&O (Baltimore & Ohio) Railroad Station that highlights the “canteen ladies” who fed the troops during World War II. The museum showcases thousands of WWII artifacts. It also features a display on the late John Woodruff, one of Connellsville's residents who won a gold medal during the 800 meter race in the 1936 Olympics. Another highlight is Harry Clark's Indian Creek Valley Railroad display.
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.
Facebook Group: Great Allegheny Passage / C&O Canal Enthusiasts
by Doug Riegner GAP Conservancy
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. Fun to read and will help you get aquainted with the GAP.
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.
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.
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.
The Great Ride WQED - You Tube video
by WQED Pittsburgh
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.





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