Great Allegheny Passage
ElevationAscent: 3,716' 1,133 m
Descent: -3,837' -1,169 m
High: 2,646' 806 m
Low: 621' 189 m
GradeAvg Grade: 1% (1°)
Max Grade: 53% (28°)
Current trail conditions
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“A 150 mile hall-of-fame rail-trail connecting Pittsburgh to Cumberland, Maryland; great for hiking, running, or biking.”— Bryan Perry
Features Birding · Cave · Fall Colors · River/Creek · Spring · Swimming · Views · Waterfall · Wildflowers · Wildlife · Commonly Backpacked
Family Friendly This is a lovely trail, with towns about 15 miles apart that have ice cream shops, cafes, inns, and bike shops.
Along its corridor, the Great Allegheny Passage features a delightful chain of trail towns connecting travelers with everything they need for a day trip or multi-day adventure. Local flavors abound at restaurants, bars and grills, creameries, and cafés. Along the trail, overnight accommodations range from lovely bed-and-breakfasts to comfortable guest houses, and from campgrounds to hotels. Outfitters and bike shops have a range of gear available. Travelers enjoy art galleries, stately town squares, boutique museums, renovated train stations, holiday parades, craft breweries, and historical sites. Festivals and celebrations take place throughout the seasons. Once connected by railroads, and now by the trail, our towns are destinations to explore, provide fuel for your journey, and give welcome respite every few miles.
With a crushed limestone (or in some sections, paved) surface, and a gentle, nearly-flat grade, the Great Allegheny Passage is a perfect path for families. There are plenty of free parking spaces at trailheads, standard wayfinding signage, and mile markers to guide your outing, and all kinds of places to treat your family to lunch or ice cream in trail towns. Families seeking an overnight adventure on the trail can pitch a tent at one of several hiker-biker campgrounds. Moreover, families with older kids can arrange an unforgettable multi-day trek; some choose to haul their own gear, others hire a shuttle service for backpacks and take advantage of local lodging options, and some make a return trip via Amtrak.
Land Manager: Allegheny Trail Alliance