Total tour distance: 153 miles
Daily tour distance: 30.6 miles
Difficulty: 10 / 100
Our newest Family Fun self-contained tour covers the entire length of the heralded Great Allegheny Passage (GAP) from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, to Cumberland, Maryland. Featuring moderate mileages and 150 miles of bike trail with an average gradient of under one percent, this is an ideal trip to introduce family members of all ages to the fun and freedom of self-contained touring. The tour includes an appealing mix of camping and indoor accommodations chosen for their proximity to fun off-bike, family-oriented activities like swimming, rafting, hiking, museum visits, and tours of historic sites. We even supply lightweight pannier kits for the kids so they can experience carrying their own gear.
The main highlight of the tour, however, is cycling along the GAP, which follows the abandoned grades of the Western Maryland Railway and the Pittsburgh & Lake Erie Railroad. Located along the length of the trail are spectacular bridges and three long tunnels. And you can’t beat beautiful Ohiopyle State Park for a layover day, where you may want to take advantage of the hiking trails, nearby rafting, and the natural rock water slides.
We’ll also have a chance to sample a few miles of the C&O Canal Towpath near Cumberland before boarding our shuttle van for the ride back to Pittsburgh.
Please note: In order to participate in our Family Fun tours adults must be accompanied by a child and children must be accompanied by an adult.