Great Allegheny Passage. Photo via Wikimedia Commons.

The Great Allegheny Passage is one of the few things that really deserves the descriptor “great.”

Seriously, it’s a truly great shady riverside bike path that goes from the Point in Downtown Pittsburgh all the way to Cumberland, Maryland, where you can continue on to Washington, D.C., via the C&O Canal Towpath Trail.

The GAP trail has received plenty of national recognition (Bicycling magazine put it on their  2022 list of “dream rides”) and if you talk to any riders on the path, you’ll discover that they come from all over to experience it.

All that has earned the trail a Reader’s Choice Award for Best Recreational Trail (No. 6 out of 10) from USA Today. The publication noted that the GAP  is the first trail to earn a spot in the National Rail-Trail Hall of Fame. The Chuck Huckelberry Loop in Tucson was ranked No. 1 (probably just because it has a great name).

“Pittsburgh is an area resplendent with green space, with unique outdoor adventures around every bend,” says Susan Klein, VisitPittsburgh’s chief marketing officer. “The Great Allegheny Passage is certainly a can’tmiss experience when visiting Pittsburgh. Whether you want to take on the entire trail or rent a bicycle for a leisurely ride, the GAP trail offers visitors a unique, memorable way to explore our great region.”

Read the entire list in USA Today here.

Michael Machosky

Michael Machosky is a writer and journalist with 18 years of experience writing about everything from development news, food and film to art, travel, books and music. He lives in Greenfield with his wife, Shaunna, and 10-year old son.