Great Allegheny Passage. Photo via Wikimedia Commons.

The Great Allegheny Passage (GAP) trail, which stretches from Point State Park in Downtown Pittsburgh to Cumberland, Maryland — and then connects with the C&O Canal Towpath to Washington, D.C. — was just lauded by Bicycling magazine as one of the “top 10 long trails in the country.”

These trails are showcased as the top 10 trails “every cyclist needs to add to their bucket list.” They’re not ranked by number, but the GAP is the first trail listed.

The GAP Trail is 150 miles long, with a mostly-level, smooth crushed limestone trail, much of it through the beautiful mountains and alongside the rushing rivers of the Laurel Highlands, cutting through gorgeous Ohiopyle State Park.

The trails are cited as the places to go “for that perfect stretch of car-free riding.”

The brief story and rankings — which also includes interesting choices like the 95-mile  Silver Comet Trail and Chief Ladiga Trail in Alabama — can be found here.

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