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Thru-Trip Survey

After you get back from your bike trip, please take a few minutes to complete this form and log in your comments and suggestions. Questions will not be answered here, please go to the home page to "request information"

If you biked or walked all the way from Pittsburgh PA to Washington DC -- or the reverse -- ATA would like to offer you a full-color certificate. Alternatively, you can select the trailheads you used for any trip along this route and get a black and white certificate. Please click here to print a certificate.

Trip Reports

When you are planning a long trail trip, there's nothing like talking to someone who's done it. The next best thing is reading their trip reports. The ATA thanks the riders who have shared their trip reports with us. The following are a few excerpts and links to their web sites.
A Hiker Like Anyone Else: recounting a blind women's cross-country hike
Matt Gates - Trip Reports
June 2014 - Kiko and Susana's Ride of Your Life blog
May 2014 GAP trip report - submitted by Whisper
Jack's C&O - GAP solo ride, May 2014

We came across this cool GAP video on Twitter.


2013 Posted by KEITH WORKMAN

Follow our travels each day, we experience "the ride of our lives". The trail goes "thru the mountains, not over them as the GAP Trail goes thru three tunnels, the longest of which is the Big Savage Tunnel at 3,300 feet long (that's almost 2/3 of a mile long, but it is lighted).
Hope you enjoy our trip as much as we expect to.

click here to view trip report.

In 2011 Bruce and his wife travel from Boston, Pa to Cumberland, Maryland in 3 days on the GAP. Read about their trip, check out their delightful photos, and read their suggestions-particularly interesting is their means of transportation from one end of the trail to another; renting a Uhaul truck. View details here.
In 2010 Liz and Susan biked from McKeesport to Washington D.C. in 4 quick days. They offer great advice about what to bring, where to stop, and the things they should have done. A few photos of their trip are included as well. Read an account of their trip here.


Last summer I started a 700-mile journey out of Pittsburgh on the GAP trail. Ultimately, I ended up on the Appalachian Trail heading south. I wish I could say I've thru-hiked the GAP trail from Pittsburgh to DC, but I haven't; I got off the trail at Harper's Ferry. However, this summer after finishing a section, I can say - in sections - that I have walked the entirety of the trail from Pittsburgh to DC. I've started to chronicle my journey, day by day, in a blog. Perhaps people viewing your site might want to read my story, it would help them plan their own adventure.
Jake Bailey

Check out Jake's blog.

Paul Peterson's YouTube video made after riding the Great Allegheny Passage one weekend, posted 6-4-2012.


Tim Herbert's Tour de Tech

September 25-October 2, 2011 - Pittsburgh, PA to Washington, D.C.
Tim Herbert documents his day-to-day travels as he biked from Pittsburgh to D.C. on the Great Allegheny Passage and C&O Canal Towpath.

Check out his travel blog for more information as well as videos, photos, and tips from the trip.

Jim Kenney's Firsthand Report: Great Allegheny Passage Bike Trail
August 13 and 14, 2011 - 70 miles on the GAP
Jim Kenney and his son traveled a total of 70 miles during their two day treks. The first day was spent traveling from Frostburg, MD to mile 36 and back. During the second day, they traveled from Meyersdale, PA to mile 48 and back.

Read the full trip report complete with photos.

2011 Epic Bike Ride
August 2011 - Frostburg, MD to Keystone Viaduct
A father and his daughters, ages 7 and 9, travel on the Great Allegheny Passage as an end of summer celebration.

Check out their YouTube video to see all of the trip highlights.

3-Person Self-contained Bike Trip From McKeesport, PA to Washington, D.C.
May 2004 - McKeesport, PA to Washington, DC
Via ATA Trail / Great Allegheny Passage and C&O Canal
Ed Quigley and two friends made the trip from Pittsburgh to DC in May 2004.
Mary Shaw, with Anne Marschik and Roy Weil
September 1997 - Washington, DC to Pittsburgh
Via C&O Canal Towpath and the Great Allegheny Passage
The Great Allegheny Passage
Fools on a Mission
Ted and Colleen Garringer of Mystic, Conn., traded the comforts of home and job stability for a long haul through the states by way of two hybrid bikes. The self-designated "Fools on On'a Mission" rode most of the Great Allegheny Passage in April 2003. Visit their website for the full report.
St. Matthew Mileposters
The Mileposters are tandem cyclists, based at St. Thomas Lutheran Church. City kids enjoy a taste of the country and the wonders of God's creation as they learn cycling skills and care for each other in Christian love. Since 1997, over 60 of them have ridden the network of trails around Pittsburgh, PA, on trips from 20 miles to over 300, three times to Washington, DC, raising over $10,000 for St. Matthew, St. Thomas, and Deaf Mission in Western Pennsylvania, led by Lutheran educator Mark Shields, who has trained ten tandem captains; two of those have also qualified on a triplet.
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