Allegheny Trail Alliance
Caretakers, guardians, and trustees of the Great Allegheny Passage.
The Great Allegheny Passage is the longest multi-purpose rail-trail in the East, with 100 continouous miles of trail open from McKeesport to near Myersdale, plus several smaller segments open in the Pittsburgh area. When finished in 2004, the Passage will offer a total of 150 miles of non-motorized, nearly level trail system between Cumberland, MD and the Forks of the Ohio River at Pittsburgh, PA, with a 52-mile spur to Pittsburgh International Airport. At Cumberland, it joins the C&O Canal Towpath to expand the off-road trail linkage to Washington, D.C.
Designated a National Recreation Trail, the Great Allegheny Passage enables hikers, bicyclists, cross-country skiers and people with disabilities to discover the region's singular beauty in river gorges, mountain vistas and sweeping cityscapes. Visitors will experience various waterways, wildlife, plants and rock formation on trails using massive railroad bridges and tunnels to pass through the Allegheny Mountains, not over them.
Trail users can learn about the region's place in history, ranging from George Washington's role in the British and French struggle to control the frontier, to the coal, steel and transportation industires that made the United Sates a great power.
The Great Allegheny Passage is the registered mark of the Allegheny Trail Alliance, a coalition of seven trail organizations in Southwestern Pennsylvania and Western Maryland. From east to west, the components of the Passage are: Allengheny Highlands Trail - Maryland, 20 miles, 0 done. Allegheny Highlands Trail - Pennsylvania, 42 miles, 30 done. Youghiogheny River Trail South, 28 miles, all done. Youghiogheny River Trail North, 43 miles, all done. Steel Valley Trail, 14 miles, 6 done. Three Rivers Heritage Trail, 7 miles, 2.5 done. Montour Trail, 47 miles, 30 miles done.
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