The Great Allegheny Passage is often called the GAP, and it's an incredible path all by itself. When combined with the C & O Canal... more » Towpath, it is one of the world's premier trails. Only a small portion of the trail is paved, but the rest of it is very smooth and nicely compacted. It makes for smooth bike riding and easy hiking.
This 44 mile section of the GAP trail is jam-packed with vistas, attractions, historical sites, and welcoming towns. Some of the attractions you will encounter while on the Rockwood to Cumberland section of the Great Allegheny Passage include:
- the Bollman Iron Bridge
- the Eastern Continental Divide
- the Big Savage Tunnel
- the Mason Dixon Line
- the Borden Mill Tunnel
- the Brush Tunnel
- the Cumberland Bone Cave
- the Western Maryland Railroad Bridge
- the towns of Cumberland, Frostburg, Meyersdale, Garrett, and Rockwood
Another distinct advantage of this trail portion is the availability of food, lodging, and other trail services. If you are riding a bike, you should be able to easily complete this section in one day, but with all the available services, you can also take your time and turn the excursion into a multi-day outing.
The trails section from Rockwood to the Eastern Continental Divide is by far the steepest portion of the entire GAP trail, but steep is definitely a relative term. Because this trail follows the railroad grade, it is always very manageable and is an awesome trail for riders and walkers of all ages and abilities.
Two different portions of this trail are open to equestrians. Those two portions include: Rockwood to Garrett and Frostburg to the state line. These two sections are excellent horseback riding trails and provide plenty of room for equestrians, bicyclists, and hikers. less «