The Great Ride
Just a few minutes’ walk off the bike trail lies Great Falls, MD, one of the most spectacular views in the region. The churning waters represent a dramatic drop in the level of the Potomac River, and illustrate why the C & O Canal was built in the first place.
Bald eagles are thriving near downtown Pittsburgh.
Saved from demolition, this historic bridge is now a trail treasure.
A vibrant piece of Pittsburgh's industrial history.
Sightseeing attraction or eyesore? Cyclists have their own opinions of this popular stop.
Pennsylvania’s worst mining disaster. A memorial for all that were killed in 1907.
The town provides cyclists with a friendly and charming place to break from the trail.
The rich history of the canal lockkeepers and their families.
Experience the life of a "canaler" - people who carried goods along the C&O Canal Towpath.
In an abandoned coal mine, an art installation features mosaics made of local rocks.
The view overlooking the Potomac contains a faded image from the past.
This state park has beautiful scenery and outdoor activities along the Youghiogheny River.
This cemetery dates back to the 1800s. Local legend says it's haunted.
A former "coal patch" town built by the coal company for the families of workers.
This relic marks workers standing up for their rights against the Carnegie Steel Company.
This flood control reservoir has become a tourist attraction and popular fishing spot.
The GAP runs right past the historic West Mifflin amusement park that dates to 1898.
A statue honoring families who lived and worked on boats running up and down the C&O Canal
The line forming the boundary demarcating the North from the South after the Civil War.
The point that separates U.S. waters in the Atlantic Ocean from ones flowing to the Gulf.
This trailhead is known for its switchback bike path and the opportunity to admire sites.
Ruins of a factory and quarry remain on this 450-acre conservation area along the GAP.
An 11-hundred-foot-high natural landmark offers cyclists a grand corridor to ride through.
Hikers and skiers enjoy snowfall on the trail between Pittsburgh and Cumberland, Maryland.