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Great Allegheny Passage section #2

This 47 mile section of the famous GAP trail takes you on a beautiful journey from Connellsville, PA to Rockwood, PA.
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Difficulty: Easy
Length: 47 miles
Duration: Full day
Family Friendly

Overview :  This middle 47 mile stretch of the 135 mile Great Allegheny Passage trail follows a route originally used by Native Americans, next... more »

Tips:  - The only motorized vehicles that are allowed on the trail are wheelchairs.
- Pennsylvania State Law mandates that children under the... more »

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Points of Interest

1. Connellsville, Pennsylvania

This is a great place to start your journey on the GAP trail if you want to avoid the traffic & road crossings near Pittsburgh. Connellsville has many nice places to stay including the Connellsville Bed & Breakfast. Another advantage of starting in Connellsville is the Amtrak station. You can take the train from Washington D.C. or... More

2. Sheepskin Trail

Eventually this path will be 33 miles of prime rail-trail. For now, though, it is a short spur trail that runs from the GAP to the town of Dunbar, home of the Dunbar Historical Society.

3. Ohiopyle, Pennsylvania and Ohiopyle State Park

This small Pennsylvania town is home to restaurants, bike shops, and lots of outdoor activities including rafting and kayaking. Only a few miles away, you'll find a couple homes designed by Frank Lloyd Wright including the famous Fallingwater.

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4. Confluence, PA

Although the trail does not go into town, just a short detour will be rewarded with some great BBQ.

5. Pinkerton High Bridge

This is a great photo opp and a nice, scenic resting spot.

6. Pinkerton Tunnel ...

... is closed... probably permanently...
... but the detour is nice.
If the tunnel was open, it would be 849 feet long. The detour is considerably longer than that, but is nicely done with some good forest scenery along the way.

7. Markleton trailhead

This trailhead has parking and restrooms only.
The trail in this area is nice because it varies between sections of forest, openings, and river views. This is one of the many nice trail segments for viewing fall foliage.

8. Rockwood, Pennsylvania

Cross the river into Rockwood for lodging, dining, and other trail services. This is considered one of the major trailheads with parking and restrooms, also.
Equestrians will be glad to find out that from Rockwood to Garrett, there is an equestrian path that runs beside the regular GAP trail.
According to the ATATrail website, "Horses are... More