With its winding roads and scenic getaways, Allegheny County has plenty to offer to visitors seeking authentic mountain and outdoor experiences. Within the area, the Great Allegheny Passage and its surrounding rail trails provide a tranquil and nature-rich escape to explore.
The Passage is open to avid hikers as well as visitors who simply want to peacefully meander the historic trail. Its biking and hiking trails now create a continuous, off-road trail experience 320 miles from Washington, DC to Cumberland, Md., to locations near Pittsburgh, Pa. The Cumberland to Georgetown segment follows the C&O Canal towpath, while the northerly stretch follows the route of the historic Western Maryland Scenic Railroad.
With the Passage’s recent completion in March, you can take the opportunity to enjoy the journey from start to finish or any part that tickles your fancy. Cyclists and hikers can journey to new reaches along the trails for a complete experience. These hiking and biking trails provide visitors with the incredible views and historic canal and railroad sites while traveling along the gentle climbs of the landscape.
If you aren’t into hiking, take the ride on the Western Maryland Scenic Railroad on a restored 1916 diesel engine. With a narrator onboard, this train climbs through the breath-taking scenery of the Allegheny Mountains for a 3-1/2- hour trip from Cumberland to Frostburg, and back again.