These daily document sets cover the first stage of the ride, from Washington, DC to Senecaville, OH.
These map sets do not cover all of the services on the C&O towpath and the GAP trail.For the most detailed coverage of the DC-to-Pittsburgh segment of this route, you should obtain the latest edition of “The Trail Book,” at the website of the Allegheny Trail Alliance . In addition, an excellent online guide to services and latest trail conditions for the DC-Pittsburgh segment is at http://www.bikecando.com/ . In addition, the Great Allegheny Passage (unofficial) Facebook Page sometimes provides more current information on trail conditions: https://www.facebook.com/groups/gapcando/?ref=bookmarks .
Download Map Set 03 – Hancock MD – Cumberland, MD
(This segment of the route is mostly a 2-track road, which will prove difficult for cyclists riding trikes or pulling 2-wheel trailers.)
Download Map Set 06 – Connellsville PA – Pittsburgh PA
(As of May 2019, the 9th Street trailhead for the 3 Rivers Heritage Trail on the south side of the river has been closed. Riders should now use the 4th Street trailhead for access to local services in Pittsburgh’s south side.)
Although I believe that the charms & services of Pittsburgh’s southside riverfront trails provide the best cycling experience, you have the option of bypassing downtown Pittsburgh by leaving the GAP Trail near McKeesport, PA and taking the Steel Valley Trail, Montour Trail, and Panhandle Trail south & west to the Ohio River. This route is a bit shorter, but the Montour Trail is not yet complete and lacks some support services that long-distance cyclists want. However, some local cyclists prefer this route:
The next three days on the Eastern Express route between Pittsburgh and Zanesville, OH is the same route mapped by Adventure Cycling in their newly-created (May, 2017) Chicago-to-New York City route.