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February News and Alerts along the Great Allegheny Passage

Ride 30 Miles for IceCycle

Get moving this winter and celebrate the work that Friends of the Riverfront does along the Great Allegheny Passage by registering for IceCycle, its 30th anniversary challenge -- 30 winter miles on the GAP, along the Three Rivers Heritage Trail, or in your own neighborhood. Registration is $30 and benefits Friends of the Riverfront's trail maintenance and improvement fund. Participants who complete their 30 miles by March 14 and track their miles in its Strava group or on their own, will be eligible to win prizes!

History Website

It's taken key visionaries and thousands of volunteers to build the Great Allegheny Passage though some of the most beautiful, challenging terrain in two states.  Now, you can learn the stories of those dreamers and doers at Building the GAP: Our Story, a new website that showcases their hard work put in over 40 years. With rare photographs pulled from archives, and interviews with early trail champions, this is a great resource for those interested in all the details behind the GAP.  Take a look before you plan your next outing!

Boston Reopening Delayed

The GAP remains closed to all travelers between mile marker 120.9 and mile marker 131.1 for a municipal sewer installation project, and its reopening will likely be delayed two weeks to April 30, and perhaps longer.  There is no posted or easy detour. Long-term benefits include the replacement or repair of culverts that divert stormwater runoff, and a complete trail resurfacing between Boston and Buena Vista.  Our best advice to thru-riders is to arrange a shuttle between McKeesport and Buena Vista.  The following businesses may be able to serve you: Bill’s Car Service (412-855-4484), Wilderness Voyagers (800-272-4141), or 2 Wheel Escapes (240-674-7626). Visit for updates on progress.

Pick up the New TrailGuide

Updated for the coming season and available here or on Amazon, TrailGuide: The Official Guide to Traveling the C&O Canal Towpath and the Great Allegheny Passage is your best resource for planning an outing.  Great photography, trail town maps, and mile-by-mile descriptions form the core of TrailGuide.  It also outlines detailed itineraries for day trips, overnights, and thru-rides, and showcases lodging, restaurants, and shuttle services between Pittsburgh and Washington, D.C.  Best of all, it contains updated removeable weatherproof maps suitable for your pannier or backpack.  It's a must-buy, and at $10 plus shipping, a deal.  Proceeds benefit maintenance and improvements along both trails. 
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