GAP + C&O Trails

Pittsburgh - Cumberland - D.C.

Self-guided Bike Tours

Ride trails separate or combined  - April through October

GAP and C&O Self-Guided Tours

Lodging - Breakfast - App  - GPS Maps - T-shirt

The Great Allegheny Passage trail runs from Pittsburgh to Cumberland where it meets The Chesapeake & Ohio Towpath trail which goes to Georgetown (D.C.).  You can ride these trails separately or for a combined ride.

Our self-guided tours allow you to pick which tour is best for you. The Great Allegheny Passage Trail is a 4-day tour starting in Pittsburgh and ending in Cumberland, MD.  The Chesapeake & Ohio Towpath trail 4-day tour starts in Cumberland and completes in Georgetown (D.C.).  The combined GAPCO tour is an 8-day tour covering both trails.

Your self-guided trip is great for beginners or avid cyclists. Our tours provide:

Great hotels & B&Bs

Breakfast at most locations

GPS mapping

Our App providing detailed tour information and route highlights

GAP and C&O T-shirt and patch


Extra services you may add to your tour:

Shuttle to and from the trail

Luggage Shuttle – move your luggage to each accommodation

Bike rentals – Hybrid or E-bikes

Tours are available from April through October. See our tours for specific available dates, or we can build a custom tour to meet your timing.  Ride these two Hall of Fame Trails separately or combined and let Crossroads do the planning.


Great Allegheny Passage (GAP)

Cumberland

Great Allegheny Passage (GAP)

Ride the GAP - One of America's most famous rail trails. Pittsburgh to Cumberland

FROM$525/pp

C&O Canal Towpath

Cumberland

C&O Canal Towpath

Ride America's early transportation history - Cumberland to D.C.

FROM$600/pp

GAP + C&O Towpath

Cumberland

GAP + C&O Towpath

Ride the GAP + C&O Towpath from Pittsburgh to D.C.

FROM$1,100/pp

GAP + C&O Self-Guided Tours Comparison


TOUR

NIGHTS

BIKE DAYS

TOTAL MILES

AVG. MILE/DAY

DOUBLE OCCUPANCY  - Queen (per person)

DOUBLE OCCUPANCY - 2 Beds (per person)

SINGLE OCCUPANCY*

GAP

4 Days

3

4

150

37.5

$525

$625

$950

C&O

4 Days

3

4

180

45

$600

$700

$1100

GAP-C&O

8 Days 

7

8

330

41

$1100

$1250

$1990



* PRICE FOR SINGLE: Price for SOLO CYCLIST OR ONE PERSON in a room

GROUPS OF 7 OR MORE, OR RETURNING GUESTS: Receive 5% discount

TOURS AVAILABLE APRIL - OCTOBER

Extras for your Tour

Your self-guided tour includes your lodging, breakfast, transportation to the trail, GPS maps, trail information, t-shirt, and patch.

You might consider these extras for your tour

Shuttle to Start of Tour

We will shuttle you from Cumberland to Pittsburgh or shuttle you back from Georgetown to Cumberland.  Once you are on the trail, you will ride your bike to the end.

Luggage Shuttle

 No need to carry your luggage on your bikes, let us do the work for you.  Your luggage will be transported to each lodging location while you ride the trail.  Purchase as many bags as you need.

Bike Rental

Need a bike rental for the trail? We have hybrid bikes and e-bikes for your tour.  Consider an E-bike if you ride less than 200 miles a month or cannot maintain a 10-12 mile pace. E-bikes turn your ride from a frown to a smile. Helmet, lock, tube, tools, pump and small bag included.

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FAQ's - GAP and C&O Trail

The GAP trail (Pittsburgh – Cumberland) is packed crushed gravel surface for a smooth ride. Built mainly on abandoned rail beds.  The trail increases in elevation until Big Savage Tunnel where you go downhill1,754 feet in 24 miles to reach Cumberland.

C & O Canal (Cumberland – DC) is a well maintained and mostly flat dirt towpath.  It is less smooth than  the GAP Trail and you will have roots and rocks.  Hybrid and ebikes do well on this surface.  

At Crossroads Bike Tours we prefer travelling West to East due to the more downhill terrain and our services move in this direction as well. 

We start our tours in Cumberland, MD.  We shuttle you to Pittsburgh on the first day of your tour (GAP and GAPCO) or you start riding in Cumberland for the C&O tour.  There is free parking in Cumberland for the length of your tour as well.  

If you want to start in Pittsburgh instead of Cumberland, you will need to add another night at the end of your tour in Cumberland or Georgetown which is not included in the tour pricing.  

The trails are open from April to October but we find the best time to ride is Mid-May to Mid-June with less bugs and humidity then again Mid-Sept. to Mid-Oct. for the temperatures and fall colors.

Our start dates allow you to start or end your tours on a Saturday.  If you would like to start on another day, just email or fill out our  "contact" information and let us know what day you prefer.  We will work to make your tour happen.