GAP TRAIL CLOSURE – MILE 92 to 95 (North of Connellsville, PA)

  A 2.5-mile segment of the Great Allegheny Passage will be between mile markers 92 and 95. It will be closed from 08 July to mid-October. Beginning on 08 July, the Regional Trail Corporation will provide a shuttle service during daylight hours for travelers and their bicycles.   The shuttle will run in both directions between…

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SCRTA PRESENTS THE GAP TRAIL PASSPORT PROJECT

Join the Somerset County Recreation and Trails Association (SCRTA) for an exciting all-ages adventure on the GAP trail! Embark on a ride, run, or walk to 22 distinctive destinations, each offering a unique experience. At every stop, you’ll discover a special image on posts or benches. Rub these images onto the corresponding pages in your…

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Through the Mountains, not over them.

In Colonial times, the Allegheny Mts was where the wilderness began. The mountains we now call the Laurel Highlands – Negro Mountain plus Laurel and Chestnut Ridges – were an enormous impediment to early travel beyond Cumberland, MD, to the Forks of Ohio, now Pittsburgh. Today, we bike those 140+ miles easily. The GAP, as…

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Big Savage Tunnel Opens for the 2024 Season

The Big Savage Tunnel opens Thursday, March 28th, for the 2024 season. Crews from Somerset County and the Somerset County Recreation & Trails Association will open the west and east portals in the morning, and riders will have full access by noon. This marks the 18th season the tunnel has been officially open. The 3,294-foot-long…

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Big Savage Tunnel Closes for the Winter

The Big Savage Tunnel, Mile 22, on the Great Allegheny Passage in Somerset County is closed. The tunnel built in the early 1900s for the Western Maryland Railway and rehabilitated for the Great Allegheny Passage trail, closes during the winter to protect the interior from ice damage. There is no suitable detour around the tunnel…

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** UPDATE NOW OPEN! Temporary Closure of The Great Allegheny Passage due to Severe Weather Damage

** UPDATE NOW OPEN! The Great Allegheny Passage, a renowned recreational trail connecting Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, to Cumberland, Maryland, has experienced temporary closures in two sections due to severe weather damage caused by an F2 tornado that struck the region on the morning of August 26th. The affected areas include the segment between Connellsville and Ohiopyle,…

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2023 Tour de Trail: Berlin, PA to Flight 93 Memorial

Place 1025 Main Street Berlin, PA US 15530 Description The September 11th National Memorial Trail is thrilled to host our fifth annual Tour de Trail, a bike ride through the beautiful Laurel Highlands region of Pennsylvania, including a loop through the grounds of the Flight 93 National Memorial. Please join us on Saturday, September 30,…

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Why Small Towns Should Embrace Outdoor Recreation as an Economic Strategy

Outdoor recreation has long been recognized as a key component of a healthy and thriving community. Not only does it provide residents with opportunities for physical activity and mental well-being, but it can also serve as a major economic driver for small towns. By embracing outdoor recreation as an economic strategy, small towns can not…

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