WQED – Highlights of the GAP.

Pittsburgh television – WQED’s  “The Great Ride” award winning documentary explores one of America’s most treasured biking destinations – the Great Allegheny Passage and the C&O Canal Towpath. As a continuation of the project, WQED has produced a series of short videos that highlight the trail’s treasured landmarks. These include the Mason – Dixon Monument,…

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Big Savage Tunnel will close Monday, Dec. 6th.

 All good things must come to an end ….  at least for a couple months. The Big Savage Tunnel will close for the winter Monday, December 6th. This is an annual seasonal closing to seal relatively warm air in the tunnel, and prevent ice from damaging the entrance and concrete liner. Thanks for visiting the…

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New Trail Town Directories.

Directories at Trail Access Areas are important to guide visitors to businesses and services in adjacent towns.  This past fall SCRTA involved individuals from Confluence, Rockwood, and Meyersdale to review the former information and give them an update. The new maps are now in place. Printed signs go out of date.  That leads to the…

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HEADS UP – Heavy vehicles on the GAP

  Somerset County is resurfacing the GAP between the Mason & Dixon Line (Mile 21) and Miller’s Run Trail Access/Sand Patch (Mile 28).  Between November 15th and the 24th. That includes the Big Savage Tunnel. The tunnel WILL NOT BE CLOSED during the work, but there will be big trucks coming through while trail users are going…

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9/11 Memorial Trail Milestone & Volunteers Needed

On October 13, President Biden signed H.R. 2278 into law, designating the 1,300-mile 9/11 National Memorial Trail linking the National September 11 Memorial and Museum in New York City, the Pentagon Memorial in Arlington, VA, and the Flight 93 National Memorial in Somerset County, PA. The Trail Alliance is now recruiting volunteers to further trail…

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GAP scenic views protected.

Somerset County Recreation & Trails Association (SCRTA) and the Western Pennsylvania Conservancy worked together to protect 50 acres of woodlands along the GAP. The land includes mature hardwood forests between the trail and Casselman River. Dense rhododendron thickets line the opposite steep hillside. SCRTA provided funding for the project from the GAP Land Acquisition Fund of the…

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Fall Color at Peak

  Fall color is a highlight of the season along the GAP in Somerset County.  The following two weeks will feature kaleidoscopic views all along the trail. Some Suggestions; Starting in Confluence, ride south 9 Miles to the Pinkerton Horn.  At Pinkerton, views from the High Bridge are spectacular. Add the Pinkerton Tunnel and the…

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Walk, Run, Bike Race – @ Rockwood, PA

GAP Trail Access and Sembower Visitor Center (Click for Directions) Saturday, October 23rd.  Registration 8:00 AM to 9:00 AM Bikes start, 24 Miles, at 9:00 AM Runners start, 5K, at 9:05 AM Walkers start, 5K, at 9:10 AM Register, start, & finish at Rockwood Trail Head / Sembower Visitor Center. $25 Pre-Registration due October 8th…

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The color of Autumn

  Fall foliage is coming soon, and where to ride the GAP and enjoy the color in Somerset County is the question of the day. Early October, consider a ride 7.5-mile ride between Garrett and Rockwood. This trail segment follows the Casselman River through a deep, densely forested valley, perfect for enjoying fall color. This…

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Happy Birthday to the Bollman Bridge.

At Mile 30.1, the Bollman Bridge carries visitors over Scratch Hill Road.  It has been carrying people, bicycles, automobiles, trucks, tractors, and even steam engines over things for 150 years! First used by the Pittsburgh & Connellsville RR, it lasted only 15 years, when the railroad expanded. Then the 81-foot bridge moved to Somerset County…

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