Camping in Madison County, Ohio

2013 FMCPT Fall Ride: Pittsburg, PA to Washington, DC

In 2013, the annual FMCPT fall ride covered over 330 miles in 6 days on the Great Allegheny Passage and C&O Canal Trail from Pittsburg, PA to Washington, DC.

The GAP trail has a packed crushed limestone surface, built mainly on abandoned rail beds, offering a smooth ride. The C&O Canal towpath trail was built for mules and not railroads, resulting in a slightly rougher ride. The C&O Canal towpath is a National Historic Park, and efforts are made to preserve important historic, cultural, and natural aspects of the area.

Thanks to Alan Knowles, who spent countless hours researching the trip and making reservations for our evening accommodations. Many thanks to Wayne Roberts and Jerry Miller, who followed us from town to town and hauled our luggage in support vehicles. Thanks Jerry for bringing your personal vehicle to do the hauling! Thanks also to Dan & Cindy Hepp, who provided a passenger van and trailer for the trip, and to Willie and Melonie McCormic, for letting us use your trailer!

Click on the following links to view a selection of photographs taken on the trip:


Sat. Sept. 7: Pittsburgh, PA to Bell Vernon, PA - 42 mi

Sun. Sept. 8: Belle Vernon, PA to Ohiopyle PA - 47 mi.

Mon. Sept. 9: Ohiopyle, PA to Cumberland, MD - 72 mi.

C&O Map

Tues. Sept. 10: Cumberland, MD to Hancock, MD - 60 mi.

Wed. Sept. 11: Hancock, MD to Harpers Ferry, WVA - 63 mi.

Thurs. Sept 12: Harpers Ferry, WVA to Washington, DC - 61 mi.

Fri. Sept. 13: Washington, DC sightseeing

More photos can be found at the following Facebook links:   Mike Michael    Rodger Lynch

Madison Press article

Articles & Resources

Map My Ride of Entire Route

Biking Pittsburgh to Maryland on Great Allegheny Passage: Associated Press

Biking the Great Allegheny Passage and C&O Canal from Pittsburg to DC: Washington Post

Great Allegheny Passage Trail Map - Pittsburg, PA to Cumberland, MD

C&O Canal Towpath Trail Map - Cumberland, MD to Washington, DC

Great Allegheny Passage Trail website

C&O Canal Towpath Trail website

Chesapeake & Ohio Canal National Historical Park website