Great Allegheny Passage: Connellsville to Rockwood

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Great Allegheny Passage: Connellsville to Rockwood is a 46 mile moderately trafficked point-to-point trail located near Connellsville, Pennsylvania that features beautiful wild flowers and is good for all skill levels. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from March until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail.

46.0 miles
1,541 feet
Point to Point

dog friendly

kid friendly



cross country skiing


mountain biking

nature trips

trail running




wild flowers


This section of the famous GAP trail takes you on a beautiful journey from Connellsville, PA to Rockwood, PA. This middle stretch of the 135 mile Great Allegheny Passage trail follows a route originally used by Native Americans, next by colonists, and then the Western Maryland Railroad. Now it is a stunning trail following the watersheds of the Youghiogheny, Casselman, and Monongahela Rivers. The Great Allegheny Passage can easily be linked to the C & O Canal Towpath trail for a 300 mile bike ride or hike. The two trails run all the way from Pittsburgh, PA to Washington D.C. The trail passes near or through the towns of Connellsville, Ohiopyle, Confluence, and Rockwood. In between these quaint Pennsylvania towns you will find miles and miles of forests, riparian ecosystems, and stunning vistas. None are more beautiful than the grand views that can be observed on the expansive trail bridges such as the Pinkerton High Bridge. If you enjoy visiting the trail to escape the crowds, this section of the GAP is by far the least traveled and offers the most solitude. This certainly is not due to a lack of beautiful natural and man-made attractions. Instead, it's a result of location. 1. The first & third sections of the GAP include Pittsburgh and Cumberland, respectively. These are both major or fairly major population centers. 2. Section #3 of the trail includes the Eastern Continental Divide. It is one of the major draws for this trail due to its views, fall colors, and bragging rights. 3. Because of the rough terrain and small towns, this area doesn't have as many residents or tourists. On weekdays especially, you will feel as if you are in a vast wilderness, much like the eastern seaboard used to be over 300 years ago. You can almost hear the Native American hunters seeking their prey, the colonial surveyors preparing the first American roads & railroads, and the early mountain men heading west to explore this great country before it was even a country. The GAP trail can be used by bicyclists, recumbent riders, trail runners, hikers, and backpackers; in addition, portions of the trail can also be enjoyed by equestrians. According to the ATATrail website, "Horses are permitted only on the grassy areas between Boston & Connellsville; Rockwood & Garrett; Frostburg & State Line." No matter how you decide to navigate the Great Allegheny Passage trail, you will cherish the time you spend on the trail for the rest of your life.

2 days ago

beautiful trail. Connelsville to Ohio Pyle, lunch at Falls Mkt., back to Connelsville...great ride, great food, perfect day!

road biking
Sunday, July 30, 2017

Today we rode Ohiopyle to Confluence. It was 11+ miles each way. Easy ride. We saw all ages on this trail. Great day!

mountain biking
Monday, May 08, 2017

was a beautiful going down an old country road thru the woods..nothing litter just trees and river.road connellville-ohio Pyle 34 miles round trip.

mountain biking
Sunday, November 20, 2016

An incredible ride. It took over a day and a half.

mountain biking
Sunday, November 20, 2016

We biked part of it two days ago, camped and did the rest yesterday. Lots to see, but a little more verticle.

Saturday, October 29, 2016

great trail

road biking
1 month ago

Thursday, July 06, 2017

road biking
Tuesday, June 27, 2017