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Best trails in Connellsville

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Explore the most popular trails near Connellsville with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.
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Map of trails in Connellsville
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#1 - Great Allegheny Passage: Connellsville to Rockwood
Connellsville, Pennsylvania
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Length: 45.8 mi • Est. Multi-day
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.Show more
#2 - Yough River Trail - Connelsville to Camp Carmel
Connellsville, Pennsylvania
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Length: 7.8 mi • Est. 3 h 28 m
Just out of Connellsville, the trail comes becoms part of Ohiopyle State Park. Unlike the Yough trail north of Connellsville, this was originally a single line of track so the trail is more narrow and close in. The increasingly rugged terrain has the trail cutting through more hillsides. This section also features the Greenwood and Bowest Bridges in rapid succession. Unfortunately, the valleys over which these bridges pass have absolutely no scenic value whatsoever. South of that, though, the trail plunges deeper into the wilderness. There are no trailside facilities along this section and between Connellsville and Ohiopyle.Show more