Date(s) - 01/01/2020 - 12/31/2020
West Newton Great Allegheny Passage Bike
AT19/Y2229 – Sanction # 112960
13, 25, & 342K, Rated 1B (January 2 – December 31, 2020)
Some areas are not suitable for wheelchairs and strollers.
Start/Finish: West Newton Bicycle Shop, 106 West Main St, West Newton, PA 15089 (724.872.2185). Call for current hours before going. Water & Restrooms: At both Start/Finish points and throughout the towns on the trail.
The Trail: This event entails the entire Great Allegheny Passage (GAP), considered one of the best rail trails in the nation; the entire trail covers 342K, 150 miles from Point State Park in Pittsburgh to Cumberland, MD, and is sanctioned as an extended distance bike event. Start where you wish, bike east or west, & ride as far as you desire. If you want to do an out & back bike ride on the entire length of the trail you can do a 342K ride. Directions are provided for a 13K & 25K bike ride starting from the West Newton GAP trailhead at the West Newton Bicycle Shop. Trail heads are identified at https://gaptrail.org/plan-a-visit/directions-parking. Rent bikes at West Newton Bicycle Shop.
Bicycle helmets must be worn. Most of the GAP has a firmly-packed crushed limestone surface. Recommend a bicycle with a wider tire (i.e. hybrid or mountain bike rather than a road bike). Try the Trailside Deli above the bicycle shop in West Newton where a picnic lunch may be purchased.
To West Newton Bicycle Shop:
From I-70 take Exit 43 onto PA-201N towards Donora. Turn right on Rostraver Rd/PA-201. Veer right on PA-136. Turn left on Collinsburg Rd. West Newton Bicycle Shop on the right.
Point of Contact: Lori Lamberski 724-858-5965
We appreciate the hospitality of the West Newton Bicycle Shop for serving as our start points!