Date(s) - 01/02/2019 - 12/31/2019
West Newton Visitor Center
West Newton Great Allegheny Passage Bike
AT19/Y2229 – Sanction # 112960
13, 25, & 342K, Rated 1B (January 2 – December 31, 2019)
Some areas are not suitable for wheelchairs and strollers.
Start/Finish: West Newton Visitor Center, 111 Collinsburg Rd., West Newton, PA 15089. Hours are Mon-Fri 11 am-4 pm; Sat-Sun 10 am-3 pm. Only open weekdays from November –March. Call to confirm they are open on holidays. (724-872-5586). An alternate start box at the Wyndham Grand, 600 Commonwealth Place, Pittsburgh, PA which is a short drive from the western terminus of the GAP at the Fountain in Point State Park.
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 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 Visitor Center. Trail heads are identified at https://gaptrail.org/plan-a-visit/directions-parking. Rent bikes at West Newton Bicycle Shop located across the street from the Visitor Center.
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 deli above the bicycle shop in West Newton where a picnic lunch may be purchased.
To West Newton Visitor Center:
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 Visitor’s Center on the left.
To Wyndham Grand Hotel in Pittsburgh, PA:
North: I-79S to 279S to Pittsburgh, Exit 1A to Ft. Duquesne Blvd., RT at Stanwix St. RT on Penn Ave., RT on Commonwealth Place.
South: I-79N to 376E via exit 59A to Pittsburgh. Exit 70A to Liberty Ave., LT on Commonwealth Place.
East: 376W, exit 70D to Stanwix St, LT at Ft. Pitt Blvd., RT on Commonwealth Place.
West: 376E, exit 70A to Liberty Ave., LT on Commonwealth Place.
Point of Contact: Lori Lamberski 724-858-5965
We appreciate the hospitality of the West Newton Visitor Center and the Wyndham Grand Hotel for serving as our start points!