Trail Alerts

JUN 1 2017 | Current Alerts

Paw Paw Tunnel closed as of today June 2, 2017:

C&O Canal National Historical Park has closed Paw Paw Tunnel as part of the planned rock scaling project. The park anticipates that the tunnel will remain closed between 100 and 120 days, hopefully re-opening around the end of September.

To provide thru-access for bicyclists during the project, a bypass trail will be available using an old logging road on the berm side of the canal upstream of the tunnel. A temporary “bridge” across the canal prism connects with an abandoned logging road that provides a gentler grade to the top of Tunnel Hill. This temporary by-pass then connects with the existing Tunnel Hill Trail.

Rock scaling is the physical removal of loose rock and unstable surface materials that pose a hazard. The project will enhance visitor safety by reducing the risk of injury from falling rocks.

For more information check the official C&O Canal NHP website.

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MAY 26 2017 | Water pump is OFF at Dravo campground

WATER is OFF at the campground until June 15th when the site will be repaired by the local volunteer trail group.

Dravo Campground    Dravo Campground Sign

Plan ahead to have enough water for your trip!  

Visit www.GAPtrail.org/explore to find the next closest town or business where you can refill your water bottles and camelbacks.

MAY 10 2017 | Repairs Close Olmsted Island Bridge and Overlook mile 14.1 on C&O Canal

by Pete Peterson 

Potomac, MD- The Chesapeake & Ohio Canal National Historical Park (C&O Canal) will temporarily close the Olmsted Island Trail and Great Falls Overlook on or about March 1, 2017 for repairs that will improve visitor safety and better protect park resources. Construction on the bridges is anticipated to last 90-120 days with completion and re-opening in late June 2017. Completion of construction may be impacted by weather conditions.

Read the official postingFor more information on the project and Great Falls, please visit their website HERE

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Great Falls overlook 3: photo by Dave Adams http://www.panoramio.com/photo/2907060

MAY 10 2017 | Several minor washouts - GAP trail between miles 4-11

It was reported from the Mountain Maryland trails group that several wash outs occurred due to recent rainfall.  Please use extra caution when traveling between mile 4 (Bone cave) up through mile 11.  Various pieces of the trail are affected and we want everyone going east and west to share the trail safely.  

We realize when avoiding potential hazards some riders swerve into oncoming trail traffic.  Be careful and travel safe!

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APR 7 2017 | Water & Restroom Facilities

There are chemical toilets at the campgrounds and GAP access areas, but limited potable water, especially since the NPS is no longer treating the pump water at the hiker/biker campgrounds. Carry at least a quart of water more than you think you need. Take advantage of towns along the way for water resupply. 

MAR 21 2017 | Big Savage Tunnel (GAP mile 22)

The Big Savage Tunnel (GAP mile 22) is open for the 2017 trail season. Happy Trails!

The 3,300 ft. long Big Savage Tunnel (GAP mile 22,) near the Mason-Dixon Line, is lighted and is opened during trail season. The tunnel is generally closed for the winter from early December to early April - Please check this site for updates.

NOV 1 2016 | Ohiopyle State Park (GAP mile 63)

Updates and photos of the new Visitors Center are available on ‘Ohiopyle State Park’ Facebook page.

Additional Ohiopyle State Park information can be found on the PA-DCNR website.

NOV 1 2016 | Three Rivers Heritage Section (GAP mile 139)

PITTSBURGH, PA: *To get answers to specific questions concerning the Three Rivers Heritage Trail detours, please join one of their Social Network sites: Visit the Website.

NOV 1 2016 | Montour Trail (City of Pittsburgh to the Airport)

For complete details on all construction notices for the Montour Trail please Visit the Website

NOV 1 2016 | Brush (GAP mile 6) & Borden Tunnels (GAP mile 17.5), MD

The Brush Tunnel (GAP mile 6)  is lighted. 

The Borden Tunnel (GAP mile 17.5) is NOT lighted - For your safety, PLEASE DISMOUNT & WALK through this tunnel.

NOV 1 2016 | Scenic RR Excursions to Frostburg off track (GAP mile 10)

The Western Maryland Scenic RR Frostburg excursions are off track. The landslide, located on tracks between Frostburg and Switch No. 9, was discovered Thursday during a routine track inspection. The train will only go as far as Switch 9 until further notice. The Great Allegheny Passage trail is not impacted by this slide, this section is open for trail use.

SEP 20 2015 | Pinkerton Tunnel (GAP mile 52)

Pinkerton Tunnel - ridersPinkerton Tunnel is now open!

You still have the option to take a 1.5 mile detour around the restored Pinkerton tunnel, near mile 52 in Somerset County. Besides shortening the distance, fixing the tunnel has create another spectacular feature along the trail. Located between the Pinkerton Low and High Bridges, the "bridge-tunnel-bridge" in quick succession is a marvel. It's also make a great way to create a loop ride, using the tunnel and the detour trail. Thanks to all of the donors and supporters who made it happen! 

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