August 21, 2017 Bryan Perry, Allegheny Trail Alliance
We're pleased to announce that the Great Allegheny Passage received over a million visits in 2016, an increase of nine percent over the prior year, according to an analysis conducted by Dr. Andrew Herr of St. Vincent College. The study considered information gathered from infrared counters ( TrafX ) that track use at fixed locations along the trail, and from synchronized manual counts conducted by volunteers throughout the spring, summer, and fall.
(Below: Western Terminus, mm150, Point State Park)
(A family enjoying Meyersdale GAP trail visitor, mm32.5)
*Yes that child has her own bike packing bags attached to her 1x10 Green child's bike! #AwesomeKid #AwesomeParents
About the Allegheny Trail Alliance:
Founded in 1995, The Allegheny Trail Alliance (ATA) is a coalition of seven trail organizations in southwestern Pennsylvania and western Maryland that is charged with promoting and enhancing the Great Allegheny Passage, a 150-mile multiple use rail-trail system between Cumberland, MD and Pittsburgh, PA and the 52-mile Montour Trail to provide a connection to the Pittsburgh International Airport. Completed in 2013, The Passage is now connected to the 184.5 mile C&O Canal Towpath in Cumberland and provides a non-motorized, nearly level trail system between Washington, DC and Pittsburgh, PA. The Great Allegheny Passage section from Cumberland to Ohiopyle is a segment of the Potomac Heritage National Scenic Trail, one of eight nationally designated scenic trails.