Hotels and B&B's along the GAP
Trip planning is easier if you are flexible with your lodging. Major hotel brands are available in Pittsburgh (Homestead), Connellsville, Frostburg and Cumberland, but if you are staying in the other towns your lodging options are limited to B&B's. The trail towns page provides a complete list of the hotels and B&B's and their websites.
Staying in a hotel requires considerably less packing than camping. Pack your credit card, toothbrush, some clothes and a camera. It can be more adventurous to sleep under the stars but carrying all the camping equipment requires you to work harder and when your bike is loaded down with panniers and it tends to handle like crap. You will pack considerably less equipment by staying in hotels/B&B's but you will certainly spend more money.
Camping along the GAP
Camping on the Great Allegheny Passage is permitted in designated areas only. It certainly is possible to camp each night when you ride the GAP but the campground locations are somewhat sporatic and not always located conveinient to the trail.
When packing my bike for a long distance ride I am typically camping, so I am carrying a tent, sleeping bag, stove, and all the other tools and belongings I might need to survive on my own out on the trail.
I like to pack my tent and sleeping bag inside my rear panniers. Packing this way prevents me from packing gear that I really don't need. My most recent trip I used a trailer in addition to my paniers and I found myself getting carried away and packing things I didn't need. So packing your tent and sleeping bag inside your panniers will prevent you from bringing unneeded materials with you. Whether your sleeping bag is packed in your paniers or strapped to the rack, make certain that it is protected from moisture/dirt by storing it in a waterproof stuff sack.
If, however, you decide that there is something you must pack and you need that space inside your panniers to transport it, you can always take your tent or sleeping bag out of your packs and bungee cord them onto the back of your bike (top of your rack). When you pack this way, making such a move is always an option.
It's a good habit to lock your bike at night to a nearby tree, pole, picnic table or other such object and then remove all water bottles, lights, and pumps from my bike. Removing them prevents them from getting stolen in the middle of the night. If you leave your light or pump on your bicycle, there is always a chance that someone could help themselves to your gear. When you go to bed each night, make sure that your camp looks impenetrable. The last thing you want on a bicycle tour is to wake up and find that your lights, pump, and water bottles have been stolen. Not a great way to start the day!
Another important item you will need is a sleeping mat. I have a Therm-a-Rest pad that I’ve had for over a decade. The mats come in a number of sizes, but I have one of the longer available mats. I’m 6’ tall, so I find this slightly longer mat to be perfect for my body.
YMCA Overnight Camping, Cumberland- (Commercial) 1.1 miles from mile post zero in Cumberland The YMCA is just 1.1 miles from the junction of the terminus of the C&O Canal and beginning of the Great Allegheny Passage. Call the YMCA for reservations and directions. Fenced area for camping with eating shelter and picnic tables, barbeque grill and fire pit Indoor shower facilities and access to a complete wellness center, indoor pool, sauna and steam room. Firewood available for sale. www.cumberlandymca.org
Trail Inn Campground, Frostburg, - (Commercial) At Mile Post 15 Up the switchback from the Frostburg Trailhead. Showers, towels provided, Potable water, Picnic tables, grills, Bike wash, Internet access, Coin-operated washer and dryer, and Cafe. www.trailinnatfrostburg.com
Husky Haven Campground, Rockwood - (Commercial) Mile Post 43 Open all year - $10 per night/per person camping. PRIMITIVE Campsites with potable water & bath house 6/10 mile from campsites. Other amenities include, Chemical toilets, Picnic table, trash cans, Fire ring, firewood, Bike wash and Pet friendly. Internet access and cell phone service are available in the office - 400 yards from Rockwood Trailhead (across bridge). Mobile phone service is sketchy in this area. www.huskyhavencampground.comYoughiogheny River Dam Outflow Area Corps of Engineers Campground - (Commercial) Mile post 62 This campground is approximately 200 feet from the Great Allegheny Passage. Amenities include, Campsites with full hook-ups, Trail user area with tent space and fire rings, permanent bathroom facilities with hot showers, and Potable water. Many other services are available in the town of Confluence. email: email@example.com Wendy World Campground - located at the base of the Youghiogheny dam and lake. www.wendyworld.bizOhiopyle State Park - (Commercial) Half mile (very steep) uphill from mile post 73 The trail connecting the Great Allegheny Passage to the Ohiopyle State Park Kentuck Campground is 0.43 miles in length (2249 ft) and has a change in elevation of roughly 300 feet. It is suggested that trail users walk their bikes while on the connector trail. Bikers should avoid using the roadways to get to the campground. Take marked side trail just north of Ohiopyle High Bridge near mile post 73 at GPS coordinate 39 o 52' 29.6" 79 o 29' 33.2". Bikers should continue through the campground to the contact station for registration. Electric and non electric tent sites, walk-in sites, platform tents, cottages, yurts and organized group sites available Permanent bathroom facilities with hot showers Potable water The campground does completely fill on weekends and is best to have advanced reservations. Contact Information Ohiopyle State Park P.O. Box 105 Ohiopyle, PA 15470 (888) PA-PARKS (reservations) (724) 329-8591 (phone) www.dcnr.state.pa.us/stateparks/Parks/ohiopyle.aspx View Larger Map Stewart's Crossing Campground (Free)
Mile Post 88 & 89 Two Adirondack shelters that sleep 6 - 8 people each at Mile Post 88 (GPS coordinates: N 40 degrees 01 minutes 59 seconds, W 79 degrees 36 minutes 00 seconds, Elevation: 1012 feet) Two grills (charcoal available at nearby Martin's); no open campfires allowed
Two covered picnic tables SST toilet Water fountain; hydrant at Yough Park down the hill No reservations for this site, first come, first served.
One camping area with room for 20-30 tents at Mile Post 89 Amenities include year around water fountain and toilet facility, covered picnic tables, grills, video surveillance cameras and bike racks 24 hour grocery for supplies, charcoal and ATM 100 yards away. WiFi available in Yough Park at mile marker 87.5 Two pavilions at Yough Park (reservations needed from Connellsville City) Contact Information: Ted Kovall, YRTC President - 724-628-6078 firstname.lastname@example.org
River's Edge Camping and Cabins - (Commercial) Mile post 92 River's Edge Camping & Cabins features 100 RV sites, nearly 50 primitive tent sites, and full-service cabins, all of which are along the beautiful Youghiogheny River and the Great Allegheny Passage bike trail.
- Tent sites include a table & fire ring
- Full-service cabins - Reservations are required - Swimming pool - Free to registered campers and guests - Coin operated laundry - Convenience store - Volleyball court, horseshoe pits, half basketball court, children's playground - Permanent bathroom facilities with hot showers - Potable water www.campriversedge.comRoundbottom Primitive Campground (Free) Mile Post 99 Four camping areas with room for over 100 tents. Three Adirondack shelters; two sleep 6-8 people; one sleeps one person. Two fire rings (firewood available) and 2 grill. Two covered picnic tables. SST toilet. Well with pump Hazelbaker's Bottom Yough Outfitters - (Commercial) Across the river from mile post 102. Some primitive camping available April through October, Reservations required. No running water or electricity. Pit toilets. Bait, tackle, gift shop. Snack shop (with coffee for those cold camping mornings). Horseshoe pits, volleyball court, playing field. www.hazelbakerscanoes.comCedar Creek Park Campgrounds (Free) Mile post 110 Primitive Campground - Free for trail and river users. Permanent restroom facilities and potable water. No reservations for these sites, first come, first served. Dravo's Landing Primitive Campground (Free) Mile post 124 Dravo's Landing is directly behind Dravo Cemetery, six miles south of Boston Trailhead, one and one-half miles north of Buena Vista Trailhead - it is for trail users only - the campground is NOT accessible by car. Free. Room for several tents, two fire rings, and two picnic tables. Permanent restroom facilities. Pump for well water. No reservations for these sites, first come, first served.
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