Troop 457—Zelienople, PA

Text Box: DC to Pittsburgh Bike Tour

General Information

Troop 457 is planning a bike tour from Washington, D.C. to Pittsburgh this coming summer. This site is intended as a source of information for parents and scouts who have either decided to take this.  Check back regularly as it will be updated frequently as plans are revised and finalized.

Below is a map of our journey provided by “The Denver Post”. Click on it to open a PDF which you can magnify and explore. There is also an article (here) about this map and the trip the author took with their family on the same trail we will follow.  Read below for a description of this trail

Leaders to contact:

Mr. Swank

Mr. Miller

Mr. Clark

We will begin our tour in Washington, DC. We will then travel the C&O Canal towpath to Cumberland, MD. In Cumberland, the C&O Canal connects to the Great Allegheny Passage which we will follow all the way to McKeesport. These are both non-motorized trails, which we will follow almost the entire way. There is a 2 ˝ mile detour around a washed out section of the towpath and we will bike approximately 5 miles off the trail to Antietam National Battlefield and about the same distance back to the trail. The C&O Canal is completely level until you reach a lock & dam where you rise 8 to 10 feet and then continue on level trail. The Great Allegheny Passage is built on abandoned railroad lines. Railroads can only travel slight uphill grades. The sharpest grade on the GAP is 1.75%. These trails are flat and smooth riding. The article linked above is about a family trip, where the author takes their young children the entire 318 miles from Washington, DC to Pittsburgh. I don’t believe the article lists the children's age, but they appear to be about 8 or 9. If a 8 or 9 year old can do this, then you certainly can.


To read more about the C&O Canal and the Great Allegheny Passage, be sure to check out the related links page.

July 13th – July 22nd


June 23, 2007