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Great Allegheny Passage Trail is a 150 mile crushed limestone trail for biking, and hiking that links Pittsburgh, PA to Cumberland, MD and the 184.5 mile C&O Canal Trail that connects to Washington, DC. That makes 334.5 miles of safe travel without threat from motorized vehicles.
Despite rising to an elevation of 2392 feet at the eastern continental divide in Larimer Township, PA (Somerset County, PA), the trail built on former railroad beds has an average grade of only 2%.The 150 mile Great Allegheny Passage Trail is a single trail made up of multiple corridors:
|?}||Youghiogheny River, or "Yough" as many locals call it, begins in the mountains of West Virginia and Maryland before flowing into the Youghiogheny River Lake (reservoir). The Youghiogheny River emerges after a dam at Confluence, PA, where it is joined by water from the Casselman River and Laurel Hill Creek before flowing with class II and III whitewater rapids prior to Ohiopyle, PA, where the Youghiogheny River makes a dramatic 20 - 25 foot plunge at Ohiopyle State Park, PA's Ohiopyle Falls. Class III, IV and V rapids begin at Ohiopyle, PA and continue for nearly eight miles before the river begins to calm as it nears South Connellsville, PA. The Youghiogheny River's personality becomes gentler beginning at Connellsville, PA, after which it meanders until its confluence with the Monongahela River at McKeesport, PA.|
|?}||The name of the Youghiogheny River is attributed to the Kanhawha Indians who had several villages around the river's highland waters. Youghiogheny translates to "four rapid streams," in reference to the junction of rivers in Confluence, PA.|
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