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Just completed the trip from George Town to Pittsburgh

Kim Wilkinson from Dexter MI on 4/29/2021 11:11:22 AM:
Rode the trails from 4/20 - 4/27, starting at DC. No water pump handles for the first 100 miles or so, so plan your water accordingly. Trail conditions were good all the way. Many of the small town cafes and restaurants were closed, not sure if it was due to the economy or maybe they don't open until May. So food and water needed to be planned. All campsites especially the hike/bike sites were basically empty. Some nights were freezing and days were mainly in the 50's with a head wind all the way. So going west to east would have been a better bet. Great way to spend a week and highly recommend it. Hope to do it again, but from Pitts to DC next time. Both closed trail locations, Paw Paw Tunnel and Dravos Landing were passable, just ignore the signs and you can get through easily. The Ohiopyke State camp ground accessible from the trail up a very steep rough trail just west of the town, so make sure you have a booking before the climb!

Bill in Houston from Houston on 4/29/2021 1:06:03 PM:
Kim, I think that I heard that the Ohiopyle State Park was adding some simple sites down closer to the trail. Did you see them?

Rivnuts from Homestead,PA on 4/29/2021 2:57:46 PM:
Bill: Someplace/somewhere I seem to recall that that initiative was delayed/deferred, perhaps due to the Covid pandemic. Having camping sites near the trail there would be very useful to avoid the very steep paths to reach the current park sites. I’ll see if I can find where I read that.

Kim Wilkinson from Dexter MI on 4/29/2021 4:56:20 PM:
When I was talking to one of the camp site maintenance guys about the tough path for cyclists after a long day cycling, he did not mention anything about a closer to trail site. But there is some earthworks being worked on at the start of the path, maybe that'll turn into a small tent site. BTW. Cabins can only be rented for a 2 day min. I was lucky and got a kind gate attendant :-). Book ahead!

Rivnuts from Homestead,PA on 4/29/2021 9:53:46 PM:
I found the reference to a new “Biker only - Nearer the Trail” campsite in Ohiopyle rather than having to climb the steep hill into the existing state park. It is in the Gaptrail.org website. It lists this trail side camp site as “Coming Fall 2020”. Perhaps the observed earthwork at the start of the path up the hill is indeed the initial effort for this site. Time will tell.

Bill in Houston from Houston on 5/3/2021 11:01:51 AM:
Those sites probably got slowed down by the virus. They will be a nice feature for cyclists.

CAP from Orange,CA on 5/3/2021 2:52:40 PM:
Hi Kim, This is a long shot, but did you by chance attend the University of Utah in the late 70’s?