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Rivnuts from Homestead, PA on 5/29/2022 10:21:40 PM:
I just completed my DC to Pittsburgh ride this morning. Lots of observations which I'll summarize in another post but this post relates to the camping facilities at the Trailside Inn in Frostburg MD. The Inn itself is at the top of the switchback path from the trail up to the train station. The tent campsite however is behind the Inn up a steep switchback wooden ramp with still more terraces to climb after you leave the wooden ramp. If you are riding self-supported with a fully loaded bike, it is nearly impossible to push your bike up to that area. Further, there are no toilet facilities up there nor water and the area is rather unkept. In short, I would not recommend camping there. The other facilities, including the private rooms, hostel area and showers are down at the lower level elevation of the Inn and may meet one's needs.

 
Marlin Weekley from Metamora, illinois on 6/14/2022 3:54:04 PM:
June 3-5 i ran the CO from Cumberland to DC self supported in 2 days and 15 hours setting a new FKT. As i am sure you know there is water along most of the CO readily available from hand pumps. My plan is to run the GAP in september. My question is: are there pumps/readily available water on the GAP? Your help is greatly appreciated. Thanks

 
Rivnuts from Homestead, PA on 6/15/2022 8:52:33 AM:
Water availability along the GAP is somewhat different than along the C&O. There are only two traditional hand pumps along the GAP and only one of those is potable water. However, there are numerous potable water fountains and spigots along the way on the trail itself and places to purchase water within sight of the trail in some locations. The fountains are pretty obvious but some of the spigots may be a little more difficult to spot, especially at night. Also, the GAP passes through several small communities as well where you could politely ask a resident for water if needed. The longest distances (>15 miles) between available free water would probably be between Whitsett and Connellsville (15 miles), Connellsville and Ohiopyle (17 miles), Confluence and Rockwood (15 miles), Meyersdale and Frostburg (16 miles) and Frostburg and Cumberland (16 miles). I made a list of available water locations along the GAP. I'll have to find that list or recreate it for your use and others.