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C&O / GAP Trip Reports

Share the knowledge and experiences of others who have already traveled the C&O and/or GAP, whether by bike, foot, or boat. Trips are listed in reverse chronological order.

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Author: Mr Purple Paul
When: July 2022
Where: Cumberland to DC
Paul rides the C&O for a good cause (and checks off a bucket list item) in this daily blog of his trip. Lots of great photos and insights along the way.

Author: Mr Purple Paul
When: June 2020
Where: Pittsburgh to Cumberland
Paul loved the GAP so much that he came back for more.

Author: Sri Narayanan
When: Fall 2016
Where: Washington to Pittsburgh
Nice blog with lots of short videos

When: Summer 2016
Where: Harpers Ferry to Washington

Author: Mr Purple Paul
When: August 2015
Where: GAP: Cumberland to Pittsburgh

Author: Bruce and Susan
When: 2015
Where: Pittsburgh to DC

Author: David Fritsch
When: July 2-11, 2009
Where: Pittsburgh to Washington
Pittsburgh to Washington, D.C. via Great Allegheny Passage and C&O Canal, over 10 days

Author: Charlie
When: June 2008
Where: McKeesport to DC

Author: Franklin Toker
When: May 2008
Where: Pittsburgh to Washington DC

Author: MC, DA, & EQ
When: 2006
Where: Pittsburgh to Washington DC
A must-read for anyone planning this trip, loaded with links, photos, and planning tips

Author: MC, DA, and EQ
When: May 2004
Where: McKeesport PA to Washington DC
This trip used the ATA trail, Great Allegheny Passage, and C&O Canal. The report includes numerous links and planning tips.