Celebration of last mile of bike trail to D.C. next Saturday


This city is celebrating this month the completion of the final mile of the 335-mile bicycle trail link between its Golden Triangle and Washington, D.C.

The final mile was finished at Sandcastle Water Park in May, and the celebration of its completion will be Saturday, with a 10 a.m. ribbon cutting at Sandcastle and an 11 a.m. bicycle ride from Sandcastle to Point State Park, where a trail marker will be unveiled at 1 p.m.

The trail segment at Sandcastle Water Park is part of the 150-mile-long Great Allegheny Passage — or GAP — between Pittsburgh and Cumberland, Md.

From Cumberland to Washington, cyclists use the 185-mile-long C&O Canal Towpath trail.

The two trails constitute one of the nation’s best-known long-distance bicycle trail routes.

Finishing the GAP is significant, not only to long-distance cyclists, but also to those who might be visiting the Pittsburgh area for a one-day trip featuring cycling along its rivers.

In the Pittsburgh area, the GAP is part of a 24-mile network of riverfront bicycle trails, known as the Three Rivers Heritage Trail.

The trails and the bridges connecting them offer spectacular views of the Allegheny, Monongahela and Ohio rivers, Pittsburgh’s downtown skyline and most of Pittsburgh’s major landmarks.

For more on the trail, read Sunday's Vindicator or Vindy.com.

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