Biking the Great Allegheny Passage

Biking the Great Allegheny Passage (GAP) is more than just a cycling trip; it’s an adventure through historical pathways and stunning natural landscapes. Spanning 150 miles from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, to Cumberland, Maryland, the GAP trail offers riders of all levels a safe and scenic way to explore the region. And for guests of Benner’s Meadow Run RV Campground, the GAP provides an accessible and exhilarating day out for your entire group!

Must-See Stops along the GAP

The GAP offers numerous scenic and historical stops, many of which are within a 50-mile radius of Benner's Meadow Run. 

1. Ohiopyle State Park

Ask any local and they’ll tell you that Ohiopyle State Park is a must-visit for cyclists staying at Benner’s Meadow Run. Famous for its breathtaking waterfalls and thrilling whitewater rafting, it’s also a great spot for a scenic picnic.

  • Distance from Benner's Meadow Run: ~5 miles
  • Highlights: Ohiopyle Falls, Cucumber Falls, Youghiogheny River, and multiple hiking and biking trails
  • Activities: Rafting, hiking, biking, picnicking, sightseeing

2. Fallingwater

Just a short detour from the Great Allegheny Passage, Fallingwater is a stunning architectural marvel designed by Frank Lloyd Wright. Built over a waterfall, this iconic house seamlessly blends with its natural surroundings through its innovative design. Guided tours provide fascinating insights into Wright's vision, making it a perfect cultural stop on your biking adventure.

  • Distance from Benner's Meadow Run: ~10 miles
  • Highlights: World-famous architectural masterpiece
  • Activities: Guided tours of the house and grounds, exploring the visitor center

3. Kentucky Knob

Another Frank Lloyd Wright gem, Kentucky Knob, sits atop a hill near the GAP trail. This unique house features beautiful views and a seamless blend of architecture and nature. Cyclists can marvel at the sculpture garden and relax at the café before continuing their ride.

  • Distance from Benner's Meadow Run: ~15 miles
  • Highlights: Beautiful home with stunning countryside views
  • Activities: House tours, sculpture garden, nature trails

4. Confluence, Pennsylvania

Confluence is a charming town where the Youghiogheny and Casselman Rivers meet and once there, you can enjoy fishing, boating, or hiking. And if you happen to have bike issues, visit the Confluence Cyclery for repairs and a chat with fellow cyclists.

  • Distance from Benner's Meadow Run: ~15 miles
  • Highlights: Picturesque setting at the confluence of the Casselman River and Laurel Hill Creek
  • Activities: Fishing, boating, hiking, and visiting local shops and restaurants

5. Connellsville, Pennsylvania

Connellsville is a large, small town with ample amenities, making it a great spot to restock supplies and to enjoy a meal. The Connellsville Canteen, a popular lunch destination, offers hearty food and a touch of local history.

  • Distance from Benner's Meadow Run: ~25 miles
  • Highlights: The Connellsville Canteen (a museum and café)
  • Activities: Exploring historical sites, dining, and enjoying river views

6. Rockwood, Pennsylvania

Rockwood offers a quiet stop with historical charm. Visit the Rockwood Mill Shoppes & Opera House for shopping, dining, and local performances. The town park is perfect for a picnic break with your family.  

  • Distance from Benner's Meadow Run: ~30 miles
  • Highlights: Rockwood Mill Shoppes & Opera House
  • Activities: Shopping, dining, and local events

7. Meyersdale, Pennsylvania

Known as “Maple City” due to its lush maple forests, Meyersdale offers rich local culture and history. Visit the Meyersdale Area Historical Society to explore regional artifacts.  

  • Distance from Benner's Meadow Run: ~40 miles
  • Highlights: Meyersdale Area Historical Society, annual Maple Festival
  • Activities: Visiting historical sites, enjoying festivals, exploring the town 

After the Ride: Relax at Benner's Meadow Run

Benner’s Meadow Run provides the perfect home base for anyone looking to explore the Great Allegheny Passage. Our campground offers a variety of lodging options and biker-friendly amenities. Relax by the pool, share ride stories around a campfire, or simply enjoy the serene setting next to your bike. 

We hope that you choose to combine the GAP and Benner’s Meadow Run RV Campground soon, and when you do, our friendly staff will be ready to welcome you with plenty of cold beverages!

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