The Cumberland Connection: The Trail
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The Cumberland Connection: The Trail


I’m Larry Brock, an advocate for the C&O Canal and Great Allegheny Passage. It’s a 335-mile trail. Starting in Pittsburgh, the Great Allegheny Passage runs 150 miles to Cumberland. Continuing from Cumberland, the C&O Canal trail runs 185 miles to Washington, DC. It’s a route scouted west by the father of our country, George Washington. This was his vision of getting to the west. There’s not a lot of ups and downs, but you do get to go through the woods. You get to see up on the hills, on top of the mountain. And you get to see the right of way that the railroads took over the mountain. One of the best ways of providing your logistics of transportation is to rent a car. Enterprise has rental places in Pittsburgh where you can pick a car up, drop it off in Cumberland less than a quarter mile off the trail, ride back to Pittsburgh. I think what separates this trail from the other trails is the people along it. The people that are here connect with the people that are coming through. It’s easy to connect from Cumberland to Pittsburgh, or to connect from Cumberland to DC. And that’s what’s made Cumberland what it is, ’cause it’s a connection through the mountains.

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