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Youghiogheny River Trails

Allegheny Trail Alliance

Allegheny Highland Trail of Maryland

Somerset County

Photo of Salisbury Trestle

The Salisbury Trestle, near Meyersdale, PA (Now Open)

The Allegheny Highlands Trail (AHT) is the missing link in the soon to be completed DC to Pittsburgh Trail. With the next few years, the AHT will connect the C&O Towpath in Cumberland, MD with the Yough Trails (pronounced YOCK) southwest of Pittsburgh. The result will be a 400 mile traffic free bikeway through some of the Mid-Atlantic's most rugged terrain.
Map of AHT

Map of Allegheny Highlands Trail

Currently, a 23 mile section is completed through an area of Pennsylvania known as the Laurel Highlands. The trail surface is crushed gravel and is in excellent condition. The well shaded trail runs along the south shore of the Casselman River, and is nearly flat. There are currently several landmarks on this trail. The first point of interest is the Pinkerton Tunnel and its two trestles. The tunnel, located about a mile south of Markleton, is only 800 feet long. It has sustained about 1 million dollars in "freeze" damage and thus is no longer safe. As a result, a 1.5 mile detour was recently opened around the Pinkerton Horn. The other major landmark is the 100 foot high, quarter mile long Salisbury Trestle which spans the Casselman Valley and Route 219 between Garrett and Meyersdale. Nearby, you can see the Green Mountain Wind Farm.

Photo of Pinkerton Tunnel

Pinkerton Tunnel

As of June 2000, the improved section of the trail runs from a point about 1 mile west of Fort Hill to the east side of the Salisbury Trestle near Meyersdale. The final mile from the trestle to Meyersdale is still in primitive condition, however my ATB was able to easily handle 18+ MPH on this section.

A major effort is now underway to complete the trail section between Fort Hill and Confluence. Soon, the AHT and Youghiogheny River Trails will meet in Confluence. This will create a beautiful, 100 mile long trail between Meyersdale and Pittsburgh, PA! Plans are also underway to push the trail into Maryland along the Flaughtery Creek and through the eastern continental divide via the mile long Savage Mountain Tunnel.
Photo of Green Mtn Wind Farm

Approaching the Green Mountain Wind Farm

The major access point is the town of Rockwood, which is located about 25 minutes South of Somerset, PA or 25 minutes SE of the Hidden Valley and Seven Spring Resorts. There are several B&Bs located in Rockwood and campgrounds are also available nearby.

Once you finish riding the AHT, there are several other activities nearby to keep you busy. For example, there is some good Mountain Biking at both Hidden Valley and Seven Springs, and some great River Rafting in nearby Ohiopyle and Confluence . For information on accommodations, bike rentals, and other points of interests, check out Somerset County's Page.