For Those Staying In Ohiopyle: Breakfast at the Falls Market. We usually head down to the falls for a photo-op, and then back to the station to rejoin the trail. Ten miles in we hit Confluence. The trail becomes paved for a very brief bit, we go under a road and when we come up on the other side we actually circle around to cross the river on the road/bridge. A hundred yards or so on the other side of the bridge is the entrance to the Allegheny Highlands Trail, towards Meyersdale.
For those staying in Confluence: Breakfast is at Sister’s café. To get on the trail, follow the map and take the trail toward Meyersdale. read more Mouse over Markers for the details.
In another 10 miles we cross a very picturesque bridge over the Casselman River. Good photo-op. 10 miles after that is the Maynard Sembower memorial hut in Rockwood - first rest stop and toast to Maynard Sembower. In 12 more miles (roughly 42 on the odometer) we come into Meyersdale, which is where we stop for lunch.
Once again, it’s the old train station that lets you know you’re there. When you get to the road at the end of the station, turn right and go down the hill (you’ll cross real RR tracks). On the right is the GI Dayroom Coffee Shop (weird name, but good food), for lunch. There is a sandwich shop at the top of the hill which avoids the steep climb back up.
After lunch, continue on the trail. We have about 10 more miles of a slow grind uphill until we hit the Mt. Savage Tunnel. After that, it’s all down hill!! The Savage Tunnel has some lights, but beware, there are another couple of smaller tunnels WITH NO LIGHTS, so have your light on BEFORE you start tearing down that hill (because you won’t want to stop to turn it on).
The trail takes you all the way into Cumberland and will end at the Crabby Pig just past the C&O Canal visitor center (look for Mule statue), where we will pick up the canal the next day. Head farther down the trail and look for the Marriott Fairfield Inn. To get to the Ramada, go back under the bridge, take right on W Harrison St and left on S George St.
Dinner is on your own but reservations have been made at Baltimore St Grill and Ristorante Ottaviani.
|Breakfast: General Store|
|Back on Trail 10 miles to Confluence|
ALT. START: Confluence
|Cross river and pick up new trail|
|Allegheny Highlands Trail 100 yards on other side|
|Go towards Rockwood|
|Another 10 miles: PhotoOp|
|Bridge over Castleman River|
|Another 10 miles to the rest stop at Rockwood, PA|
|Another 12 miles: LUNCH Meyersdale|
|There is an old train station there. At road past station go R down hill.|
|GI Dayroom (café) There’s also a convenience store for supplies (and a car wash!)|
|10 miles: Tunnel|
|Stay on path downhill all the way to Cumberland! Trail|
|Ends at Crabby Pig – just past the Canal Visitors Plaza (Mule Statue)|
|Head down the trail and look for the Marriott Fairfield Inn - check in.|