Top 8 Things You Must Not Miss on the Great Allegheny Passage – Part Two

For the first 4 things you must not miss on the GAP, read here.

5) The Mason Dixon Line

You will find The Mason Dixon Line around the midway point between the Big Savage Tunnel and the town of Frostburg. There is a piece of important eighteenth century history on the Great Allegheny Passage. This important landmark was the result of a land dispute between the British Colonies. Between 1763 and 1767 Charles Mason and Jeremiah Dixon were tasked with surveying the border to solve the dispute. This has now become an important landmark of American history. The Mason Dixon Line is now accepted as the line which forms the borders of Maryland, Pennsylvania, West Virginia and Delaware. It also marks the exact point on the land of the boundary between the southern and the northeastern states.

6) Cumberland

The town of Cumberland will be either at the start or the finish of your Great Allegheny Passage trip, but it is well worth planning to spend at least half a day in this quaint and welcoming place. There are plenty of shops to pick up supplies and restaurants to satisfy your hunger. If you need a caffeine fix to get your motivated to ride the trail stop by Mark’s Café and enjoy an excellent cup of coffee and maybe a pastry. If you are looking for something a little more substantial, the Crabby Pig is a local favorite. They are best known for their hand pulled pork sandwiches.

7) Confluence

This is another trail town which is worth taking some time to include on your itinerary. It is one of the most attractive of all of the small towns along the route. There isn’t too much here but you will find a couple of cafes, a restaurant and some bed and breakfasts. It is a nice place to stop and relax before heading on out back onto the trail.

8) The Eastern Continental Divide

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Photo by Nicholas_T

The Eastern Continental Divide marks the highest point on the Great Allegheny Passage. This point is of great geographical significance as it marks the divide between the Atlantic Seaboard and the Gulf of Mexico watershed. This is not only geographically important point, but an historically important one too. Up to the year 1760 it marked the divide between French and British colonies in North America.

The good news for cyclists is that once you have reached this point, the ride gets a lot easier as you will be going downhill! The view from the top is well worth seeing as well.