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Allegheny Trail Alliance

The Allegheny Trail Alliance is a group of rails to trails organizations building the Great Allegheny Passage, a 152 mile bicycle and walking trail connecting Cumberland, MD with Pittsburgh, PA, with a 52 mile branch to the Pittsburgh International Airport. At Cumberland we link to the C O Canal Towpath, creating a continuous ride to Washington, DC.
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419 College Ave
Greensburg , PA 15601
Phone: 724-853-BIKE (853-2453)
E-Mail: atamail@atatrail.org
Website: http://atatrail.org/ata-home.htm

Detailed Information:
The Allegheny Trail Alliance is a coalition of seven trail-building organizations in southwestern Pennsylvania and western Maryland whose purpose is to assure the construction, maintenance and use of the multi-purpose trail between Pittsburgh, PA, and Cumberland, MD, where the trail will join the CandO Canal Towpath Trail, which continues on to Washington, DC.

Benefits of the Trail
* economic stimulus for communities: the completed portions of the trail are attracting new businesses, such as bike shops, restaurants, and other services. The trail will be a destination point, adding to the many tourist attractions of the region;
* extensive exercise and recreational opportunities: free to people of all ages and physical abilities;
* presents the heritage of the region: from native American campgrounds, remains of beehive coke ovens, railroad towns, and Pittsburgh's great "Valley of Steel";
* protection of the river environment: this corridor is valuable wildlife habitat and allows a natural buffer to develop along the rivers;
* educational opportunities: along the trail from history and culture to geology and ecology, the trail provides many educational opportunities.

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