The Salisbury Viaduct, near Meyersdale, PA
The Allegheny Highlands Section follows the Casselman River up into the rugged
Eastern Continental Divide, and then down the other side into Cumberland Maryland.
This section, completed in December 2006, fills in the long standing missing link
separating Pittsburgh and Washington, DC.
Map of Allegheny Highlands Trail
The trail surface is crushed gravel and is in excellent condition.
The western half of the trail runs along the south
shore of the Casselman River, and is nearly flat and well shaded. 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 Viaduct
which spans the Casselman Valley and Route 219 between Garrett and Meyersdale.
Nearby, you can see the
Green Mountain Wind Farm.
The recently completed eastern half of the trail follows the Flaugherty
Creek up hill toward the 3,300 foot long Big Savage Tunnel. Once through,
you may often notice a big change in the weather. Stop to enjoy the view
and then experience the rather steep decent all the way down to Cumberland, MD.
Along the way, you might see a Western Maryland Scenic Steam Locomotive
chugging up the hill back toward Frostburg.
Approaching the Green Mountain Wind Farm
Once you have reached Cumberland, enjoy one of the cafes along the pedestrian mall, or stop by the
C&O Canal Visitor Center and Museum. Not ready to turn around?
No problem! Keep going another 184 miles along the C&O Towpath
to Washington, DC.
NOTICE: The Big Savage Tunnel is closed during the cold winter months
to prevent freeze damage. No passage is possible during this period. See
GapTrail.org for exact dates.