GAP Partner Organizations

Allegheny Trail Alliance (ATA)

The Allegheny Trail Alliance (ATA) is a group of trailbuilding organizations between Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania and Cumberland, Maryland dedicated to building the Great Allegheny Passage (GAP.)

Like Rome, the GAP was not built in a day. As trail groups formed, they … Read More >

Friends of the Riverfront (Friends)

Since 1991, Friends of Riverfront has thrived as an independent nonprofit organization with the goal of “riverfront revitalization” along the banks of the Allegheny, Monongahela, and Ohio Rivers in Pittsburgh and the surrounding metropolitan area.[1] Friends achieved this objective … Read More >

Steel Valley Trail Council (SVTC)

In the 1980s, a group of friends in Pittsburgh began to have regular bike rides on the railroad ballast that became the Great Allegheny Passage (GAP). One member of the group, Lloyd Cunningham, convinced the Baltimore & Ohio Railroad that … Read More >

McKeesport Trail Commission (MKTC)

The McKeesport Trail Commission (MKTC) was founded in 2008 and was organized as a commission of the City of McKeesport not as an independent 501(c)(3). They operate as an advisory group to Mayor and the McKeesport City Council on trail-related … Read More >

Regional Trail Corporation (RTC)

“It’s a coordinating body that keeps it all working. But, it also just makes it so much easier. We’ve had groups come to us and say, ‘You know, you guys are really good at this. There’s this great opportunity. You’ve Read More >

Mon-Yough Trail Council (MYTC)

This trail-focused, Boston, Pennsylvania based volunteer group has been active in  Great Allegheny Passage (GAP) development for nearly 30 years. Before the GAP was a glimmer in the Allegheny Trail Alliance’s (ATA) metaphorical eyes, members of the MYTC had … Read More >

Westmoreland Yough Trail Chapter (WYTC)

The Westmoreland Yough Trail Chapter, like its fellow Regional Trail Corporation (RTC)-affiliated trail chapters, has deep roots to the development of the Yough River Trail North (YRTN), now known as the Great Allegheny Passage (GAP). Thanks to a … Read More >

Whitsett-Fayette Yough Trail Chapter (WFYTC)

WFYTC is a volunteer trail chapter that was created and organized by the Johnson family of Whitsett, Pennsylvania. The Johnsons were pivotal volunteers who helped to build and maintain the Great Allegheny Passage (GAP) for nearly two decades. A trail … Read More >

The Yough River Trail Council (YRTC)

The Yough River Trail Council is a nonprofit trail chapter that was formed in 1989 to maintain the Ohiopyle section of the Great Allegheny Passage (GAP) from Wheeler Bottom to Bruner Run. They assisted with the trail development along the … Read More >

Ohiopyle State Park & Friends of Ohiopyle

 The Great Allegheny Passage (GAP) passes through the iconic Ohiopyle State Park, famous for its rolling vistas and rushing rapids. Maintaining the park and the trails within it is primarily taken on by park staff, and are supported by the … Read More >

Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources: Point State Park & Ohiopyle State Park

For more information visit:

Point State Park DCNR Webpage

Ohiopyle State Park DCNR Webpage

Somerset County Recreation and Trails Association (SCRTA)

The Somerset County Rails to Trails Association (SCRTA) is a nonprofit organization formed to assist with development along the Great Allegheny Passage (GAP) through the entirety of Somerset County, Pennsylvania. In 1987, Hank Parke formed SCRTA with Greg Chapelli, Executive … Read More >

Mountain Maryland Trails (MMT)

Mountain Maryland Trails (MMT), formerly known as the Allegheny Highlands Trail Maryland Committee (AHT-MD) was established in January of 1992 to promote and assist in the development of the Great Allegheny Passage (GAP) from Cumberland, Maryland to the Mason-Dixon Line.… Read More >