For Immediate Release
Bryan Perry, Allegheny Trail Alliance
Ashli Workman, Allegany County Tourism
TrailGuide Unveils 14th Edition Guide Featuring Cumberland, Maryland, on Cover
Newly-Released, Official Planning Guide to C&O Canal Towpath and Great Allegheny Passage
Homestead, PA – (May 22, 2018): The City of Cumberland, Maryland, is featured on the cover of the 14th edition of TrailGuide, the Official Guide to the C&O Canal Towpath and Great Allegheny Passage. The colorful shot, looking up downtown Baltimore Street, through the outdoor Farmers’ Market, and up to the historical Emmanuel Episcopal Church, captures the spirit of Cumberland, a bike-friendly, historical, and arts-rich city. Known to travelers as “the connection,” Cumberland is the meeting for two trails – the Great Allegheny Passage (GAP) and C&O Canal Towpath, which connects Pittsburgh, PA, and Washington, DC, over 333-miles of a non-motorized corridor.
“We think that Cumberland’s reputation as a world-class trail town makes it worthy of representing the best of the C&O Canal Towpath and the GAP, which is one reason why it was selected as the cover city,” said Doug Riegner, Director of Community Relations for the Allegheny Trail Alliance. “We’re also pleased that TrailGuide features maps and directories for all cities along the trails, and helps thousands of travelers explore trail town communities.”
Ashli Workman, Director of Tourism in Allegany County, MD, added, “Being a cover feature could not have come at a better time for our community. Cumberland was recently named a ‘Top Adventure Town’ by Blue Ridge Outdoors Magazine, and we credit the abundance of outdoor adventure within our region, including the GAP Trail and the C&O Canal Towpath, to our award.” Workman also shared, “The GAP and C&O Towpath are tourism assets that drive visitors and economic growth to our region.”
The Allegheny Trail Alliance produces the 240-page TrailGuide annually, distributing over 7,500 copies, and uses proceeds from its sale to repair and maintain both trails in conjunction with local trail groups like Mountain Maryland Trails and the C&O Canal National Historic Park. TrailGuide is available at www.GAPtrail.org, Amazon, and at many local bike shops or visitor centers. The cover photo was taken by We are the Richards photography, based in Homestead, PA.
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About the Allegheny Trail Alliance
The Allegheny Trail Alliance is a coalition of trail owners and trail groups that built and now steward the Great Allegheny Passage, a 150-mile rail-trail connecting Pittsburgh, PA to Cumberland, MD. The Great Allegheny Passage is the longest rail-trail in the eastern U.S. and welcomed over a million visits in 2016. It connects with the historic C&O Canal Towpath in Cumberland, allowing cyclists and hikers to complete a 333-mile journey to Washington, DC. For trip-planning ideas, visit www.GAPtrail.org.
Allegany County Tourism
Allegany County Tourism is the official tourism office for Allegany County, Maryland. A comprehensive listing of area attractions, lodging options, and community events can be found at www.mdmountainside.com. Tourism supports 3,600 jobs in Allegany County, generates $160 million in visitor spending and $47 million in tourism tax revenues. Source: Tourism Economics