Rails to trails event to be early this year

Rails to Trails Conservancy (RTC), the people behind Rail-trails where former railroad lines are used to create a multi-use path, typically for walking, hiking or cycling, has an annual trek attracting hundreds of riders each year. This year, their signature Sojourn event returns to two of the most famous long-distance trails in the country, earlier than usual.

Held a month earlier than usual, from June 17 to 24, this year’s Greenway Sojourn taps the Great Allegheny Passage (GAP) and the Chesapeake & Ohio Canal National Historic Park (C&O) beginning in historic Georgetown in Washington, D.C., following the pastoral scenery, lock houses and aqueducts along the C&O Canal towpath to Cumberland, Maryland.

The ride will then join the longest rail-trail east of the Mississippi, the GAP, passing through historical towns, countryside, rivers and streams and across mountain trestles and bridges.

One of the most popular multi-day rides in the nation, recent additions and improvements to the GAP will make this a remarkable experience for both experienced riders and first-timers.
This year, Rails-to-Trails Conservancy is partnering with one of Pennsylvania’s most experienced outdoor adventure companies, Wilderness Voyageurs, who will be taking care of all on-the-ground logistics and event registration.

To register, and for more ride details, visit the Wilderness Voyageurs 2012 Greenway Sojourn registration page.

Photo Rails-to-Trails Conservacy