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Allegany County is Home to Two of USA Today’s Best Recreational Trails in North America

March 2nd, 2021 by WCBC Radio

The C&O Canal Towpath and Great Allegheny Passage have both earned top spots in USA Today’s 2021 10Best Readers’ Choice travel awards for the top 10 Best Recreational Trails in North America.
Both trails were initially nominated by a panel of urban planning experts tasked to select the top 20 best trails. Ultimately, the public had the final say, voting on the ‘best trail’ from the top 20 during a four-week online voting contest.

Ashli Workman, director of tourism for Allegany County described the recognition as “an incredible honor” 

The C&O Canal Towpath runs 184.5 miles from Georgetown to Cumberland, MD, along the historic C&O Canal, which is celebrating its 50th anniversary as a National Park in 2021. The Great Allegheny Passage is a 150-mile rail-trail system from Cumberland, MD, to Pittsburgh, PA. It was the first trail to earn a spot in the National Rail-Trail Hall of Fame. Allegany County is home to approximately 70 miles of the trail systems, which merge in Cumberland to create a 330-mile continuous trail from Pittsburgh to Washington, DC.

For more information regarding USA Today’s 10Best Readers’ Choice travel award contest for Best Recreational Trail, visit