Pennsylvania Sojourn participants enjoying a relaxed ride. | Photo by Cleo Fogal

More than Just an Incredible Ride

RTC Sojourns are more than just great rides (and they are great rides!); they’re powerful “trail-building tools” that highlight the incredible impact of long-distance trail routes on America’s communities.

Since 2001, RTC’s annual Sojourns have guided thousands of riders from all over America along the most scenic trail networks in Pennsylvania, West Virginia, Maryland, New Jersey, and New York…and the list continues to grow. 

Photo by Cleo Fogal

These premier RTC biking events—in which participants explore incredible communities and attractions along the way (from the picturesque to the historic, and beyond)—are designed to celebrate open trails and draw attention to gaps in would-be trail systems that, if completed, could result in innumerable benefits (economic, health, social, environmental and much more) for their local regions.

Our sojourns are for all ages and skill levels—from the young to the young-at-heart, aficionados to first-timers, families to freewheelers! Experience these truly unforgettable adventures for yourselves, and be a part of the effort to complete these critical trail networks.

2016 Sojourn Series

The 2016 Sojourn Series is a major expansion of our annual trail rides. Four world-class biking events in Florida, Pennsylvania, West Virginia and Ohio offer the perfect opportunity to experience some of the nation’s top rail-trails and greenways—and the communities they connect.

Florida Sojourn

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“Miami-to-Everglades Tour”

Dates: Feb. 29  Mar. 3, 2016
Duration: Four days, three nights
Departure Location: Miami, Florida

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Pennsylvania Sojourn

"A Mother's Day Excursion along the Great Allegheny Passage"

Dates: May 6  8, 2016
Duration: Three days, two nights
Departure Location: Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
Registration: Registration coming soon

West Virginia Sojourn

“Wild and Wonderful North Bend Trail”

Dates: Jun. 19  22, 2016
Duration: Four days, three nights
Departure Location: Parkersburg, West Virginia
Registration: Registration coming soon

Ohio Sojourn

"Cleveland to Columbus on the Ohio-to-Erie Trail"

Dates: Sept. 2016 (Dates TBA)
Duration: Four days, three nights
Departure Location: Cleveland, Ohio
Registration: Registration coming soon

Recent Sojourns

Photo by Cleo Fogal

Sojourn participants have the opportunity to explore communities and attractions along routes spanning hundreds of miles. We design each trip so that individuals can ride at their own pace, which makes the events appropriate for people of all ages.

2014 Pennsylvania Sojourn

This 191-mile, three-state ride began on the Panhandle Trail in West Virginia. The 300 participants then crossed the border into Pennsylvania and connected to the newly expanded Montour Trail, which is south and southwest of Pittsburgh. From the Montour Trail, the ride connected to perhaps the most famous rail-trail in the world, the Great Allegheny Passage (GAP), for the journey south to Cumberland, Md.

Sojourners enjoyed a variety of fun—from whitewater rafting on the Youghiogheny River, to touring Frank Lloyd Wright’s Fallingwater and Kentuck Knob, to visiting a restored opera house in Rockwood, Pa. 

View photos from the 2014 trip

2010 Sojourn

The 2010 Pennsylvania Rail-Trail Sojourn (July) took 300 cyclists on a 250-plus-mile grand heritage loop through southeastern Pennsylvania and the Delaware River Valley of New Jersey. Cyclists explored seven rail-trails, including the Delaware Canal Towpath, Delaware & Raritan Canal Towpath, Ironton Rail-Trail, Lehigh Canal (South) Trail, D&L Trail - Lehigh Gorge State Park Trail, Perkiomen Trail and Schuylkill River Trail.

Highlights included a kickoff overnight stay on Battleship New Jersey on the Camden/Philadelphia waterfront, white-water rafting on the Lehigh River and an overnight on Bull’s Island (Delaware River).

2007 Sojourn

This 335-mile Sojourn took 500 cyclists on the Grand Opening Ride of the Washington, D.C., to Pittsburgh, Pa., trail connection via the Chesapeake & Ohio Canal Towpath, Western Maryland Rail Trail and Great Allegheny Passage. The last 10 miles were punctuated with an escort from 12 state police motorcycles!

Riders enjoyed numerous parks and historical sites along the way; highlights included rides through Fort Frederick State Park in Maryland and the Big Savage Tunnel in Pennsylvania, as well as stops at Ohiopyle State Park and to tour a stained glass factory.

2005 Sojourn

This six-day, 210-mile bike tour kicked off along the shores of Lake Erie on the beautiful trail at Presque Isle State park and followed nine more trails south to the suburbs of Pittsburgh, Pa., including the Bayfront Connector, Cory Junction Greenway, East Branch Trail, Oil Creek State Park Trail, Samuel Justus Recreational Trail, Allegheny River Trail, Sandy Creek Trail, Armstrong Trail and Butler-Freeport Trail.

The 400 riders toured rolling country roads and Amish farmland, visited America’s first commercial oil well (Drake Well), enjoyed live performances and cultural sites in Franklin and made an Allegheny River crossing by boat!