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Rail-Trail Sojourn
A Celebration of Trails and Trail Building

Since the first Sojourn in 2002, the Rails-to-Trails Conservancy Rail-Trail Sojourn has guided thousands of riders from all over America along the most scenic trail networks in Pennsylvania and Maryland.

The 2014 Sojourn broke new ground, taking in three different trails across three states. And, for the first time, the Sojourn included a walking option for some to explore the trail at a slower pace.

2015 Details

Dates: TBA
Check-in locations: TBA


Capacity: Limited to 300 riders.

The Sojourn is designed to allow participants the opportunity to stop and explore the communities and attractions along the way. You'll be riding at your own pace, and there are frequent opportunities to stop, rest, and enjoy the surroundings, which makes this a ride for all ages.

In the past, off-the-trail Sojourn highlights have included:

  • Rafting on the Youghiogheny River at Ohiopyle
  • A day relaxing in the riverside community of Confluence
  • Visiting Frank Lloyd-Wright's architectural masterpieces, Fallingwater or Kentuck Knob

For the 2014 Rail-Trail Sojourn, Rails-to-Trails Conservancy again partnered with the region's most experienced outdoor adventure company, Wilderness Voyageurs, who have 50 years of guiding experience.


Riders enjoying the 2013 Sojourn.

Recent Sojourns

Sojourn 2014
Beginning in the panhandle of West Virginia, the ride began on a section of the beautiful Panhandle Trail, crossing the border into Pennsylvania and connecting to the newly expanded Montour Trail. Here the ride passed through Allegheny and Washington counties, 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.

Sojourn 2013
The 2013 ride began in Cumberland, Md., and focused on the many attractions both on and off the trail along the Great Allegheny Passage. As well as covering the 150 miles into Pittsburgh, Pa., this Sojourn also included time to stop and explore natural and cultural highlights, including rafting on the Youghiogeny River, and Frank Lloyd Wright's famous 'Fallingwater.'

Sojourn 2012
Our ride returned to two of the most famous long-distance trails—the Great Allegheny Passage (GAP) and the Chesapeake & Ohio Canal National Historic Park (C&O Canal towpath). On this memorable adventure, Sojourners pedaled 335 miles from Washington, D.C., to Pittsburgh, Pa.

Sojourn 2011
For the first time, we visited the northern Laurel Highlands of Pennsylvania, centered in Indiana County—about 50 miles east of Pittsburgh. Sojourners explored a number of rail-trails, including the Ghost Town and Hoodlebug.

The Sojourn reminds us that this is a special place – the hills, the mountains, the rivers…
physically challenging yet mentally relaxing…
wonderful people to hang out with, to spend a summer vacation with…

Rails-to-Trails Conservancy
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2121 Ward Ct., NW
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Washington, DC 20037