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Swim Hole recommendations along C&O and GAP

Old 03-01-18, 07:23 AM
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Originally Posted by PedalingWalrus View Post
Now that our C&O/GAP trail trip is coming near (late May) , I was wondering if anyone knows what are the recommendations for stopping and taking a dip along the way ?
One of our favorite spots (both on bike and kayak) is the large rock outcrop near one of the bridges at the Pinkerton tunnel. It is usually a wine/cheese/bread stop for us and swim. I agree with above, the Outflow campground is great.
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Old 03-01-18, 08:02 AM
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Originally Posted by phughes View Post
For information on swimming holes, your best bet is to ask locals in the towns you pass, there are places people swim, but you probably won't get info on them here. Locals have been swimming in some places on the rivers for a long time, but unless you live there you won't know where to go. There is a place outside of Connelsville, I know of it since some locals were riding to it when I passed through. They asked if I wanted to join them, but I was planning on getting to Ohio Pyle that night.
^^^THIS^^^

Being a diver, I used to love metal-detecting at old swimming holes. I used to ask town locals where everyone swims, or where there may have been an old pier. I usually turned up something pretty cool. If I see a police station or town hall, its really easy to just roll in and ask the dispatcher or town clerk for some advice. Hey its what they do, right?

Also, for what its worth, many rivers - however so brown and dark they may seem - are still better for swimming than a public pool imho, and infinitely better than swimming in seawater (without a freshwater rinse after).
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Old 03-01-18, 04:04 PM
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Originally Posted by spinnaker View Post
I would opt for the hostel in town over the campground. Husky Haven also has a guest house but I have never stayed there.
Why the hostel over the campground? In Rockwood on various trips I've stayed at the hostel, the "Trailside B&B," and Husky Haven CG. I agree the hostel is very nice and well-run. But it's not much quieter than the the campground as the train tracks run literally right behind the hostel, and if I recall correctly there is an at-grade crossing there, too, which is where the trains blow their horn.

That said, Rockwood is a cool little town and I like staying there. Earplugs are a must, but if you are a light sleeper like I am they only go so far to blocking the noise. Pretty much all the trail towns have this issue to some degree, though.
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Old 03-01-18, 04:46 PM
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Originally Posted by PedalingWalrus View Post
Thank You for the offer. Our train arrives around midnight so we'll be late arriving...I would want to intrude like that. As it stands we are supposed to crash in a room that one of the couples we are riding with booked somewhere close to the train station. We'll be on our way in the morning. If we planned to stay in Pittsburgh for a day I would love to connect and check out some of the city trails. I've been to Pittsburgh twice now and I love the city.

You should try and plan on spending a day. It is a great city with lots to see, including the largest bicycle museum in the world.

https://www.bicycleheaven.org/

If I have the day off I would be happy to show you around.
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Originally Posted by Philly Tandem View Post
Why the hostel over the campground? In Rockwood on various trips I've stayed at the hostel, the "Trailside B&B," and Husky Haven CG. I agree the hostel is very nice and well-run. But it's not much quieter than the the campground as the train tracks run literally right behind the hostel, and if I recall correctly there is an at-grade crossing there, too, which is where the trains blow their horn.

That said, Rockwood is a cool little town and I like staying there. Earplugs are a must, but if you are a light sleeper like I am they only go so far to blocking the noise. Pretty much all the trail towns have this issue to some degree, though.

You really don't notice the noise at the hostel. At least I never do.
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Originally Posted by spinnaker View Post
You really don't notice the noise at the hostel. At least I never do.
Wow, you must sleep way heavier than I do! I remember the whole building shaking at times during the night. Plus, with the at-grade crossing literally right behind the hostel, the train has to blow it's horn right there. (And yes, I had earplugs...)

It is a very nice hostel, though...
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