September 11th National Memorial Trail
On September 11, 2001 al-Qaeda terrorists hijacked four commercial aircraft, crashing two aircraft into New York City’s World Trade Center Twin Towers; another aircraft plunged into the Pentagon, and the heroic passengers and crew of United Airlines Flight 93 stopped a fourth airliner from striking the nation’s capitol by forcing it to crash land in a field near Shanksville, Pennsylvania.
Several days later, just blocks from the Pentagon, conservation and recreation leaders from across the country convened to attend the Mid-Atlantic Governors Conference on Greenways, Blueways and Green Infrastructure.
In the planning stage for nearly a year, it was decided that the conference should go on. The conference attendees envisioned a multi-use trail as a perpetual remembrance, starting from the Pentagon, proceeding to Shanksville, Pennsylvania, then across to New York City and back down to the Pentagon.
Today that vision is a reality The September 11th National Memorial Trail.
The September 11th National Memorial Trail uses the East Coast Greenway Route between the Pentagon and New York City, and the C&O Canal towpath and the Great Allegheny Passage for most of the route between the Pentagon and the Flight 93 Memorial, with closed point being in Garrett, PA*.
If you'd like to look at some of the magic trails, you can see them HERE!
* Some localities are improving the route in their jurisdictions; the map may lag behind some of these update.
Garrett, PA to Harrisburg
From Garrett to New York City, the third leg of this triangle route officially announced in 2015, using many existing trails, and connecting a variety of historic and patriotic locations along the way. Whether you are a long distance biker looking for your next long adventure, or a casual rider looking for a day trip, the Garrett to New York City route has something for everyone. This portion of the ride stretches from Garrett, PA through to Harrisburg.
Here is a 3D simulation of the ride.