September 11th National Memorial Trail: Garrett, PA to New York City

September 11th National Memorial Trail

Cycling the September 11 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 can be divided into three major legs*:

  1. From the Pentagon to New York City based on the East Coast Greenway route 
  2. From the Pentagon to the Flight 93 memorial based largely on the Canal towpath connecting Cumberland to Washington DC and
  3. The Great Allegheny Passage from Garrett, PA to Cumberland Md using many existing trails, and connecting a variety of historic and patriotic locations along the way.

* Some localities are improving the route in their jurisdictions; the map may lag behind some of these update.

This page covers the third leg of the September 11th National Memorial Trail, from Garrett, PA to New York City.  A series of day-long rides have been defined for this leg.

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