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*:
- From the Pentagon to New York City based on the East Coast Greenway route http://www.greenway.org/explore
- From the Pentagon to the Flight 93 memorial based largely on the Canal towpath connecting Cumberland to Washington DC https://www.nps.gov/choh/planyourvisit/maps.htm and
- The Great Allegheny Passage https://gaptrail.org/explore/printable-maps 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.