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*:

  • From the Pentagon to New York City based on the East Coast Greenway route 
  • From the Pentagon to the Flight 93 memorial based largely on the Canal towpath connecting Cumberland to Washington DC and
  • 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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