Frostburg, MD to Meyersdale, PA
Heading out of Frostburg, the trail leaves the tracks behind for good. After a short roadwalk, the Allegheny Highlands Trail (AHT) joins the abandoned Western Maryland Connellsville Subdivision which it will follow all the way to Ohiopyle. Turning north, the trail soon passes through 945 foot Borden Tunnel. Climbing from here the vistas open up to the east as the trail crosses the Mason Dixon Line into Pennsylvania. In less than one mile the massive Big Savage Tunnel looms.
Built in 1911, it cuts dead straight for 3300 feet through the mountain. If the tunnel is closed for the winter, a service road of about 1.5 miles in length crosses the top and rejoins the AHT on the other side. Beyond the tunnel a short climb brings you to the Eastern Continental Divide at Deal, PA and an elevation of 2375 feet. The trail here is very wet for about 100 yards as the grade has been blocked by an elevated road. Future plans include a culvert for the trail. The grade continues north eventually running next to the active CSX tracks just beyond the Sandpatch Tunnel. After a curve the AHT crosses these tracks via the 910 foot Keystone Viaduct. This hike ends one mile later at the restored WMRR depot in the village of Meyersdale, PA.
Start: Frostburg, MD
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Big Savage Tunnel
Last updated: April 10, 2015