This is the essential book if you're planning a trip along the Pittsburgh-DC trailway, or any segment. Well written, this is like a visit with an experienced tour guide. The book offers options for various experience levels. You can't go wrong with this! --A reader
A good pamphlet if your planning the trip. It provides a good deal of useful information on routes and places to stay. It is great that they have produced an updated version of Linking Up since the previous edition was getting out of date with all the new trail construction and new B&B since 2002. --Another reader
About the Author
Mary Shaw and Roy Weil have canoed, biked, hiked, and XC-skied Western Pennsylvania for over 40 years. Many people have introduced them to trails, and they return the favor by writing guide books. They wrote Linking Up to encourage people to make extended trips on the trail between Pittsburgh and Washington. They also wrote FreeWheeling Easy in Western Pennsylvania. This guidebook covers the easy traffic-free bicycling and walking trails in and around Pennsylvania west of US219. All of the trails in this 244 page guidebook are free of automobile traffic. Most are on wide smooth gentle paths, rather than rough, steep, undeveloped trails. There are trails for short family outings and trails for multi-day touring. They also edited the definitive Canoeing Guide to Western Pennsylvania. The guides covers the canoeable waters that run westward out of Pennsylvania via the Ohio River. It includes some streams from neighboring areas, as well, The guide is the result of volunteer effort over the past 30 years by many, many canoeists, working through the Pittsburgh Council, American Youth Hostels . It is currently in its eighth edition, covering about 3000 miles of rivers in 470 pages.