The Pentagon Memorial Trail Circuit is a series of cycling and walking trails which honors the 184 people killed when terrorists hijacked American Airlines Flight 77, flying it into the Pentagon on September 11, 2001. Almost 3000 people died that fateful day in attacks on the Pentagon, World Trade Center and the crash of United Airlines Flight 93. The Pentagon Memorial Trail Circuit highlights area monuments which proudly reflect on America’s history of freedom and perseverance. The Trail Circuit will connect the Pentagon Memorial with New York City’s National September 11 Memorial and the Flight 93 National Memorial near Shanksville, Pennsylvania.
September 11th National Memorial Trail
The southern leg of the trail begins at the Pentagon Memorial extending northwest along the 184-mile Chesapeake & Ohio National Historical Park (www.nps.gov/CHOH) then connecting the 150-mile Great Allegheny Passage (www.GAPtrail.org) completed to Pittsburgh. It is planned to proceed north for approximately 25 miles from the Great Allegheny Passage near Rockwood to the Flight 93 National Memorial in Somerset County, Pennsylvania.
The northern leg extends 440 miles east from the Flight 93 National Memorial to New York City’s National September 11 Memorial & Museum and is planned to follow roads and existing or new trails.
The New Jersey route from Pennsylvania to New York City will follow the Liberty Water Gap Trail. This 130-mile system of trails links six trails from the Delaware Water Gap to the East Coast Greenway and the Hudson River Waterfront Walk.
The 337-mile eastern leg from New York City’s National September 11 Memorial & Museum to the Pentagon Memorial would align with the East Coast Greenway. (www.greenway.org) called the “urban equivalent of the Appalachian Trail”.
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