The Yockatomac


Our 11th Great Passage

     Yockatomac Trek 2009


Washington, DC to Pittsburgh, PA

      June 13 – 21, 2009

Registration & General Information

Event shirts and jerseys

Daily Information




Each participant is responsible for making his/her own reservations at the designated lodging places shown below.  Luggage service will be provided only to these lodgings.  Please do not plan to stay anywhere else.  You must have reservations at one of these lodgings for each night you plan to be on the trip prior to submitting your registration forms.  As you make your reservations, fill in the confirmation number (if any) on the registration forms . This form should be returned to the Yocktrek coordinator by April 1, 2009.


Rooms are held for our group at each lodging place through the reservation deadline date indicated.  After that, rooms may not be available, and the stated rate may not be honored. Cancellation policies vary widely between small local B&Bs/inns and large chain hotels, and each participant is responsible for their own cancellations.  Ask for and be sure you understand the proprietor’s cancellation policies.


Due to lodging capacity limitations on some nights, some lodgings are designated (Full Occupancy Required!).  We strongly encourage you if possible to fully utilize the lodging capacity at those places by sharing rooms with a roommate.  We really need to double up in order to accommodate the whole trip (we won't ask you to share your bed, but please help us use all the beds). This will allow the trip to be enjoyed by as many participants as possible given the lodging constraints.  If you would like help finding a roommate, contact the Yocktrek Coordinator.


All rooms are held under the name “Yockatomac Trek.”

Tell them you are with the group when you call.



Saturday, June 13
Arrive at Georgetown


The luggage van and transport van will leave from the Boston Waterfront Restaurant parking lot at 10AM and arrive at the Best Western New Hampshire Suites at around 3PM.   If you want your bike/gear on either of these vans, be there before 9:30AM to load up.  Unless you are riding in one of the vans, getting yourself to Georgetown is your responsibility.  As an incentive for you to get your reservation in early, there will be a limited number of seats on the support van for $25 per seat.  These will be offered on a first come basis.  Riders will be contacted in the order their reservations are received.  The price is low because the van is going there anyway and all funds go into the general kitty.


Boston Waterfront Restaurant & Lounge

2422 Saint David Dr

Boston,  PA 15135

(412) 751-8112



For all others, you may book a ride on the shuttle, which will also meet us at the Boston Waterfront, or you can get yourself to Georgetown any other way you can.  It’s your trip.  Some out of towners may choose to meet the group in Georgetown and shuttle back or leave out of Pittsburgh.  Here’s the contact information for the shuttle van.


Yough River Transport

Phone: (724) 277-0550 (not working 10/2017)


The cost of the Yough River Transport ride is $95.00.


Please note that the support van is not the Titanic.  It will only hold so much.  We don’t want to act like an airline by limiting you to one suitcase and a carry-on, but please try to pack light.  Coolers will be available for the group, so you don’t need to bring your own.




Best Western New Hampshire Suites Hotel

1121 New Hampshire Avenue NW

Washington, D.C. 20037





Room rate is $169.00 per night (all prices excluding tax).  A separate conference room has been reserved for secure bike storage.  The room will be locked up overnight, so don’t put anything in there you might need later.  The storage room is included in your daily fee.




The Tombs, 1226 36th Street, NW, Washington, DC 20007, just atop the infamous M Street steps.  Dinner is included in your daily fee.  Reservation is at 5:30, to give you time to enjoy the sights and sounds of Georgetown afterward, and because we’ll be in the van at lunchtime.  Phone (202) 337-6668




Complementary continental breakfast is included.




Sunday, June 14

Georgetown to Leesburg, Va.


<1 mile to trail

35.5 miles on the C&O Canal Towpath

Ferry and shuttle (or bike) to lodging


** All to meet at Mile Post Zero to the right/east of Thompson’s boat house, 12 PM Sharp, for group photo with historic “MILE 0” marker. ***


Mile 0 – the start of the trip – and where we will gather to take commemorative photos with MP 0, is located on the far side of Thompson’s Boat House.  See below satellite pic for help.  The stone MP sign is at the end of the dirt trail, to the right/east of the Boat House.





To allow travel time for those who may be joining us on Sunday, as well as those who may want to catch the early Mass or check out the sights in DC, we’ll meet at NOON today at Mile 0, Thompson’s Boat House, for the traditional photo.  Following the photo, we’ll leave for White’s Ferry, 35.5 miles along the canal towpath. 


You will need to ferry across and take the shuttle to the hotel.  See the Ride guide for further details.  Don’t forget your dollar for the ferry.




Best Western

726 East Market Street

Leesburg, VA, 20176-4401


(703) 777-9400


Cost is $109 per room.




On your own or in groups.  There are a number of chain restaurants within easy walking distance.




Complementary continental breakfast included.





Monday, June 15

Leesburg, Va. to Sheperdstown, WVa.


Shuttle or bike to trail

37 miles on the C&O Canal Towpath

Cross the Sheperdstown Bridge to lodging




Bavarian Inn

164 Shepherd Grade Road
Shepherdstown, WV 25443


(304) 876-2551


The rate is $125-185 per room.




Not included but available at the Bavarian Inn.  The Ratskeller offers casual dining.




On your own at the Bavarian Inn.




Tuesday, June 16

Sheperdstown, W. Va. to Williamsport, MD.
<1 mile back to trail

27 miles on C&O Canal Towpath

Optional Antietam battlefield tour

<2 road miles to lodging




Red Roof Inn

310 East Potomac St.

Williamsport, MD 21795


(301) 582-3500


Rate: $59 per room.




Chip in for takeout picnic on the lawn.




Waffle House across the parking lot, on your own.




Wednesday, June 17

Williamsport, MD to Little Orleans, MD

<2 Mile return to towpath

41 miles on C&O towpath

Shuttle up to B&B




Town Hill Hotel B&B

31101 National Pike

Little Orleans, MD 21766


(877) 696-2794


Rates Shared bath - double occupancy: $ 119.00

                                Extra Person: $ 35.00

                                Double bed, private bath: $ 139.00

                                Queen bed, private bath:  $ 149.00

                                King bed, private bath:    $ 159.00

                                (single or double occupancy) 

Meals added to cost of room.




At Town Hill.  A real treat, and maybe a couple of surprises. 




Included at Town Hill.  Don’t miss the baked oatmeal and Alabama tomato pie.





Thursday, June 18

Little Orleans, MD to Cumberland, MD

Shuttle or ride 7 miles back to trail

44 miles on C&O Canal Towpath

<1 mile to lodging




Inn at Walnut Bottom (Full Occupancy Required)

120 Greene St.

Cumberland, MD 21502


(800) 286-9718

(301) 724-8800


Ask for Kirsten. Tell her you are with the Yockatomac Trek.

Room rate: $120-$225 per night, depending on room size. The suite can hold up to 4 people.


Holiday Inn Cumberland (overflow only – no rooms held)RED LUGGAGE TAGS REQUIRED

100 South George St.

Cumberland, MD  21502


(301) 724-8800




On your own or in groups.  There are a number of restaurants within easy walking distance.




Included at Walnut Bottom.  On your own at Holiday Inn




Friday, June 19

Cumberland, MD to Meyersdale, PA


<1 mile back to trail

32 miles on Allegheny Highlands Trail

<1 mile to lodging.


Western Maryland RR option, reservations required, see check box on registration form.




Tonight’s Lodging:                                         Luggage Tags Required:


Tonight’s Lodging:                                         LUGGAGE TAGS REQUIRED:


Levi Deal Mansion                                        RED
301 Meyers Avenue
Meyersdale, PA 15552

814-289-7600 (phone)
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Burgess' House                                     ORANGE
219 North St
Meyersdale, PA 15552

814-662-2436 (phone)
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Yoder's Motel                                                  BLUE
106 Meyers Ave
Meyersdale, PA 15552

814-634-8791 (phone)


Rates $90-135 per room for Levi Deal.  Levi Deal also can hook you up with an apartment across the street from the mansion that sleeps 4.  


The Burgess House is $35-45 per night and is very nice.





On your own or in groups.




Included at Levi Deal; dirt cheap breakfast at GI Dayroom on Main Street for those staying elsewhere.




Saturday, June 20

Myersdale, PA. to Ohiopyle, PA.


42 miles on Yough River Trail North

Optional float trip down Middle Yough

Lodging across the street from train station




CAUTION!!  Lodging in Ohiopyle on summer weekends is extremely tight due to the rafting outfitters business.  Rooms will likely sell out long before the reservation deadline.  Make your reservations ASAP and pay particular attention to cancellation policies here, which tend to be very conservative and inflexible.


Yough Plaza Motel
28 Sherman St
Ohiopyle, PA 15470



The motel is just across the street from the trailhead.  There are 10 motel rooms, 2 double beds each, $95 per room; 2 suites with 4 beds each, $175 per room.



Ohiopyle Lodge  
138 Grant St
Ohiopyle, PA 15470

724-329-4452 (phone)
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Pick up luggage at Yough Plaza Motel.  The lodge units are located in the block behind the motel.



Dinner:  On your own or in groups.  The Beer and Gear Festival is in town (at Wilderness Voyagers) today!


Breakfast:  On your own at local restaurants.  The Firefly Grill right across the street makes a good breakfast sandwich.




Sunday, June 21


Ohiopyle, PA to Boston, PA


55 miles on Yough River Trail North

Finish Line!  Arrival at Boston Waterfront Restaurant


Celebrate your accomplishment at our Yummy Y-Trek Picnic!  This is a special time, so make sure you build it into your schedule.  We will be sharing our last meal together, a last chance to stay anything you want, and a few ‘honors’ will go out to recognized riders for memorable events.  Not to be missed!


Goodbyes and farewells…

Re-entry back into the real world…


Boston Waterfront Restaurant & Lounge

2422 Saint David Dr

Boston,  PA 15135

(412) 751-8112


Have a safe trip home and see you next year!!!