Visit Johnstown PA | Parks, Forests & Trails

Parks, Forests & Trails

For central reservations for camping, cabins, organized group tenting and picnic pavilions and complete information on facilities in all state parks, call: 1-888-PA-PARKS  (1-888-727-2757) www.dcnr.state.pa.us

National Parks
Visit Johnstown Pa | Allegheny Portage Railroad National Historic Site
Allegheny Portage Railroad National Historic Site

Allegheny Portage Railroad National Historic Site. Enjoy a variety of activities within the park. Bird watching, hiking, picnicking, cross-country skiing, interpretive programs and nature walks can be a part of your visit. Information is available at the Visitor Center. History buffs can trace the path of the Allegheny Portage Railroad on a 1.5-mile rail trail.

Visit Johnstown Pa | Johnstown Flood National Memorial
Johnstown Flood National Memorial

Johnstown Flood National Memorial is where visitors can stand on either of the remaining dam abutments and look out over the empty lakebed to get a visual idea of how much water converged on the city of Johnstown. Managed as a wet meadow, the lakebed now supports a variety of plant, tree and shrub species on both sides of the meandering South Fork of the Little Conemaugh River.

Greenway
Visit Johnstown Pa | Pittsburgh-to-Harrisburg Main Line Canal Greenway
Pittsburgh-to-Harrisburg Main Line Canal Greenway

Opportunities abound along this 320-mile corridor of history, culture, recreation, and natural wonders! Explore historic communities including Altoona, Johnstown, and Blairsville. Experience interpretive sites – Hollidaysburg Canal Basin Park and Saltsburg Canal Park. Hike, bike, or study nature along The Lower, the 6 to 10, The West Penn, Path of the Flood and The Roaring Run Trails. Paddle the Conemaugh River, part of the Kiski-Conemaugh Water Trail, through Johnstown.

State Parks
Visit Johnstown Pa | Blue Knob State Park
Blue Knob State Park

Year-round wilderness adventures on 6,128 acres of woodland, 25 miles from Johnstown. Swimming pool, picnic areas, hiking trails, mountain biking, trout fishing, equestrian trails, camping, snowmobiling, cross-country skiing, nearby downhill skiing, environmental education programs, wildlife viewing, scenic views. Cabins and House Rental.

Visit Johnstown Pa | Laurel Ridge State Park
Laurel Ridge State Park

13,625 acres, including the 70-mile Laurel Highlands Hiking Trail which snakes across the beautiful Laurel Ridge and offers spectacular scenery. Overnight shelters, cross-country skiing, snowmobile trails, hunting and picnicking.

Visit Johnstown Pa | Prince Gallitzin State Park
Prince Gallitzin State Park

Scenic rolling hills and outdoor activities in northern Cambria County. Twelve miles of hiking trails, swimming, boating, hunting, fishing, biking, horseback riding, cross-country skiing, and educational programs. Nature trails, game lands and campsites surround a magnificent 1,600 acre lake. Modern cabins can be rented year round. Organized hiking and nature trail groups welcome. Pets allowed in designated areas. Largest single campground in PA State Parks system.

State Forests
Visit Johnstown Pa | Gallitzin State Forest
Gallitzin State Forest

The Gallitzin State Forest consists of two separate areas of State Forest land located in Northern Bedford, Cambria, Indiana, and Northern Somerset counties. The total area of State Forest land is approximately 23,000 acres.

The Babcock Division in Northern Somerset Country with 17,500 acres is the largest Division of the Gallitzin State Forest. The very scenic Babcock State Forest Picnic Area is located along Route 56, four miles east of Windber. The Clear Shade Wild Area and the John P. Saylor Trail provide additional recreation opportunities and are located south of Route 56 while the Lost Turkey Trail is located on the north side of Route 56. All State Forest lands are open to hunting, fishing and general recreation.

The Charles F. Lewis Natural Area is located at the western end of the Rager Mountain Division near Cramer in Indiana County. This 384 acre unique scenic area has been preserved as a Natural Area. A two-mile foot trail, the Clark Run Trail, winds through the scenic Clark Run Gorge with its numerous small waterfalls and interesting geologic features.

Other Parks, Trails & Natural Areas
Visit Johnstown Pa | Conemaugh Gap Scenic Overlook
Conemaugh Gap Scenic Overlook

The deepest gap east of the Mississippi River.

Visit Johnstown Pa | Duman Lake County Park
Duman Lake County Park

Located along State Route 271 North between Belsano and Nicktown, about 20 miles from Johnstown. Pavilions, horseshoe courts, ball field, volleyball courts, basketball court, swing sets, exercise and hiking trail. Weekend train rides and hay rides during the summer season. 19-acre stocked lake. Handicapped accessible fishing pier and hiking trail. Camping.

Visit Johnstown Pa | Stackhouse Park
Stackhouse Park

277-acre nature area with 8.5 miles of maintained hiking trails. Two covered pavilions and numerous picnic tables throughout the park. Activities include hiking, cross-country skiing, sled riding, and bird watching. Pets allowed.

Visit Johnstown Pa | Beaverdale Reservoir Trail
Beaverdale Reservoir Trail

This trail snakes around Beaverdale Reservoir located along Route 869 and is a beautiful, cool, and long hike near the small coal town of Beaverdale.

Visit Johnstown Pa | James Wolfe Sculpture Trail
James Wolfe Sculpture Trail

Arts enthusiasts will find a unique blend of art, nature and history in the 1.4-mile James Wolfe Sculpture Trail along the hillside near Johnstown’s Inclined Plane.

1889 Park

The 1889 Park is located adjacent to the Johnstown Flood National Memorial, and right between the towns of St. Michael, Sidman, & South Fork, PA. The park provides a variety of outdoor sports and recreation options, and scenic beauty throughout the seasons. Just ten minutes from US Route 219, you can enjoy beautiful nature trails, a game of softball, an old-fashioned picnic, birdwatching, roller hockey, playgrounds, and so much more

Cycle The Alleghenies

27 self-guided on-road routes and 10 mountain bike areas ideal for an afternoon getaway or multi-day cycling vacation. The tours take cyclists through Cambria County and eight adjacent counties in The Alleghenies. Cambria County on-road routes include the Bituminous Blast Tour, Castle Tower Tour, and Marina Mania Tour. Off-road trails include the Killbuck Run Trails at Prince Gallitzin State Park. See website for route descriptions, cue sheets, maps and services.

Ghost Town Trail

Extends 32 miles on an abandoned Conrail line from Blacklick in Indiana County, to Ebensburg in Cambria County. Popular destination for rail trail enthusiasts. Hiking, bicycling, and cross-country skiing. Open year round, the packed limestone paving provides an ideal surface for non-motorized activities. ADA accessible.

James Mayer Riverwalk Trail

Scenic 1.5 mile rail-trail located between the Moxham section of Johnstown (Rt. 403 S) and Ferndale Borough. The existing 1.5 miles of rails to trails traces the history of the Johnstown and Stony Creek Railroad built in 1891 by the Johnson Steel Company. Features include turn-of-the-century homes, historic Johnstown & Stonycreek Railroad, the grandeur of Buttermilk Falls, and more.

The Path of the Flood Trail

This historic trail extends from Ehrenfeld Borough Park and follows the fateful path of the devastating Great Johnstown Flood of 1889. Historical interpretive signs relate the story of the rushing waters and the terrible aftermath. Continuing to Mineral Point, the trail joins the Staple Bend Tunnel Trail and continues from the Franklin Borough Ball Field to the Johnstown Flood Museum in downtown Johnstown. 

Staple Bend Tunnel Trail

2.5-mile trail on the old Allegheny Portage Railroad bed. Handicapped accessible and open to walkers and bicyclists. Trailhead parking near the town of Mineral Point. Connects to the Path of the Flood Trail

Trans Allegheny Trails

Here in the heart of Pennsylvania’s Allegheny Mountains, the Trans Allegheny Trails are a system of rail-trails – with attitude. Parts of them are almost level, while other sections are downright challenging. That’s part of the fun for riders who like to get their hearts pumping and don’t mind breaking a sweat.   You don’t have to be that kind of rider to enjoy the Trans Allegheny Trails though! Most sections are typical rail-trail (less than 3% grade) and run through some of the Alleghenies’ most beautiful scenery. And these trails have all of the historic character of the Alleghenies themselves.  Come for a day, a weekend or a week! To decide which trails to ride, build an itinerary, get directions and find the necessary amenities of bike shops, food and lodging, visit www.transalleghenytrails.com.

Honan Ave. Community Hiking & Biking Trail

The trail starts off the River Walk trail in Cambria City, Johnstown, heading North on Honan Ave. Along the 3 mile trail you will be able to view a huge active Beaver dam, small waterfalls and at the end of trail a huge waterfall. The trail has educational interpretive signs along the trail to teach students about the wildlife in this region. We also have provided benches along the trail for those seeking a break, and a quick rest stop. Then the trail splits in two parts, one part staying on the western side of the dam, named eagle trail where Bald Eagles can be seen. To reach the Joseph P Whipey trail, you cross the bridge turn left on road and enter at midpoint or by pavilion.

Joseph P. Whipey Trail

1.5 mile trail that runs along the length of the dam but through the wood line. The trail starts by the pavilion on the eastern flank of the dam. The 1st part of trail is easy walking but the 2nd half is rather steep as the trail heads up to the overlook where hikers can view the whole reservoir below. The trail runs thru the LHHV Forest

Eagle Trail

The Eagle trail so named because of the eagles who often can be seen perched along the trail in the higher trees. The trail starts behind the dam along Hunt road, it then runs behind the dam coming out on waterfall road from their the trail follows the road along the dam. The trail is 1.75 miles long, and is an easy walk with some slight hills. Along the trail you can see waterfalls, old historical foundations, many low land and wetland birds, and also mammals native to region.