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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The deepest gap east of the Mississippi River.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.