Johnstown, PA

National Parks

Allegheny Portage Railroad National Memorial
Allegheny Portage Railroad National Memorial

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. 814-886-6150 www.nps.gov/alpo

display at Johnstown Flood National Memorial
Display at 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. 814-495-4643  www.nps.gov/jofl

State Parks

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

Skiers at Blue Knob State Park
Skiers at 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.  Hours:  Sunrise to Sunset. 814-276-3576 www.dcnr.state.pa.us/stateparks/parks/blueknob.aspx

Laurel Ridge State Park
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. Accessible from Route 56 West of Johnstown, and Route 271 South of Johnstown. 724-455-3744 (seasonal office) 814-445-7725 (sister office at Laurel Hill State Park) 724-455-7303 (touring concession office) www.dcnr.state.pa.us/stateparks/parks/laurelridge.aspx

Prince Gallitzin State Park
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.  Open 8 a.m. until sunset.  To make online reservations "24/7" or to get information about all 117 state parks and three conservation areas, check out www.visitpaparks.com.  Call 1-888-PA-PARKS 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday-Saturday for reservations. 966 Marina Road. Patton, PA 16668 814-674-1000 www.visitpaparks.com

State Forests

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.  For more information, contact: Bureau of Forestry Forest District #6 Phone: 814-472-1862 www.dcnr.state.pa.us/forestry

Other Parks & Natural Areas

Conemaugh Gap
Conemaugh Gap

Conemaugh Gap Scenic Overlook: The deepest gap east of the Mississippi River.  Overlook accessible from Route 56 West of downtown Johnstown.

Duman Lake County Park
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. Reservations & Information: County Operations Cambria County Courthouse 200 South Center Street, Ebensburg, PA 15931 814-472-8514Park Location: 157 County Park Road, Ebensburg, PA 15931 www.co.cambria.pa.us

Nanty Glo Pool
Nanty Glo Pool

Nanty Glo Park & Pool: Enjoy family-oriented camping, swimming pool, playground, fishing, volleyball, and more!  The park adjoins several hundred acres of state game land. 842 Lincoln Ave., Nanty Glo, PA 15943. 814-749-0331, borough office. 814-749-8175 pavilion rentals. 814-749-8052, camping

Stackhouse Park
Winter at 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. Open daily, dawn to dusk. Free admission; membership encouraged. 998 Luzerne St., Johnstown, PA 15905. 814-536-1674

Whitewater Park
Whitewater Park

Whitewater Park: The Stonycreek Whitewater Park is a 300-yard water park within the banks of the Stonycreek River adjacent to the 11-acre Greenhouse Park picnic area in Tire Hill, Conemaugh Township, Somerset County, minutes from downtown Johnstown. Whitewater Park is a family-oriented park that includes swimming, play-kayaking…or just a great place to hang out and watch the river fun! Open April through October. No fees, but safety regulations are posted. Stonycreek Quemahoning Initiative. Hollsopple, PA 15935. 814-479-7162. Greenhouse Park pavilion rental information at 814-288-1400.

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