Winter Activities

Cross-Country Sking
Allegheny Portage Railroad National Historic Site

Three to four miles of trail described as “relatively easy terrain.” Weather permitting, park grounds and trails are open daily sunrise to sunset. Also, effective December 12, 2020, the Summit Level Visitor Center, Lemon House, and Engine House 6 Exhibit Shelter are closed to the public due to COVID-19.

Lorain/Stonycreek Hiking Trails

Located in Lorain Borough, these well kept trails have lots of opportunities for winter recreation! With several trailhead markers and lots to explore, this trailsystem will have you coming back again and again for more fun!

Ghost Town Trail

Located in Indiana and Cambria Counties, this rail trail offers 46 miles for cross-country skiers. The trail is also groomed between Ebensburg, Nanty-Glo, and the spur. Follow the Cambria County Conservation & Recreation Authority Facebook page for trail grooming updates!

Prince Gallitzin State Park

Seven miles of “groomed” trails are available in the northern section of Cambria County.

Snowmobiling
Prince Gallitzin State Park

Registered snowmobiles may use the 20-mile trail network. Snowmobiles may be operated on designated trails and roads from the day following the last deer season in December until April 1, weather permitting.

Glendale Lake Snowmobile Club Trail

33 mile trail connecting Prince Gallitzin State Park and Black Moshannon State Park.

Laurel Ridge State Park

The 13,625-acre Laurel Ridge State Park stretches along Laurel Mountain from the picturesque Youghiogheny River at Ohiopyle, to the Conemaugh Gorge near Johnstown. Snowmobiles are restricted to designated trails.

Pennsylvania Game Commission Southwest Region Game Lands

State Game Land #42’s trail is 26 miles and encompasses Cambria, Somerset and Westmoreland counties. State Game Land #79’s trail is nine miles and is located in Cambria and Indiana counties. State Game Land #108’s trail is seven miles in Cambria County. Gallitzin State Forest provides 21 trail miles in Cambria and Somerset counties.

On The Ice
Ice Boating

Ice boating is available on Glendale Lake at Prince Gallitzin State Park. Boats must display a state park launch permit.

Outdoor Ice Skating

Ebensburg’s Lake Rowena, is one of the first lakes in the area to freeze and offer safe ice in a small, roped-off ice skating area. To obtain a report on the lake’s condition, phone the Ebensburg Borough office. You can also hit the ice at Prince Gallitzin State park by utilizing a section of ice they have marked off for skating!

Indoor Ice Skating

Indoor ice skating is offered at the 1st Summit Arena at the Cambria County War Memorial Arena (Johnstown) and the North Central Recreation Center (Ebensburg).

Ice Fishing

The 1,635-acre Glendale Lake is popular for ice fishing. Common species caught through the ice are Perch, Walleye, Pike and Crappies. Ice thickness is not monitored. For your safety, be sure the ice is four inches thick and carry safety equipment. Lake Rowena in Ebensburg is stocked with adult trout both during the regular season and as part of the Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission’s Winter Trout Program. While Duman Lake also offers ice fishing opportunities. Rowena traditionally is one of the first in the area to develop safe ice each winter. To obtain a report on the lake’s condition, phone the Ebensburg Borough office.

Equipment Rentals
Ski Den Sports

Not offering rentals currently

Johnstown’s leading supplier of outdoor sports equipment for the entire family. Quality skis, snowboards, skateboards, bicycles, climbing gear, apparel, accessories, and more! Repairs made. Daily rentals available.

Sledding

There are lots of great hills for you to sled down in Cambria County! Prince Gallitzin State Park has a dedicated sledding area. Also, Stackhouse Park, The Ridge Recreation Area, and Berkley Hills Golf Course have popular sledding areas you can experience while you're here.

Snow Shoeing

We mentioned a lot of trails related to cross country skiing, but these trails are also great for snow shoeing! Snow shoeing is a great way to be active during the winter and provides you with ample scenery to take in along with it.

Downhill Skiing

While we have no resorts for downhill skiing, we are centrally located by several great resorts that are just a short drive away.