This easy-to-navigate trail follows much of the original railroad bed of the Allegheny Portage Railroad as it leads past several historic sites that once lined this popular rail route between Hollidaysburg and Johnstown. In addition to the Trace Trail, dayhikers can also enjoy a number of other trails that lead through regrowths of Eastern hardwood forests and picnic areas perfect for family getaways.
The scenic Nature Trail Loop partially follows the trace of the original railroad bed of the Allegheny Portage Railroad as it winds past several historic sites that were once part of this region. Hikers can also enjoy other nearby trails that lead through regrowths of Eastern hardwood forests and picnic areas perfect for family getaways.
This nice mix of fern-lined single and double track trail winds past boulders and an open bog-like area where an extensive variety of wetland plant and wildlife species thrive. The rocky terrain may make this a challenging trail for young or beginner hikers.
This paved innercity trail is perfect for a quick after-work hike. Connecting Johnstown's Point Stadium with the historic Cambria Iron Works Blacksmith Shop, this easy route travels past the Little Conemaugh River, Conemaugh River and Festival Park.
Constructed along the bed of an abandoned section of the Johnstown & Stonycreek Railroad, this crushed limestone surfaced rail trail connects the Moxham section of Johnstown with the village of Riverside in Stonycreek Township. The multi-use trail was named in honor of the late James Mayer - a local attorney who devoted much time and effort toward protecting the natural resources of the Greater Johnstown area.
The first trail of its type in the nation, this unique route climbs the hillside between the top and bottom of the famous Johnstown Inclined Plane. Along the way, hikers will find eight steel sculptures created by nationally renowned sculptor, James Wolfe, who crafted each piece using remnants produced by the local Bethlehem Steel plant. The premiere piece is a 40-foot installation directly below the incline’s observation deck.
At first, it appears this trail is just another enjoyable crushed limestone trail. But this easy trail is anything but typical. For starters, it leads to the Staple Bend Tunnel – America’s very first railroad tunnel. Completed in 1834, this amazing feet of engineering travels 900 feet through solid rock and features cut rock arches which extend 150 feet into each end. The signature from the early 19th century stonecutters responsible for the work can still be seen on several of the blocks. Other interesting historic sites along the trail include several rows of stone "sleepers" which were used as railroad ties in the 1800s. Once through the tunnel (bring a flashlight), hikers will find themselves standing at the top of the first of a series of 10 inclines used to transport railcars across the rugged Allegheny Mountains, connecting Philadelphia to Pittsburgh and beyond.
For wildlife viewers, this easy hike offers an opportunity to view a rich diversity of animal and bird species who can be found in the woods, meadows and streams of this scenic region.