Johnstown Region

The landscape of the Johnstown Region was forever changed in May of 1889 when more than 200 million tons of water crashed through a dam near Johnstown and roared through the valley. Today, these same lands have become a symbol of recovery and triumph. Adventure can be found throughout the mountains, motorcyclists and bicycling enthusiasts take to the region's open roads, and the towns are filled with hotels, restaurants and unique museums. In 1998, Johnstown became home to the annual Thunder in the Valley motorcycle rally, which draws thousands of riders and riding enthusiasts each summer to this land of remarkable history.

Lodging, dining, attractions and events

Things To Do in Johnstown Region

ATV/Dirtbiking

1. Mountain Ridge Trails, LLC
With more than 2500 acres of riding area and access to another 500 acres, this mix of trails gives riders the opportunity to challenge themselves on terrain that features gentle rolling hills, extreme rock climbing and mud pits.

2. Rock Run Recreation Area
Covering more than 6,000 acres, the Rock Run Recreation Area provides a nearly endless network of trails for 4-wheelers and dirt bikes.

3. Tri-County ATV
This private members-only club features miles of trails for riders of all levels and access to more than 850 acres of prime riding land for members to explore and enjoy.



Boating

1. Chest Creek & Clearfield Creek
Chest Creek provides Class III rapids for paddlers of medium experience while beginning paddlers can hone their skills on the calmer waters of Clearfield Creek, both in the Johnstown Destination Area.

2. Clear Shade Creek & tributary
Clear Shade Creek is a fast moving waterway in the Johnstown Destination Area featuring stretches of Class I-III rapids.

3. Conemaugh River
Except for a few areas of fast water, the Conemaugh River in the Johnstown Destination Area provides long stretches suitable for canoeing & kayaking.

4. Glendale Lake
The 1,600-acre Glendale Lake in Prince Gallitzin State Park in the Johnstown Destination Area has nine public boat launching areas and three public mooring facilities.

5. North Branch Little Conemaugh River

6. Quemahoning Reservoir
This 900-acre lake in the Johnstown Destination Area offers 6 launches along its 14 miles of shoreline.

7. Stonycreek River Lower Section & Bens Creek
Stonycreek River Canyon in the Johnstown Destination Area is an excellent whitewater stream. Ben's Creek is a favorite of canoeists and kayakers looking for a more relaxing paddling experience.



Cycling On Road

1. Bituminous Blast Tour
A moderate tour of 19.5 miles long on rolling, winding roadways.

2. Castle Tower Tour
Moderately rated at 20.6 miles with scenic farmlands.

3. Marina Mania Tour
Enjoy the beauty and many activities Prince Gallitzen State Park offers in this 18.7 mile, intermediate tour.


Fishing

1. Chest Creek & Clearfield Creek
Chest Creek provides Class III rapids for paddlers of medium experience while beginning paddlers can hone their skills on the calmer waters of Clearfield Creek, both in the Johnstown Destination Area.

2. Clear Shade Creek & tributary
Clear Shade Creek is a fast moving waterway in the Johnstown Destination Area featuring stretches of Class I-III rapids.

3. Conemaugh River
Except for a few areas of fast water, the Conemaugh River in the Johnstown Destination Area provides long stretches suitable for canoeing & kayaking.

4. Glendale Lake
The 1,600-acre Glendale Lake in Prince Gallitzin State Park in the Johnstown Destination Area has nine public boat launching areas and three public mooring facilities.

5. North Branch Little Conemaugh River

6. Quemahoning Reservoir
This 900-acre lake in the Johnstown Destination Area offers 6 launches along its 14 miles of shoreline.

7. Stonycreek River Lower Section & Bens Creek
Stonycreek River Canyon in the Johnstown Destination Area is an excellent whitewater stream. Ben's Creek is a favorite of canoeists and kayakers looking for a more relaxing paddling experience.


Hiking

1. Allegheny Portage Railroad Historic Trace Trail
Allegheny Portage Railroad National Historic Site

2. Allegheny Portage Railroad Nature Trail Loop
Allegheny Portage Railroad National Historic Site

3. Bog Path Loop
Gallitzin State Forest

4. Cambria Iron Trail
Johnstown

5. County Line Loop
Gallitzin State Forest

6. James Mayer Riverwalk
Johnstown

7. James Wolfe Sculpture Trail
Johnstown

8. John P. Saylor Trail Loop
Gallitzin State Forest

9. Laurel Highlands Trail Overnight
Laurel Ridge State Park

10. Peninsula Trail Loop
Prince Gallitzin State Park

11. Staple Bend Tunnel
Allegheny Portage Railroad National Historic Site

12. Tenderfoot Trail Loop
Gallitzin State Forest

13. Turkey Ridge Trail Loop
Prince Gallitzin State Park

14. Wolf Rocks Loop
Gallitzin State Forest





Mountain Biking

1. Prince Gallitzin State Park
Easy, winding trails though beautiful Prince Gallitzin State Park. A few downed trees make them fun, yet few are very technical or hilly.



Swimming

1. Glendale Lake
The 1,600-acre Glendale Lake in Prince Gallitzin State Park in the Johnstown Destination Area has nine public boat launching areas and three public mooring facilities.