Conemaugh Gorge

Johnstown, Pennsylvania

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The highlights of this hike are a visit to Big Spring Reservoir and the views of Conemaugh River Gorge. Pass through a dense understory of rhododendron and mountain laurel to get to the gorge’s edge, where outcroppings provide excellent places to relax and take in the deep gorge panorama. Looking into this great gorge, it’s difficult not to be awestruck by the forces that have steadily worked for millennia to create this giant gash in the earth. For all its serenity, it’s equally difficult to imagine that you’re looking down on the site of one of the most disastrous events in US history—the Johnstown Flood. For residents of southwestern Pennsylvania, the summer of 1889 will forever be memorable for its unprecedented flooding and natural disasters.
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Hiking Pennsylvania

by John L. Young (Falcon Guides)

The highlights of this hike are a visit to Big Spring Reservoir and the views of Conemaugh River Gorge. Pass through a dense understory of rhododendron and mountain laurel to get to the gorge’s edge, where outcroppings provide excellent places to relax and take in the deep gorge panorama.

Looking into this great gorge, it’s difficult not to be awestruck by the forces that have steadily worked for millennia to create this giant gash in the earth. For all its serenity, it’s equally difficult to imagine that you’re looking down on the site of one of the most disastrous events in US history—the Johnstown Flood. For residents of southwestern Pennsylvania, the summer of 1889 will forever be
memorable for its unprecedented flooding and natural disasters.

© 2015 John L. Young/Falcon Guides. All Rights Reserved.

Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Johnstown
Distance: 7.2
Elevation Gain: 1,281 feet
Trail Type: Out-and-back
Skill Level: Moderate
Duration: 4 hours
Season: Best mid-June to see mountain laurel in bloom
Accessibility: Dog-friendly
Local Contacts: Laurel Ridge State Park, 1117 Jim Mountain Rd., Rockwood 15557; (724) 455-3744; www.dcnr.state.pa.us/stateparks/findapark/laurelridge/
Local Maps: USGS New Florence, PA; Vintondale, PA
Driving Directions: Directions to Conemaugh Gorge

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