Conemaugh Gorge

Johnstown, Pennsylvania 15906

Conemaugh Gorge

Conemaugh Gorge Professional Guide

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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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Best Hikes Pittsburgh - 2nd Edition (Falcon Guides)
Bob Frye
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"The second-most challenging portion of the Laurel Highlands Hiking Trail—a 70.0- mile backpacking trail—this hike includes a couple of serious climbs. The payoff comes in the form of multiple overlooks of the Conemaugh River. It’s neat to see birds flying high above cars—and to be high enough to look down on all of them. This section of the Laurel Highlands typically gets more snow than surrounding lowlands, so hiking the trail in winter can be especially challenging." Read more

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Trail Information

Nearby City
1,281 feet
Elevation Gain
Trail Type
Moderate to Difficult
Skill Level
4 hours
Best mid-June to see mountain laurel in bloom
Additional Use
Laurel Ridge State Park, 1117 Jim Mountain Rd., Rockwood 15557; (724) 455-3744;
Local Contacts
USGS New Florence, PA; Vintondale, PA
Local Maps

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Dec 2018