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The Stonycreek Driving Tour

Experiencing the beauty, excitement, history and activity of The Stonycreek, with the convenience of your conveyance!
Difficulty: Easy
Length: 22 miles
Duration: Half day
Family Friendly

Overview :  The Stonycreek is a river atop the Allegheny Plateau in Southwestern Pennsylvania that is known for its whitewater boating and... more »

Tips:  The Stonycreek is easily accessible from US Route 22 to the north or from the Pennsylvania Turnpike (I-70/76) and US 219 from the... more »

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Points of Interest

1. Greenhouse Park

Greenhouse Park once was the site of a greenhouse and truck-farming complex. After the 1977 Flood, the Federal Emergency Management Agency acquired the land and turned it over to Conemaugh Township.

Under the operation of Conemaugh Township, the park has become a favorite outdoor venue for a variety of annual events, including the Stonycreek... More

2. Yoder Falls / McNally Bridge/ Trolley Trace

This hillside property, owned by the City of Johnstown, is a remnant of the days when a trolley line connected the city with the coal-mining community of Windber. The line followed the Stonycreek River from Benscreek through Kelso (Tire Hill) to Carpenter’s Park and the mouth of Paint Creek, then followed Paint Creek to Scalp Level and Windber.

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3. Carpenter’s Park

Back in the days of the Johnstown Passenger Railway Company, Carpenter’s Park was the nexus of trolley lines that connected with the City of Johnstown and the coal-mining communities of Scalp Level/Mine 40 and Windber. So it became a social center.

Residents would ride the trolley to Carpenter’s Park (named for Peter Carpenter, a Johnstown hotel ... More

4. Eureka Mine 40 Overlook

The coal-rich Eureka field in The Stonycreek Corridor helped to make the Berwind-White Coal Company one of the nation’s leading coal producers with customers that included the New York City subway system and transoceanic steamship lines. In the 1890s and early 1900s, Berwind developed 13 Eureka mines and designated Windber to be its regional... More

5. Windber Historic District

The Berwind-White Coal Company of Philadelphia was one of the nation’s leading bituminous coal producers during the first half of the 20th century, providing fuel for steamships and New York City’s subway system.

Upon acquiring 30,000 acres within The Stonycreek Corridor in the 1890s, Berwind developed 13 mines (Eureka mines 30 to 42) and... More

6. Foustwell

Foustwell was the original name given to the village of Seanor, which became a mining community after Berwind-White Coal Company opened Eureka mines 38 and 39 in the area circa 1900 and built company houses there.

Today, the location is better known as the only easily accessible boater put-in within the Stonycreek Canyon – and one of the best... More

7. Benson and Hollsopple

The river towns of Benson and Hollsopple sit together where the Stonycreek River and PA routes 403 and 601 converge. They owe their original existence to the Baltimore and Ohio Railroad, which established Bethel Station in 1881. The depot still stands today and has become a social and recreation center within the community.

Coal mining began here... More

8. Oven Run Wetlands and Interpretive Trail

Oven Run and a companion stream, Pokeytown Run, were river killers. The abandoned-mine drainage (AMD) carried by these streams was as acidic as vinegar and laden with dissolved metals (especially iron and aluminum) that destroyed all life in the Stonycreek River for miles below their outflow.

Local conservationists and sportspeople teamed up with... More

9. Quemahoning Dam and Lake

Quemahoning Lake began as an industrial reservoir for the Cambria Iron and Steel Company of Johnstown and served steel-making needs from the time of its completion in 1912 until its sale to an authority, formed by Cambria and Somerset counties, in 2000.

For most of that period the Que (pronounced “kwee” by the locals) was owned by a subsidiary of... More