We are open again! No walk-ins at this time and masks are required if meeting in the office.

Compare Listings

Come to Johnstown!

Being from Johnstown a common complaint that I often hear is there is nothing to do in Johnstown.  I think we have all become so accustomed to our surroundings that we often take them for granted.  When my wife and I host out of town guests we get  compliments all the time of how beautiful our landscape is and how nice the neighborhoods must be to raise our kids.  We loved all that Johnstown has to offer and chose to stay here and raise our family because Johnstown IS beautiful and there is A LOT to do here, you just need to take the time to explore and appreciate all that Johnstown has to offer.

Located in the Laurel Mountains of Pennsylvania, Johnstown had a colorful history as a booming steel town in the 1800s.   The city is widely know for the Great Johnstown Flood that killed more than 2,200 in 1889.  It’s a story of great tragedy, it’s also one of inspiration and triumphant recovery … and one that has helped shaped Johnstown into what it is today.

People move to Johnstown for many reasons: our excellent schools, first-rate health care facilities, scenic beauty, tourism, and proximity to Pittsburgh.  Families that left our city years ago are moving back to Johnstown to enjoy a lifestyle that offers convenience, affordability and a community spirit that can’t be found in larger cities.  We invite you to come and see for yourself all that Johnstown has to offer. Once you get here, you won’t want to leave! (http://www.cityofjohnstownpa.net/)

 

Outdoor Activities:

(From Visit Johnstown, PA http://www.visitjohnstownpa.com/)

Coal Tubin– Coal Tubin offers river tubing and white water rafting expeditions.  The Stonycreek is a resurrected river! Considered dead just a generation ago from abandoned-mine drainage, this river now supports life throughout its 46-mile length.  The Stonycreek Canyon offers 15 rapids in four miles – the longest set of continuous rapids in the eastern United States. The main stretch of the Stonycreek between Hollsopple and Carpenters Park is 5 1/2 miles long with 27 rapids. It was also the site of the 1972 Olympics qualifying runs! Experienced boaters say the Canyon in March and April provides a better run than the Youghiogheny River at Ohiopyle!  The best part is that this company was started by two Johnstown “natives” that saw the potential of the Stonycreek and wanted to help make Johnstown a destination spot for adventure seekers.

http://www.coaltubin.com/

Coal Tubin White Water Rafting
Coal Tubin White Water Rafting
Coal Tubin
Coal Tubin

 

 

 

 

 

 

Conemaugh Gap
Conemaugh Gap

     

  Conemaugh Gap– Conemaugh Gap is the deepest gorge east of the Mississippi. Follow the scenic        route through seven miles of the Laurel Mountain Ridge. An overlook and the Laurel Highland Trail both offer hiking and environmental experiences.

http://www.visitpa.com/pa-hiking/conemaugh-gap

 

 

Green House Whitewater Park
Green House Whitewater Park

  Greenhouse Park – Greenhouse Park is a social center within The Stonycreek River Corridor.             Greenhouse Park is 11 acres with pavilions, volleyball court, walking track and other amenities along   the Stonycreek River.  The park has become one of the region’s most-popular event venues, hosting the Stonycreek Rendezvous, Thunder in the Valley events, Wing Blasts, concerts and a variety of           community events each year.  Whitewater Park, Pennsylvania’s first set of constructed rapids, is located in the Stonycreek River adjacent to Greenhouse Park. Here in Class II water novice paddlers   can learn basic whitewater techniques and more-experienced boaters can play in hydraulics. Tubing     and fishing also are popular activities here.   http://thestonycreek.com/greenhouse.shtml

James Wolfe Sculpture Trail
James Wolfe Sculpture Trail

 

The James Wolfe Sculpture Trail– The James Wolfe Sculpture Trail, located at the foot of the Johnstown   Incline, offers great view of the Stonycreek River. This trail is perfect for a leisurely stroll.

http://www.visitpa.com/pa-hiking/james-wolfe-sculpture-trail

 

 

Stackhouse Park in Winter
Stackhouse Park in Winter

 

 

Stackhouse Park– Stackhouse Park includes over 250 acres of beautiful wooded land. The park also offers many educational and recreational programs for children and adults.

http://www.visitpa.com/pa-state-national-parks-forests/stackhouse-park

 

Allegheny Portage Railroad
Allegheny Portage Railroad

  Allegheny Portage Railroad National Historic SiteEnjoy a variety of activities within the park. Bird watching, hiking, picnicking, cross-country skiing, interpretive programs and nature walks can be a part of your visit. History buffs can trace the path of the Allegheny Portage Railroad on a 1.5-mile rail trail.

 

 

Display at Johnstown Flood National Memorial
Display at Johnstown Flood National Memorial

  Johnstown Flood National Memorial is located at the ruins of the South Fork Dam that burst May 31, 1889. It is operated by the National Park Service and features exhibits, an actual size “debris   wall” which dramatically illustrates the flood wave that devastated Johnstown. The film Black Friday chillingly recreates that day in 1889. Visitors can enjoy a picnic area, walk nearby trails around the dam’s remains, and take part in the park’s interpretive program. Visitors may also learn about the South Fork Fishing and Hunting Club and visit the Club House (weather and staff permitting), which the park acquired in 2006.  www.nps.gov/jofl

 

 

Laurel Ridge State Park
Laurel Ridge State Park

Laurel Ridge State Park-13,625 acres, including the 70-mile Laurel Highlands Hiking Trail which snakes across the beautiful Laurel Ridge and offers spectacular scenery. Overnight shelters, cross-country skiing, snowmobile trails, hunting and picnicking.

www.dcnr.state.pa.us/stateparks/parks/laurelridge.aspx

 

 

Prince Gallitzin State Park
Prince Gallitzin State Park

 Prince Gallitzin State Park-Scenic rolling hills and outdoor activities in northern Cambria County. Twelve miles of hiking trails, swimming, boating, hunting, fishing, biking, horseback riding, cross-country skiing, and educational programs. Nature trails, game lands and campsites surround a magnificent 1,600 acre lake. Modern cabins can be rented year round. Organized hiking and nature trail groups welcome. Pets allowed in designated areas. Largest single campground in PA State Park system.  www.visitpaparks.com

 

 

 

Duman State Park
Duman State Park

 Duman Lake County Park– Located along State Route 271 North between Belsano and Nicktown about 20 miles from Johnstown. Pavilions, horseshoe courts, ball field, volleyball courts, basketball     court, swing sets, exercise and hiking trail. Weekend train rides and hay rides during the summer         season. 19-acre stocked lake. Handicapped accessible fishing pier and hiking trail. Camping.                   www.co.cambria.pa.us

 

 

Jim Mayer Walking Trail
Jim Mayer Walking Trail

 

Jim Mayer Rivers Walk Trail is a scenic 1.5 mile rail-trail located between the Moxham section of Johnstown (Rt. 403 S) and Ferndale Borough. The existing 1.5 miles of rails to trails traces the history of the Johnstown and Stony Creek Railroad built in 1891 by the Johnson Steel Company.  Features include turn-of-the century homes, historic Johnstown & Stonycreek Railroad, the grandeur of Buttermilk Falls, and more.  www.co.cambria.pa.us

Once the construction of two new bridges is complete in May, 2009, the Ghost Town Trail will extend 43 miles on an abandoned Conrail line from Indiana in Indiana County, to Ebensburg in Cambria County.  The Ghost Town Trail continues to grow as a popular destination for rail trail enthusiasts. The trail offers hiking, bicycling, and cross-country skiing. Open year-round, the packed limestone surface provides an ideal surface for non-motorized activities.   www.co.cambria.pa.us

Red Mill Bridge
Red Mill Bridge on Ghost Town Trail 

   

Path of the Flood
Path of the Flood Trail

  The Path of the Flood Trail is a historic trail that extends from Ehrenfeld Borough Park and follows the fateful path of the devastating Great Johnstown Flood of 1889.  Historical interpretive signs relate the story of the rushing waters and the terrible aftermath.  Continuing to Mineral Point,  the trail joins the National Park Service Staple Bend Tunnel Site.  Although there is a 3/4-mile gap, the trail continues from the Franklin Borough Ball Field to the Flood Museum in the City of Johnstown.  www.co.cambria.pa.us

 

Staple Bend Trail
Staple Bend Tunnel Trail

 

Staple Bend Tunnel Trail is a 2.5-mile trail constructed on the old Allegheny Portage Railroad bed. Handicapped accessible and open to walkers and bicyclists. Trailhead parking near the town of     Mineral Point.

 

 

 

West Penn Trail
West Penn Trail

West Penn Trail, an important link in the Pennsylvania Main Line Greenway following the Pennsylvania Main Line Canal and Portage Railroad. The Conemaugh River Lake section passes over   four spectacular stone arch bridges built in 1907 that offer incredible vistas of the Conemaugh River.   The Saltsburg section passes through a beautiful backwoods by visible canal and railroad remnants,     hugging the Conemaugh River.  www.conemaughvalleyconservancy.org

 

 

I know what “yinz all” are thinking…yeah, but wait until the winter comes!  Getting to experience all four seasons is one of the main draws of living in Johnstown.  Summer is usually a perfect mid-high 70’s nothing too hot…just right.  Then the spectacular landscape of fall with all the colors changing is unbeatable!  I agree winters can sometimes be tough but you gotta get out there and enjoy the splendor of winter as well and here are some ways you can do that:

 

Snowmobiling

Snowriders
Snowriders

 Prince Gallitzin State Park: Registered snowmobiles may use the 20-mile trail network in Prince Gallitzin State Park, Patton.

Laurel Ridge State Park: A trail system of over 70 miles is open daily after the end of the antlerless deer season in late December. The trail is located on state park and state forest lands. Snowmobiles are restricted to designated trails. Southwest Region Game Lands, Pennsylvania Game Commission: State Game Land #42’s trail is 26 miles and encompasses Cambria, Somerset and Westmoreland counties. State Game Land #79’s trail is nine miles and is located in Cambria and Indiana counties. State Game Land #108’s trail is seven miles in Cambria County. Gallitzin State Forest provides 21 trail miles in Cambria and Somerset counties.  www.pgc.state.pa.us

Ice Fishing

Lake Rowena in Ebensburg is stocked with adult trout both during the regular season and as part of the Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission’s Winter Trout Program. While Duman and Glendale lakes also present ice fishing opportunities, Rowena traditionally is one of the first in the area to develop safe ice each winter.

Cross Country Skiing

Cross Country Skiing
Cross Country Skiing

Most of the walking trails mentioned above become cross country trails in the winter: Prince                 Gallitzin State Park,  Ghost Town Trail, Allegheny Portage Railroad National Historic Site and Laurel   Ridge State Park.

 

 

Skiing

Seven Springs Resort
Seven Springs Mountain Resort

Seven Springs Mountain Resort, located in Seven Springs, Pa., is the perfect place for family vacations that create lifelong memories. Guests can enjoy a vacation that includes the adrenaline rush of the Laurel Ridgeline Canopy Tour, the exhilaration of sporting clays, the stunning beauty and challenge of its mountaintop golf course, the ultimate in relaxation at the luxurious Trillium Spa, and of course the finest skiing and snowboarding that Pennsylvania has to offer!  http://www.7springs.com/

 

 

Hidden Valley Resort
Hidden Valley Resort

Hidden Valley Resort, located in Hidden Valley, Pa., is the ideal winter destination for families. With 25 slopes and trails and two terrain parks on 110 skiable acres and a first-class snowsports school, Hidden Valley offers a comfortable environment to learn to ski or snowboard.

Hidden Valley is also a beautiful getaway in the spring, summer and fall!   The Hidden Valley Golf Club presents a spectacular 18-hole championship course with tree-lined fairways nestled among native Mountain Laurel. Built along the natural fall lines of its mountaintop home, 30 miles of vistas capture the dramatic landscape of the surrounding countryside. The   Trillium Spa at Hidden Valley offers an escape from the stress of everyday  life with a relaxing spa menu featuring manicures, pedicures, massages and more.  http://www.hiddenvalleyresort.com/

Skiers at Blue Knob
Skiers at Blue Knob

 

Blue Knob State Park-Year-round wilderness adventures on 6,128 acres of woodland, 25 miles from Johnstown. Swimming pool, picnic areas, hiking trails, mountain biking, trout fishing, equestrian trails, camping, snowmobiling, cross-country skiing, nearby downhill skiing, environmental education programs, wildlife viewing, scenic views.  Cabins and House Rental.  www.dcnr.state.pa.us/stateparks/parks/blueknob.aspx

 

 

Landmarks:

Johnstown Inclined Plane
Johnstown Inclined Plane

Johnstown Inclined Plane-The Johnstown Inclined Plane is the steepest vehicular incline in the world, meaning its 30′ cars, which are large enough to hold 60 people, 6 motorcycles, or a vehicle, travel at the steepest grade for cars their size.  No trip to Johnstown is complete without a visit to our world-famous Inclined Plane.  http://www.inclinedplane.org/

 

 

 

The Stone Bridge-The Stone Bridge has been a fixture in Johnstown since the late 1800s.  This seven-arch bridge was originally built by the Pennsylvania Railroad in 1887.       During the Johnstown Flood of 1889, 100,000 tons of debris got caught up in the bridge and caused a massive fire, which killed scores of flood survivors who were trapped in the debris. The bridge survived the flood and its aftermath and is still in use today by the railroad.

The Stone Bridge Lighting Project, which was done to honor the late Representative John Murtha, was a $1.2 million project that involved resurfacing the bridge facade and installing programmable LED lights. Dedicated on September 24, 2011, the bridge is lighted for three hours each evening.  http://www.dojohnstown.com/2013/02/the-stone-bridge/

 

Flight 93 Memorial
Flight 93 Memorial

Flight 93 Memorial-The memorial is located at the site of the crash of United Airlines Flight 93, which was hijacked in the September 11 attacks.  The memorial was made to honor the passengers and crew of Flight 93, who stopped the terrorists from reaching their target. A temporary memorial to the 40 victims was established soon after the crash, and the first phase of the permanent memorial was completed, opened, and dedicated on September 10, 2011.  http://www.nps.gov/flni/index.htm

 

 

Come to Johnstown and see for yourself….this is just a sampling of all that Johnstown has to offer!

 

 

Related posts

DB Homes Update About Covid – 19

DB Homes Covid 19 Update 3-20-20 Due to the recent developments with the Covid-19 virus and the...

Continue reading
DB Homes
by DB Homes

House of the Month January 2019 – The Joshua Tree Two-Story

THE JOSHUA TREE TWO-STORY An American Dream Collection Plan Benchmark Specifications 1,934...

Continue reading
by Amy Burke

Coffered Ceilings

A great new option being offered is this beautiful coffered ceiling. This would look amazing in any...

Continue reading
DB Homes
by DB Homes