The County Links
above will keep you specifically in or near Ebensburg, Johnstown and Cambria County in the Allegheny Mountains
While Cambria County is well known for its rich history, those who enjoy the excitement of the outdoors will not be disappointed. From fishing and hunting, to skiing and snowmobiling, Cambria County is in the heart of some of the best outdoor recreation in Pennsylvania. When spring arrives, you can be sure to find the area's lakes and streams dotted with anglers hoping for the "big catch".
At Prince Gallitzin State Park, the forested hills of the Allegheny Plateau cradle sprawling Glendale Lake. Vistas offer scenic views of the 1,635-acre lake with its 26 miles of shoreline, which is a favorite of anglers and boaters. Campers flock to the large campground and also enjoy hiking and other outdoor activities. The varied habitats of the park make it a home for many types of wildlife, and a rest stop in the spring and fall migrations.
The Johnstown Flood (or Great Flood of 1889 as it became known locally) occurred on May 31, 1889. It was the result of the catastrophic failure of the South Fork Dam situated on the Little Conemaugh River 14 miles upstream of the town of Johnstown, made worse by several days of extremely heavy rainfall. The dam's failure unleashed a torrent of 20 million tons of water (4.8 billion U.S. gallons) from the reservoir known as Lake Conemaugh. With a volumetric flow rate that temporarily equalled that of the Mississippi River, the flood killed 2,209 people and caused US$17 million of damage (the equivalent of about $425 million in 2014 dollars).
It was the first major disaster relief effort handled by the new American Red Cross, led by Clara Barton. You can visit the Memorial to see the effects of the flood on the local population.
The warmer temperatures of late spring and summer generate a heightened level of activity in the scenic woodlands of Cambria County. Mountain bikers can take to the many gameland roads and snowmobile trails for an exhilarating ride across the ridges and through the valleys of the Southern Alleghenies.
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