Jim Mayer Riverswalk in Johnstown, Hiking Trail, Bike Trail

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Quick Notes

  • This is an urban trail in Johnstown.
  •  The trail offers beautiful views of the Stonycreek River.
  • Birds abound here, especially in the spring.






Jim Mayer Riverswalk Trail

Named for a local conservationist, the Jim Mayer Riverswalk Trail is a delightful, 3.1-mile (5k) urban trail on the east end of the City of Johnstown. Following the Stonycreek River, the trail begins in Riverside on Michigan Ave. and ends in Hornerstown on Messenger St., near Sandyvale Memorial Gardens & Conservancy. This trail offers beautiful views of the river, abundant bird-life and wildflowers, picturesque Buttermilk Falls and serenity within an urban setting.

Trail Description

The Jim Mayer Riverswalk Trail is part of a growing urban trail system in Johnstown that currently follows the Stonycreek River from Central Avenue behind an industrial complex to the residential community of Riverside. One of its best features is the 50-foot Buttermilk Falls, located about mid-trail. The Riverswalk is nearly level, and its surface is groomed and easily ridden or walked.

View our PDF Map of the Jim Mayer Riverswalk Trail.


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Trail Challenges

  •  Occasional erosion problems occur where the water of Buttermilk Falls crosses the trail.
  •  Access is limited on the Central Avenue end of the trail.



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