Path of the Flood Trail, Johnstown, Bike Trail, Hiking Trail

More Info

Quick Notes

  • A historical trail that offers several trailside interpretive signs.
  • Not a typical rail-trail, challenging in sections.
  • Combines with the Staple Bend Tunnel to create an 11-mile trail.






Path of the Flood

This historical trail enables the user to start just below the breached South Fork Dam and follow the same watercourse that floodwaters took in 1889, when they surged into Johnstown and killed more than 2,000 people! The Path of the Flood provides numerous trailside markers that tell the story and enables users to visualize the scene within the  Little Conemaugh River valley, which remains largely unchanged more than 120 years later. Additionally, this trail is naturally beautiful and challenging with some steeper grades and varying trail surfaces.

Trail Description

The Path of the Flood offers an 11-mile bicycle ride that’s both intellectually and physically satisfying. A four-mile section from the trailhead in Ehrenfeld to Mineral Point offers scenic views, educational trailside markers and moderately challenging slopes when riding eastward. Below Mineral Point and the two-mile Staple Bend Tunnel Trail, bicyclists will be challenged with steep grades for one mile. Following another mile on more-level dedicated trail to a hillside park above Franklin, the rider will finish with three miles on public streets before reaching the Path’s terminus at the Johnstown Flood Museum.


View Path of the Flood Trail in a larger map

Trail Challenges

  •  There is a moderate grade between Mineral Point and Ehrenfeld and short but steep grades between the Staple Bend Tunnel and Franklin.
  •  The trail surface for one mile below the tunnel is packed earth.
  •  To reach the Johnstown Flood Museum, the bicyclist must travel three miles on city streets.




Return to Top