Allegheny Ridge Heritage Area

This Heritage and Recreation Corridor features historic communities including Altoona, Johnstown and Blairsville; Interpretive Sites – Hollidaysburg Canal Basin Park and Saltsburg Canal Park – and recreation opportunities including, the Lower, 6 to 10, the West Penn, the Roaring Run Trails and the Kiski-Conemaugh and Juniata River Water Trail Systems.

The Allegheny Ridge, itself, is a geographical phenomenon that rises steeply to 1200 feet above sea level. In the early 19th century, this presented a nearly impassable challenge, met first by wagon roads, then by an ingenious combination of canals and inclined planes, followed by railroads, and finally, limited access highways.

Those natural barriers of the past have turned into modern playgrounds for outdoor recreationists making use of the assets of the Pittsburgh-To-Harrisburg Main Line Canal Greenway to hike, bicycle, or kayak through the Allegheny Ridge.

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1421-27 12th Ave Altoona, PA 16603

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