Sam’s Run – A Johnstown Hidden Gem

Sam’s Run – A Johnstown Hidden Gem

Waterfalls, foliage, and ice, oh my. Complete with photos.

Autumn Along Sam’s Run

At the cusp of Autumn, and beyond (shudder), I thought it might be nice to share some photos taken over the years of one of Johnstown’s true hidden treasures: Sam’s Run flowing through Lorain Boro and Stonycreek Township. With beautiful scenery any time of the year, the hike ranges from easy to moderately difficult from beginning to end. Once the Lorain Boro Trail turns right up Belmont Hill you’ll have to hike the stream bed the rest of the way to the falls. Be prepared to get your feet wet as it can be a bit of a scramble. Conversely, you can find a place to park in Belmont and make a quick, if difficult scramble down the falls itself. I’ve included a map in the gallery to provide a reference.

Lorain Boro Ballfield

Park at the Lorain Boro ballfield parking lot and follow the road all the way up past the pavilion and into the woods. You might park outside the gate at the pavilion and save yourself a few minutes but, frankly, I’m have no confidence when gates are locked or unlocked anywhere around here so I just walk the extra couple hundred yards. The road leads right to the path, the path leads right to the ‘crick,’ and the creek leads right to the falls. The hike probably takes about a half hour each way, but I can’t be sure as I’m forever stopping to take photos. If you’d rather not make the effort, here are some of those photos for your enjoyment.

Central Park Christmas Tree Proposed

Central Park Christmas Tree Proposed

Discover Downtown Johnstown Partnership Plans A New Christmas Tree

Winter Time in Downtown Johnstown

Central Park at Christmas

I was mildly dismayed last week when I read in the Tribune Democrat of Discover Downtown Johnstown Partnership’s plans for a new Christmas tree to cover the Pasquerilla Fountain in Central Park.  Don’t get me wrong. I’m not opposed to the idea of the new holiday feature in CP, but I’m not in love with the plan to erect it over the Pasquerilla Fountain. Continue reading

Progress for the Steeples Project

Photographing Johnstown’s Cultural Heritage

The Steeples Project churches

As reported in this morning’s Tribune Democrat, The Steeples Project continues to make progress in the preservation of the three Cambria City church structures under their care: The Grand Halle on Broad Street (former Immaculate Conception), SS. Casimir & Emerich’s, and St. Columba’s. It’s been my privelege to help support the Project through my photography, and to explore these monuments of Johnstown’s heritage in that pursuit. Continue reading

Best Scenic Views of Pennsylvania’s Southern Highlands

Best Scenic Views of Pennsylvania’s Southern Highlands

“What a delightful prospect it must have afforded…when the morning sun
first touched with its rays the summit of the Allegheny, and in its setting,
flooded the heights of the Laurel Hill with a sea of gold, and bathed
the whole intervening country with its soft and mellow light.” -Hon. Wm. H. Koontz, 1895

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“…and I’ll Raise You a Bridge

“…and I’ll Raise You a Bridge

Johnstown’s Stone Bridge From the Banks of the Conemaugh River

“…in beauty like the night of cloudless climes and starry skies” -Lord Byron (George Gordon)

Kayaking down the too-shallow Stonycreek at night is a scream. Kayaking back up the Stony is something else all together, but that’s another story for another time. Got my feet wet under Johnstown’s Stone Bridge last week and loved it. Continue reading