Staple Bend Tunnel Trail Open, Staple Bend Tunnel Close
The Staple Bend Tunnel is closed until further notice, but the Staple Bend Tunnel trail is open for use. Again, the tunnel, NOT THE TRAIL, is closed.
Please be aware that part of the public area loop has been closed until further notice as the park starts preparatory efforts for this summer's paving project on the Picnic Area Road.
One need not look far to find a non-native plant species within the park. Many of these plants were used as ornamentals or for erosion prevention and bank stabilization. Now they are invading our native woodlands and fields, and in some cases have reached problematic stages.
Efforts are currently underway to maintain control of the most threatening exotic species in areas of the park where the infestations can be managed. The park presently has an integrated pest management program for giant and Japanese knotweed, Japanese barberry, Japanese and exotic bush honeysuckles, multiflora rose and Asiatic bittersweet.
Did You Know?
The Conemaugh Viaduct was used by trains even after the Portage Railroad closed. The Johnstown Flood of 1889 washed the original viaduct away, but a replacement was completed within 3 days of the flood.