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.
Rivers and Streams
Blair Gap Run is a high qulaity mountain stream running in and out of the park from the Cresson Mountain summit to Duncansville, PA. The headwaters originate at the Main Unit of the park near the Cresson Summit. The stream supports a cold water fishery further down the mountain near Muleshoe Curve.
At the Staple Bend Tunner unit of the park near Mineral Point, PA the park parallels the Little Conemaugh River. Intermittent streams and drainages flow through the park on their way to the river. Unfortunately, these are polluted by acidic abandoned mine drainage, which the park is working to remediate.
Did You Know?
The Norris locomotive George Washington, which proved the Allegheny Portage Railroad obsolete, worked its lifetime on the Portage after 1836.