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.
Early Closure 11/27/2013
The park will be closing today at 3:00 for the Thanksgiving holiday and remained closed through Thanksgiving Day, November 28. The park will re-open at 9:00 am on Friday, November 29.
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?
In 1824 an all-water route through the Allegheny Mountains was proposed. A 4 mile tunnel "like a well dug horizontially" would be needed, along with ventilation shafts and support features. A portage over the mountains was built instead.