• A view of the South and North abutments of the South Fork Dam.  The Visitor Center, Unger House, and Spring House are visible in the background.  As is visible, a spur railroad line connects coal trains with the main line of the railroad.

    Johnstown Flood

    National Memorial Pennsylvania

Plants

The park contains a mix of wetlands, wet meadows and forest habitats. The wetlands are found in the historic, former lakebed near the banks of the South Fork of the Little Conemaugh River. Wet meadows fill the remainder of what was once Conemaugh Lake. Some of the native wetland and wet meadow plants include steeplebush, blue vervain, monkey flower and boneset. The slopes above the former lakebed are forested, with black cherry and oak trees forming a canopy over understory plants such as alternate leaved dogwood, violets and ferns.

Did You Know?

Johnstown Dam

The Dam was originally built by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania as a reservoir for the canal basin in Johnstown. It took from 1838-1853 to construct and fill, yet the canal system was obsolete by 1854.