Western Pennsylvania National Parks Announce 2014 Spring Hours and Opening Dates

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Date: March 20, 2014
Contact: MaryEllen Snyder, (724) 329-8131

FARMINGTON, PA – The National Park Service is happy to announce the spring opening dates for visitor facilities at the five National Parks in Western Pennsylvania. Superintendent Jeff Reinbold encourages visitors to spend a day in one or more of the five Parks; "spring is a great time to visit one of our historic sites or go for a walk on the 31 miles of walkways and trails in the five Parks."

Beginning April 1, Flight 93 National Memorial will be open from 9:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m., with last entry to the Memorial at 6:30 p.m. Due to ongoing construction projects visitors are cautioned to be aware of construction vehicles on park roads.

Beginning April 4, the visiting hours of the Historic Gallatin House, located at Friendship Hill National Historic Site in Point Marion, will expand to Friday through Monday, from 9:00 to 5:00 p.m. The house will be open seven days per week, beginning May 11. The park grounds remain open sunrise to sunset year-round for visitors who enjoy walking in the park.

At Fort Necessity National Battlefield in Farmington, The Mount Washington Tavern – a museum focusing on life along the Historic National Road – and the park Picnic Area will open April 15, 2014. Jumonville Glen, located about six miles from Fort Necessity on Jumonville Road, will open May 1. The Fort Necessity/National Road Interpretive and Education Center remains open seven days a week from 9:00 to 5:00 p.m.

At Allegheny Portage Railroad NHS and Johnstown Flood National Memorial, both parks are open from sunrise to sunset and the Park's visitor's facilities are open from 9:00 to 5:00 daily.  This Saturday, March 22, to commemorate the 180th Anniversary of the opening Allegheny Portage Railroad, Park Rangers will conduct a guided hike along the trace in the Summit Area. To reserve your space on the hike call 814-886-6150.

National Park Service

Western Pennsylvania Parks

Spring Hours and Opening Dates


Allegheny Portage Railroad National Historic Site

Fort Necessity National Battlefield

Johnstown Flood National Memorial

open sunrise to sunset with visitor facilities open9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.


Flight 93 National Memorial

open9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.with last entry at4:30 p.m.


Friendship Hill National Historic Site

Open sunrise to sunset with historic Gallatin House open9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

on weekends

April 1

Flight 93 National Memorial

extended hours of 9:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. begin, with last entry into Memorial at6:30 p.m.

April 4

Friendship Hill National Historic Site

historic Gallatin House opensFridaythroughMondayfrom9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

April 15

Fort Necessity National Battlefield

Mount Washington Tavern and Picnic Area open   

May 1

Fort Necessity National Battlefield

Jumonville Glen opens

May 11

Friendship Hill National Historic Site

historic Gallatin House opens seven days per week from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

For more information about the five National Parks of Western Pennsylvania and the many special events planned in 2014, visit each park's website or visit www.nps.gov/flni/planyourvisit, or each park's Facebook page, or email WEPAinformation@nps.gov, or call MaryEllen Snyder at 724-329-8131

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Last updated: February 26, 2015

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