Ranger-guided "Path of the Flood" van tours and hikes are both fun and educational way to learn about the destructive force of the Johnstown Flood of Friday, May 31, 1889. Both hikes and van tours are offered from June-September at Johnstown Flood National Memorial. Reservations for these events may be made beginning May 1.
Path of the Flood Van Tours:
These tours are roughly four hours long. Tour participants board the van at the Johnstown Flood National Memorial Visitor Center. The tour begins at the site of the South Fork Dam with the background explanation of the history of the dam, plus the timeline that explains how and why the dam failed. During this time, there is also a fully-guided tour of the South Fork Fishing and Hunting Club Clubhouse. After leaving the park grounds, the tour then winds through the flood ravaged communities of South Fork, Mineral Point, East Conemaugh, Woodvale, and ultimately Johnstown. While driving through these communities, the Park Ranger explains the key events that happened in each town and even shares some photos of flood damage and/or significant people from the flood. The narrative portion of the tour concludes at Grandview Cemetery. At the cemetery, the van will stop at the "Monument of Tranquility," the monument that was dedicated to flood victims on May 31, 1892. Participants will then be shuttled back to the park Visitor Center. Please check back in the spring for 2017 tour dates.
Path of the Flood Hikes: Path of the Flood Hikes are offered in two different versions:
Path of the Flood Hike I:
The first half of the Path of the Flood-from Ehrenfeld to Franklin-is covered in this roughly 8 mile hike. Visitors meet at the Johnstown Flood National Memorial Visitor Center and are shuttled to Ehrenfeld. From there, Park Rangers lead hike participants over moderately difficult terrain to explain the first half of the Path of the Flood. We will stop along the way to learn about key sites and people from the Johnstown Flood. There will be brief rest stop halfway into the hike. Please check back in the spring for 2017 hike dates.
Path of the Flood Hike II:
The second half of the Path of the Flood-Franklin to the Stone Bridge-is covered in this 4-5 mile hike. Visitors meet at the Johnstown Flood National Memorial Visitor Center and are shuttled to Franklin. From there, Park Rangers will lead hikers over flat terrain in an urban atmosphere to learn about the Johnstown Flood from East Conemaugh to the Stone Bridge. Along the way, we will stop to learn about key sites and people from the Johnstown Flood. This hike is designed to begin where the Path of the Flood Hike I ends, but it is not necessary to have participated in the Path of the Flood Hike I to participate in this hike. Please check back in the spring for 2017 hike dates.