The 8 Best Things to Do in Ebensburg, United States

August 5, 2017 Layne Dawes

Ebensburg is a borough and the county seat of Cambria County in the U.S. state of Pennsylvania. It is located 25 miles (40 km) west of Altoona and surrounded by Cambria Township. It is situated in the Allegheny Mountains at about 2,140 feet (650 m) above sea level. Ebensburg is located in a rich bituminous coal region. In the past, sawmills, tanneries, wool mills, and a foundry operated there. The number of residents in 1900 was 1,574, and in 1910, 1,978. The population was 3,351 at the 2010 census. It is part of the Johnstown, Pennsylvania Metropolitan Statistical Area.
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1. Allegheny Portage Railroad National Historic Site

110 Federal Park Rd, Cresson, PA 16630 +1 814-886-6150
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4.5 based on 82 reviews

Allegheny Portage Railroad National Historic Site

Experience railroad history at this historic Pennsylvania site.

Reviewed By justtony1663 - Cresson, Pennsylvania

Great presentation of historic method to transport people and cargo across the mountains. Visitors center has displays explaining operation of system. A walkway thru the woods takes you to the engine house and Lemon house. There is a nice picnic area, but it is accessed by car only from a different highway exit a mile away. It is accessible by trail from the Visitors Center, and is a nice walk.

2. Johnstown Flood National Memorial

733 Lake Rd, South Fork, PA 15956-3602 +1 814-495-4643
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4.5 based on 158 reviews

Johnstown Flood National Memorial

Reviewed By AMiller121 - Columbia, South Carolina

I learned about the Johnstown Flood after watching The Men Who Built America on the History Channel. The area landscape is just beautiful! There is a museum w/a gift shop upon arrival that is extremely informative. Right outside of the museum is Ugner's house w/a walkway and wayside signage giving information regarding the flood. The South Fork Fishing and Hunting Clubhouse is located down the road a few miles from the museum. A great informative place to visit.

3. Gallitzin Tunnels Park & Museum

411 Convent St, Gallitzin, PA 16641-1295 +1 814-886-8871
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Gallitzin Tunnels Park & Museum

Reviewed By Cinnilouwho - Zeeland, Michigan

If you are planning a rail fan visit to the area, this is a great place to watch the trains come out of the tunnel. Drive the roads in the area and nearby is where they switch off the pushers & they have a viewing area their also. Always remember to respect the RR property. We didn't make it into the museum this trip as it was closed. Across from the park is a B&B and also another one near where they switch out the pushers, both unfortunately were closed when we were their :-(

4. Portage Station Museum

400 Lee St, Portage, PA 15946-1304 +1 814-736-9223
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Portage Station Museum

Reviewed By ManicUSAVisitor - London, England

My visit was greatly enhanced by the attention of Irene who gave me an informative tour of the small museum and by Austin who tends the model railway in the upstairs section. The model depicts the Horseshoe Curve at Altoona which gave me a better idea of what that was all about. I spent a pleasant couple of hours in the company of these 2 wonderful people.

5. Staple Bend Tunnel Park

Beech Hill Road, Mineral Point, PA +1 814-886-6150
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Staple Bend Tunnel Park

Reviewed By Larry T - Milford, Delaware

Staple Bend Tunnel Park is a wonderful place to walk, jog or bike while immersed in history. This pleasant two mile trail (four mile round trip) and the historic Staple Bend Tunnel (the first railroad tunnel in the United States) are maintained by our National Park Service. The trail is actually on Level 2 of the Allegheny Portage Railroad which operated between 1834 and 1854. It is a level, well packed gravel trail through a mature forest. This forest offers much shade during the hotter times of the year. There are interpretive wayside exhibits at the trail head and various locations along the trail. The only restrooms (pit toilets) in the area are at the trail head. I do not recall any water being available here. There is parking for about a dozen vehicles. While on the trail take time to see the several stone culverts that are being preserved and the stone sleepers laying in their original position. You first come upon the East Portal to the tunnel. While very interesting this side of the tunnel lacks the elaborate stone facade that is on the West Portal. Be sure to go through the tunnel to see this fine stone craftsmanship. Look for the historic (and modern) graffiti scratched into the facade.The tunnel is 901 feet long with no lighting. It gets pretty dark in the middle of the tunnel. You can always see the light at the other end of the tunnel to guide you. The tunnel floor is level. I suggest taking a flashlight not only to help you see your way but to view the solid stone walls and ceiling through which the railroad workers has to cut. After viewing the tunnel remember you have a two mile walk back to the trail head. You need to carry water and if you wish a snack with you.
We made the walk in late June and experienced no problems with insects but you may wish to bring some repellent with you. You can probably do the round trip hike in three to four hours allowing time for photos and seeing things.

6. Cresson Area Heritage Park

Front Street, Cresson, PA
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Cresson Area Heritage Park

Reviewed By lmcclain - Cleveland

We recently stopped here on our road trip
This is a great place to watch trains there is quite a bit of Northfolk Southern traffic
There is also a Amtrak traffic twice daily
It's a cute little park with a picnic area and seating available
There's also a train platform to watch the train to go by
There are some restaurants and gas stations nearby

7. Horseshoe Curve National Historic Landmark

1500 Glenn White Road, Altoona, PA +1 814-941-7743
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4.5 based on 439 reviews

Horseshoe Curve National Historic Landmark

An unusual construction of rail-building that enabled trains to move westward.

Reviewed By Justin W - York, Pennsylvania

In just 40 minutes four trains came by. When we arrived one was completing its turn and heading away. Soon two trains came by, one going each direction. A third came by before closing. The trains have to move slowly so you get lots of time to see them and they were blowing their horns. All were freight trains. The viewing area is a small grass strip with benches in the center of the curve with an observation deck that overlooks the water below. It doesn't encircle the curve but you can get within of the trains (don't walk on the tracks). However this small area is very spacious. There's even a caboose on display. The only thing I didn't like was the cable car only runs every 30 minutes. However a staircase helps if you're willing to climb them. We used the cable car to go up and staircase to come down.

8. Trans Allegheny Trails

Ebensburg, PA 15931 +1 814-940-1421
Trans Allegheny Trails

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