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Nearby Attractions to Prince Gallitzin State Park

Information about Prince Gallitzin State Park’s nearby attractions is available from the Johnstown and Cambria County Convention and Visitors Bureau, the Blair County Visitor’s Bureau, and the Alleghenies.

Explore the Area

Prince Gallitzin State Park is located between Frugality and Patton Borough, which are part of the Johnstown metropolitan area. Johnstown and Altoona, which is 19 miles to the south, are larger cities and offer a variety of shops and eateries.

Learn about some of the area businesses and things to do from the Blair County Chamber of Commerce.

Nearby State Parks and Forests

Prince Gallitzin State Park is close to two state parks and one state forest, where visitors can enjoy recreation, education, and other activities.

Canoe Creek State Park

The 961-acre Canoe Creek State Park features a 155-acre lake, wetlands, old fields, and mature forests, which provide critical habitat for migrating birds and other wildlife.

The lake is popular for fishing year-round. Hikers enjoy the trails that wind through the many habitats. Picnicking, swimming at the beach, enjoying educational programs, and staying the night in a modern cabin are also popular activities.

Blue Knob State Park

The 6,128-acre Blue Knob State Park is in the northwestern tip of Bedford County, west of I-99. Altoona, Johnstown, and Bedford are within 25 miles of this scenic park. The elevation of the park can cause air temperatures to be several degrees cooler than the surrounding cities. The annual snowfall averages about 12 feet.

Recreational activities include hiking, mountain biking, horseback riding, picnicking, swimming, fishing, hunting, downhill skiing, cross country skiing, snowmobiling, and camping.

Rothrock State Forest

The 96,975-acre Rothrock State Forest is named for Dr. Joseph Trimble Rothrock, a native of Mifflin County and the commonwealth’s first forestry commissioner. He is recognized as the “Father of Forestry” in Pennsylvania. Rothrock State Forest is spread across the rugged ridges of Huntingdon County, Centre County, and Mifflin County.

Recreational opportunities include hiking, mountain biking, horseback riding, picnicking, boating, kayaking, fishing, hunting, and camping.

Other Nearby Outdoor Spaces and Natural Places

There are several other nearby outdoor spaces and natural places near Prince Gallitzin State Park:

  • State Game Lands 108 is adjacent to the park and State Game Lands 120 is a short drive to the north, both offering additional recreational opportunities.
  • The 6,000-acre Rock Run Recreation Area has more than 50 miles of trail for dirt bikes and four-wheelers.

Pennsylvania Heritage Areas

Heritage Areas protect, enhance, and promote Pennsylvania’s historic, natural, cultural, and scenic resources.

The Allegheny Ridge Heritage Area is a geographical phenomenon that rises steeply to 1200 feet above sea level, which in the early 19th century presented a nearly impassable transportation challenge. Those natural barriers of the past have turned into modern playgrounds for outdoor recreationalists.