Hinckston Run Reservoir and Falls
Located approximately five miles from downtown Johnstown, the Hinckston Run Reservoir can be found in Middle and East Taylor Townships. The 103-acre reservoir opened up for public use in 2000 and is a serene spot for those looking to stay close to home, but still wanting to get away from city life.
It is owned and operated by the Cambria Somerset Authority, who provide specific rules and guidelines for those who wish to spend time at the reservoir. Most importantly, electric-powered boats are permitted on the reservoir and fishing is allowed, but ice fishing is prohibited. Amenities at the reservoir include a trailer boat launch, picnic tables and pavilions. Click here for directions to the reservoir.
Hinckston Run Falls is for viewing pleasure only. Kayaking down the falls is no longer allowed, so be sure to follow the rules the Cambria Somerset Authority has posted throughout the area. The falls are accessed from the Honan Avenue Community Hiking and Biking Trail, which runs from Honan Avenue in Cambria City and all the way to the reservoir. “The waterfall is the highlight of our hiking trail,” says Ron Shawley, Executive Director of Laurel Highland’s Historical Village. Shawley says that they are always looking for new members to join and interested parties can contact him at 814-241-6123 to get more information.
Other points of interest along the Honan Avenue trail are benches, so you can rest and enjoy the scenery; an overlook, including interpretive signs telling the history of the Rosedale Coke Plant; an active beaver dam spanning over four acres; and an abundance of wildlife, including eagles, beavers, raccoon, deer, bear, coyotes and other small game. More information can be found about the trail at alltrails.com.
The reservoir and falls are both beautiful sites to see and are a great place to relax and get away, so enjoy it while the weather is still comfortable!