This week, U.S. Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke added 19 trails in 17 states to the National Recreation Trails program, which is jointly administered by the National Park Service and U.S. Forest Service. The Jim Mayer Riverswalk Trail in Johnstown was the only Pennsylvania trail to received the designation.

Named for a local conservationist, the trail is a 3.1-mile urban rail-trail on the east end of the city. The trail offers views of the Stonycreek River, abundant bird-life and wildflowers, picturesque Buttermilk Falls, and serenity within an urban setting. As part of the local vision to make recreational trail use more accessible in the Johnstown area, the trail provides opportunities for wellness, enhanced recreational experiences, and connections to other trails. The trail is part of the growing Trans Allegheny Trails system.

Click here to view the full press release and list of designated trails in each state.