The mission of Pennsylvania Kinzua Pathways is to attract visitors to the area surrounding the Allegheny Reservoir, educate them on the rich history of its past, provide facilities to enjoy the present, and enhance wilderness access and stewardship for the future.
The Allegheny National Forest, specifically the area surrounding the Allegheny Reservoir, offers breathtaking beauty year-round. From its rolling, forested hills to the stunning foliage to the pristine, rich blue waters, the sights and sounds are awe inspiring during each of the area’s clearly defined seasons. A visit to the reservoir quickly releases whatever stress you may have had and stimulates the senses of the outdoor lover and adventure seeker. Visitors to this area truly have the opportunity to become one with nature.
What often goes unnoticed is that this magnificent landscape holds secrets of an era long gone. Natives to the area and their descendants know of these secrets and the rich historical and cultural heritage that, for many, was lived and is not forgotten.
Pennsylvania Kinzua Pathways (PKP) aims to capture this history while enhancing the visitor experience through stewardship and opportunities for adventure. PKP will inform and educate future generations of the rich history beneath the reservoir’s blue waters and the surrounding lands. This history will start with the glacier era and take visitors all the way through to the days of the once vibrant Kinzua Valley and construction of the Kinzua Dam. Interpretive and interactive learning vehicles will be used to honor, celebrate, and preserve this invaluable resource for the benefit of local and global visitors alike.