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Heritage Parks
Pennsylvania's Heritage Parks are about the eras of steel and iron making, coal mining, the oil boom, canal and road building, blazing the early roads and highways and living off the land. They're about the influx of immigrants, the challenges and triumphs of a determined people and the birth of liberty and independence. They are why Pennsylvania became the Hearth of America. We invite you to learn more and visit our Heritage Parks.

Lumber Heritage Park
Lumber Heritage Park Map - Link to more informationOne of two most recently designated Heritage Parks is the Lumber Heritage Park. Journeying through this area, the ever-present forest stands out as one of the most striking features of the landscape. Woven into every trunk and limb are stories of lumber heritage, a culture defined by its forests. From the inception of the industrialized timber industry through the emergence of the current forest products industry, an indelible mark has been imprinted upon the culture of every community and every generation of the region. Visit this heritage park...

Allegheny Ridge
Allegheny Ridge Region Map - Link to more informationThe cities of Altoona and Johnstown mark the anchor communities of the Allegheny Ridge Heritage Park. Few places in Pennsylvania symbolize American technical prowess and the emergence of the Keystone State as an industrial giant more than the conquering of the Ridge, a 1,200-foot obstacle rising above the Altoona and Hollidaysburg area. Visit this heritage park...

Lincoln Highway
Lincoln Highway Park Map - Link to more informationIt's where the journey is just as important as the destination, where road warriors can experience nostalgic America at its best. It's the Lincoln Highway-U.S. Route 30 through Pennsylvania-the nation's first coast-to-coast highway stretching from New York City to San Francisco! Just as the Lincoln Highway sparked the public's imagination and fostered the rapid growth of automobile tourism in the early 20th century, the 200-mile Lincoln Highway Heritage Corridor beckons you to ride the same ribbon of asphalt and concrete as your grandfather. Visit this heritage park...

The National Road State Heritage Corridor
The National Road State Heritage Corridor Region Map - Link to more informationThe National Road Heritage Corridor traverses the 90-mile stretch of the Historic National Road in Pennsylvania. The first federally funded road in the United States, a portion of which is currently known as Route 40, this corridor celebrates the history and heritage of the southwest corner of the park. The "road" tells the story of four distinct historic eras: Early Trails & Military Roads (pre-1800: Nemacolin's Trail and Mingo's Path), Construction of the National Road (1806-1835), Toll Road Era (1836-1900) the road is turned over to individual states, and the Automobile Era (1900s), when automobile touring becomes a popular pastime. Visit this heritage park...

Rivers of Steel
Rivers of Steel Region Map - Link to more informationDiscover the legacy of Big Steel as you explore the Pittsburgh area and the river valleys of Southwestern Pennsylvania. On riverboats and buses, you'll visit the great mill towns that gave this region the title "Steel Making Capital of the World." In Homestead, Aliquippa, and the other "company" towns, you'll learn how steel and mine workers struggled for safer working conditions, decent wages, and the right to organize. Visit this heritage park...

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