Ghost Town Trail
The Ghost Town Trail is a rails-to-trails facility located in Cambria and Indiana Counties in south central Pennsylvania.
Loop Trail? No
Type: Rail Trail
Agency: City, Town, or County
Entry Fee? No
Parking Fee? No Allowed Uses:
Bicycling (on pavement)
Bicycling (off pavement)
Dogs - On leash
Pedestrian - Walking/Hiking/Running
Snow - Cross-country Skiing
Snow - Snowshoeing
Location: Saylor Park (Blacklick) to Ebensburg
Counties: Indiana, Cambria
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The Ghost Town Trail is a rails-to-trails facility located in Cambria and Indiana Counties in south central Pennsylvania. Opened for public use in 1994, the trail is 24 miles long and presently extends from Dilltown in Indiana County to Ebensburg in Cambria County. Following the South Branch and Main Stem of the Blacklick Creek, the packed crushed limestone trail passes through several abandoned coal towns or "ghost towns" from the early 20th century coal industry. There is also a four-mile branch, known as the Rexis Branch, which follows the North Branch of the Blacklick Creek, from Vintondale to the White Mill Station at PA Route 422. Over the eight years the trail has been open, more than 75,000 annual users have enjoyed the sights, sounds, and beauty of the Ghost Town Trail while hiking, biking, or cross country skiing during every season of the year.
Width: 120 inches.
Primary Surface: Crushed rock, compacted
Secondary Surface: None
Average Grade: 1%
Maximum Grade: 1%
Elevation Low Point: 980
Elevation High Point: 200
Elevation Gain (cumulative): Not Available
Year Designated: 2003
Supporting Webpages and DocumentsWebsite: American Trails Featured NRT
Website: Trail Map
Website: Cambria County Website -- Ghost Town Trail
For more information and current conditions, contact the trail manager (listed below). For questions, suggestions, and corrections to information listed on the website, contact American Trails.
Indiana County Parks & Trails
1128 Blue Spruce Road
Indiana, PA 15701
Delores J. Columbus
Cambria County Conservation & Recreation Authority
401 Candlelight Dr.
Ebensburg, PA 15931
Beautiful trail! Lots of history, excellently maintained, and well used but not over used. Peaceful, open, awesome sections with beautiful vistas and the river is lovely. Tranquil and restorative to mental, emotional, and spiritual health.
April 20, 2020
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