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Ghost Town Trail – Mileage Chart (approximate distances) Access Points: Saylor Park: Heshborn: Buena Vista: Dilltown: Wehrum: Rexis/ Vintondale: Twin Rocks Two miles of this trail were completed in late 2018, and plans are in the works to add another 5.5 miles, transforming this spur into a loop that meets back with the main trail at the community of Revloc. As stated by others, I saw lots if wildlife on/near the trail and every person I met was beyond friendly! Historical markers along the way detailing coal industry history. The B&B has a little store that serves snacks. Enjoy the ride! This is one of the nicest trails. We have been on the York Trail, and I will not forget standing on the train platform where Abraham Lincoln awaited the train to Gettysburg. Ghost Town Trail Recreational Bridge Reconstruction. But, loved it, and definitely going back with friends. I, my wife, and two kids just biked a good portion of this trail this past weekend. Short portions of the trail run through state game lands; users are advised to wear orange year-round, particularly in the fall. The second day we rode from Vintondale to about 2 miles past Nanty Glo at the bridge of the south fork of the Black lick creek. The trail surface is in great shape. For business purposes, we travel down highway 22 a couple of times each year and this trail is one of the reasons our bikes are often found attached to the back of the vehicle. We felt it is definitely an uphill grade but it is do-able. Just a little spooky. Probably a 1-2% grade. Hope that seeing the creek dead and red motivates people to clean up what must have been a lovely creek before the despoliation of the mining companies . The Ghost Town Trail totals 36 miles in Indiana and Cambria Counties, Pennsylvania. Ghost Town Trail is a 32.2 mile moderately trafficked point-to-point trail located near Armagh, Pennsylvania that features a river and is good for all skill levels. Nice trail but around Nanty Glo on 7/27/13, fresh surface was way too loose for my old road bike. 30, Laurel Highlands Hiking Trail: Route 271 to Decker Avenue, Honan Avenue Community Hiking and Biking Trail, Laurel Highlands Hiking Trail Mile 70 to 0, Indiana County Fairground/mack Memorial Park. By lunch time there were a number of users out on the trail. No one else was parked there, so there is plenty of room. We started at the Heshbon access point and rode to Vitondale. I stopped at the Sheetz to refuel, which is right off the trail and at a great place at mile 26 if you hit it on the way back. The trail is in excellent condition, and we both had a great time. N 40° 28.155 W 079° 00.015. The Marathon and Marathon Relay turnaround is just past the Dilltown access point for the Ghost Town Trail. The Ghost Town Trail is a multi-use recreational trail suitable for walking, biking, jogging, hiking, horseback riding, and cross-country skiing. As of September 2009, the bridges have been installed in the Dilltown area which makes the trail complete between Ebensburg and Blacklick. The only problem we experienced was the slight grade on the way back to Dilltown. A four-paneled mural at the US 219 underpass celebrates the rail-trail’s history and signals that your ride is almost over. I biked from Saylor Park to just past Dilltown and back, about 26 miles RT. I rode this trail on Monday, Sept 14th. Established in 1991, the Ghost Town Trail is a designated national recreation trail. Riding East to West paid off because the ride back was down hill. ", "While riding the Ghost Town Trail last week on June 25, 2003, I was pleasantly suprised at the beauty of the trail and Blacklick Creek, and I was very impressed with the trailhead in Dilltown. I think this might be important information to post on the Traillink website and I think that Black Lick, which is ideal for wading on a hot day, should be posted with signs warning of the danger. 2. I've ridden the whole length of this trail twice - both times as part of a tour that was an 800 mile loop beginning and ending at my house. I only road from Dilltown towards Ebensburg about 15 miles and back. It is located at Trail Milepost 12.4, north side, as was customary on Pennsylvania Railroad lines systemwide. The trail is very well-maintained and is mostly shaded. Your patience is appreciated. If you grew up around the mining industry, this trail offers very little scenery. If you love to walk along trails, then the Ghost Town Trail is a must, and I sincerely mean a must! Personally, I find it more relaxing than the beach, and more refreshing than golf, tennis or shooting pool. I really do not know what they could do with cleaning this stream. Access the trail by following the directions above from Saylor Park. We biked the 32+ mile Ghost Town Trail from Saylor Park in Black Lick to Ebensburg. It's a steady uphill climb from Black Lick to Ebensburg with few breaks! Right at Vintondale you have the Eliza Furnace. Note that Saylor Park, where you begin your ride, is also a trailhead for the 10.5-mile Hoodlebug Trail. Unforgettable highlight?--the gallows where the Molly Maguires were hung, and the jail that contained them. We put the uphill at the beginning of our rides. long 2-1/2 mile climb up a steep (3 to 4%?) There is a pavilion in Dilltown right across the street from this establishment so it is handy to come to the store for drinks, snacks, and food. I hope I am not scaring people away from a truly outstanding rail-trail. Between the two spans, this 1977 flood abandonment railroad segment was obviously the salvation of intact rusty classic PRR cast iron mile marker 31, one of very few of these survivors on this trail. This marker to commemorate the town is located near the Scott Glen Bridge on the trail. I've walked the section near Vintondale many times. Excellent trail, nice things to check out on the way, and the scenery for much of the trail feels like Colorado - spectacular ! I only did 6 miles. It was tough. Those are the tips that make a ride extra special. Sometimes it was an informational sign or a huge historical landmark. The eastern half has a steeper climb and no bathroom and less signage. Looking forward to exploring the rest of the trail. This excellent trail is located in west central Pennsylvania just a few miles north of Johnstown. As you approach the town of Vintondale, 18.5 miles from your start, the trail will split; to the left (north), a spur of a little more than 12 miles travels along the former rail line of the Cambria and Indiana Railroad. A group of us traveled about 90 minutes to ride this trail and it was surely worth it! Indiana County Parks will be completing the work to refine the trail tread going up to the bridges. I got back to Dilltown and total time was 7:10 and my gps showed 88 miles. At the east end, a 3-span Armerford Pedestrian Bridge was built on additions to the tops of the four stone piers of the ex-Pennsy bridge. After the bridges are installed the trail surface to connect the two bridges will be completed by the Indiana County Parks & Trails maintenance staff. We appreciated your patience and support of this project. Crushed stone was smooth and hard packed making it easy to ride. To reach the Black Lick trailhead from the intersection of US 422 and US 119 in Indiana, head south on US 119. 4 / Ghost Town Trail 2009 User Survey points are Dilltown (31 percent), Black Lick (17 percent), Ebensburg (13.6 percent) and Rexis (13.1 percent), followed by Nanty Glo, Heshbon and A very detailed historic plaque provides much information about this once substantial mining town. Rode this from Saylor Park to Nanty Glo and back. The weather was perfect and the colors were gorgous. I highly recommend heading west to east, up mountain first. This B & B is a must visit for anyone, but especially for bikers traveling the Ghost Town Trail. We have been to the Lehigh Gorge, where the trail is pure rich scenery, but the terminal town of Jim Thorpe is pure rich history. Pretty flat with some section of incline, most notably from Vintondale to Nanty Glo. We stopped at the Dilltown B&B Trail side shop and got popsicles which were super refreshing at that point. At this time we do not have a definite delivery date for the bridges. The history along this trail is also great. It's a ride we'll definitely take again. ", "Excellent trail conditions. The first part of the memorial that you see is next to the trail. Mile markers were in placeand at several places there were nice bathroom facilities. The scenery was better than I recalled with lots of wooded river side runs and shade. Travel 2 miles west and see some nice bridges and natural stone formations as well. Trail Surface: Crushed stone. Vintondale to Nanty Glo is a challenge, but all tje other sections are great. ", TrailLink is a free service provided by Rails-to-Trails conservancy, We're a non-profit all about helping you enjoy the outdoors, Saylor Park, just north of Burrell St. and Sycamore St. (Black Lick) and Rowena Dr. and Tanner St. (Ebensburg) or North St. just south of Expedite Road (Cardiff). The bricks had names of miners that had died. We did not cover the entire trail and plan to go back to finish. We plan to ride more along the Ghost Town Trail in the future. Wehrum has a large parking lot and is easily found. As a side note, I lost a perfectly good cell phone in the porta potty. There's also an old abandoned bridge right where Claghorn used to be. Didn't care, it was a beautiful day of cycling. There were also many interesting historical plaques/informational signs. First day was from Heshbon to Vintondale the grade is almost flat and the scenery is awesome seen many deer and other small animals. We spent the night in Ebensburg at the Noon Collins Inn (Awesome Place!) -Rich Ballash, Latrobe, PA. We begin our ferroquinological tour of this trail at Milepost 0, adjacent to Saylor Park in Black Lick, PA. Lots of shade, mining/smelting history, good surface throughout. Even following a mid-morning shower, the trail was in excellent condition. Overnight camping is only allowed in the Rexis Area at the House of the Rising Sun hospitality house, free of charge. I highly reccomend the Ghost Town Trail to all riding levels and plan on biking it again many more times this summer! There's a mostly-imperceptible uphill heading from west-to-east, which makes the east-to-west return a pleasant downhill ride. Decent signage - maybe even a few more wouldn't hurt. ", "This trail is great for solo riders or whole families. To reach parking near the endpoint in Cardiff from the intersection of US 22 and US 119 in Blairsville, head east on US 22. It's a decent trail. I could talk on and on but that would give away the nice discoveries that lay with this trail, for there are many interesting and historical encounters that’s met along the way. Overall very nice scenery but 13.5 miles uphill was a struggle I wish I could have done before fatigue started setting in. Therefore, I can't speak for the entirety of the trail. The scenery more than made up for it as my wife and I saw deer, geese and chipmunks all along the trail. Its still a great trail. It did rain on us and this cut our ride short. At the junction, as near MP 33, the grade is barricaded off with a big pile of large railroad ties. I would like to explain our previous experience for the sake of understanding how it fits in. The snow has remained constant and the ski traffic is light. (B-9) Mike Finnegan, Esq. The food was great and the best whoopie- pie I ever had! Fairly flat even though my running app showed elevation levels between 1671 ft and 1856 ft. Two railroad bridges were wiped out, I would guess in the Johnstown Flood of 1977, at the ends of the river loop between Trail MP 11.6 and 12.2. When we got to the trail end at ST RT 422 we discovered that the underpass to the proposed extension had been washed out by flooding of the Blacklick Creek. Unfortunately there were no observable ghost towns, which I was disappointed with. Even though it rained quite a bit on Monday, there was no standing water Tuesday. It’s uphill going east and downhill back, highly recommend doing it this way! I had planned to stop at Nanty Glo for a break but still feeling good I continued on. Very nicely constructed. My wife and I have done all sections of the trail a number of times. This is a designated National Recreation Trail. Dilltown was having their herb festival, lots of people and crafts. I know about the fascinating history of these ghost towns and tried to visualize what life must have been like during that era. A tale of two trails. This was our first cold weather (48 degrees) ride and we learned plenty. Trail runs along creek with gorgeous views of the area. As it is with an out and back, I had to pay the piper on the return trip. I've ridden Dilltown to Vintondale and Rexis a few different times which is a nice bike ride. There are many areas along the trail where they mine for coal and left behind reminders of this regions ""Coal Country"" history. It was good- we sat outside on the balcony. -Rich Ballash, Latrobe, PA 3-11-2013. We started in Dilltown where we stayed at the Dillweed Bed and Breakfast. Dilltown Tourism: Tripadvisor has 6 reviews of Dilltown Hotels, Attractions, and Restaurants making it your best Dilltown resource. Dilltown Access to the Ghost Town Trail, Route 403 North, Dilltown, PA Race Directors: Dan Pajak, Aly Pajak Click Here For Race Application Click Here To Register Online The first half of the Run For The Trail 7K will take place on quiet country roads with a couple of gently rolling hills before turning onto the Ghost Town Trail for the run to the finish. Miners Memorial. Loved it and will definitely go back to continue the great ride. Nothing hard but it's a nice workout, especially with 60 plus miles on your legs. The trail continued on Northward from Red Mill, but there was a pile of crushed limestone in the middle of the trail and it looked like that part wasn't as well maintained. Rode this trail by myself May 13th. The Ghost Town Trail winds 46 miles through Western Pennsylvania, passing through former coal mining towns and giving visitors a glimpse into the area’s rich industrial past. We rode the trail from Ebensburg to Saylor Park/Blacklick in the course of two July days of 16 miles each. Bring your camera along to capture the historical features and natural beauty that you’ll encounter during your visit: mountain streams, stands of rhododendrons, dozens of wildflower species, and riparian woodlands. Brige connecting the trail at Dilltown still not done. Heading towards Ebensburg, especially around Nanty Glo there are some enormous spoil piles from the mines as well as an abandoned abutment from a line that look like it went back into the mines. I remember watching the coal trains pass by on the very trail that I now enjoy bike riding. Not only do they serve pizza, but they make the best home-made pies; coconut creme seems to be their #1 seller. Funding Sources Funding for this project came from the PA DCNR, PennDOT, and the Rails-to-Trails Conservancy. I don’t know much about the Indiana and Blacklick Railroad that once steamed over this now walking and bicycling trail, but the Rails-to-Trails-Conservancy or a local heritage association can furnish that information. It is a beautiful crushed limestone trail. Get a FREE Rail Trails Guidebook when you become a Member with Rails-to-Trails Conservancy. Really good trail. The trailhead is located at the southwest side of the parking lot; head south on the spur, past the baseball field, and turn left onto the Ghost Town Trail. The trail is well maintained. He recommended Al's Pizza in Nanty Glo for dinner and said to not miss the Coconut cream homemade pie. grade, but the ride back down the hill is a real treat, coasting at a constant 10 to 12mph! Interestingly, the surface of this extension is crushed slag—the otherwise--unusable remnants of the iron smelting process. Thank you so much to the great people who build and maintain these trails for all of us to enjoy and exercise safely. At that location, two former railroad bridges had been washed away in a flood and not replaced. According to our gps, we climbed over 600 feet on our last ride. Less than 48 hours since a big rain storm and the trail was dry! We would have probably ridden another mile or two in, but the squall line approaching made it clear to me it was time to turn and head back. Yes, I've even done some ghost hunting lol. Dilltown is a nice oasis, with covered tables, potties, and a store. It was much easier on our return trip. While the railroad’s demise created many ghost towns, the reborn rail-trail has, in a fitting bookend to the region’s history, helped breathe new life into towns such as Ebensburg, with restaurants catering to the trail crowd. And then the most ghostly experience. I took photos of this area for a college photography class, and one of the other students thought my photos were of the volcanic national parks in Hawaii because they both look similar. It’s called the Ghost Town trail but I never encountered any ghosts, but if one is hanging around and a chance comes to talk with him-- do it! It’s one of Pennsylvania’s best-preserved iron blast furnaces and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. http://www.blacklickcreekwatershed.org/ The trail is pretty well supplied with benches, has a few potties, and the two new bridges are charming and fun to ride across. We also stopped by the Eliza Furnace which was very neat to see. I look forward to exploring the rest of the trail. We stopped by the AMD & ART park and enjoyed what they have done so far. Go 27.8 miles, and turn left onto S. Center St. (you’ll curve left at S. Locust St. to stay on S. Center St.). Trail services: have never seen so many nice restrooms....located every few miles, and some had picnic areas as well. A biker will see plenty of slag heaps that leach poison into the stream. The trip back was a breeze because you get the down hill for about 12 miles of easy peddling. It ends abruptly near Hwy 422. The trail surface is excellent. Can't wait to ride the whole thing. A whole string of ex-PRR mileposts remains in place between Dilltown and Vintondale, then it quits entirely from Vintondale to Nanty Glo. photo of my bike off of Ghost town trail near Dilltown trail head . Go 1.3 miles, and turn right into the parking lot at Saylor Park. The uphill grade from Vintondale to Nanty Glo is challenging at times for the mediocre rider and the weekend warrior. Phase III of the Ghost Town Trail construction was focused on a bend in Blacklick Creek west of Dilltown. Help defend and expand trails nationwide. It is also neat to see the Eliza furnace and remains of the buena vista furnace. We are currently waiting for Echo Bridge Company to complete the manufacture of two pre-fabricated bridges for the Ghost Town Trail. 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