Ghost Town Trail

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Despite its eerie name, there's nothing scary about the Ghost Town Trail. The trail is named for the numerous towns that were served by the Ebensburg & Blacklick Railroad, as well as the Cambria & Indiana Railroad. It winds through scenic Blacklick Creek watershed, from Ebensburg to Grafton, passing historical artifacts and offering opportunities to see a variety of wildlife. The trail, originally established in 1991, is a designated National Recreation Trail

If you hit the trail early enough, you're likely to encounter deer and more than a few chipmunks. Once the sun gets high, watch out for the occasional snake sunning itself on the warm pathway. A few interpretive signs along sections of the trail provide information about the mining towns, as well as some of the historical features. Mining slag and old railroad ties can be found at numerous points along the trail. Just west of Vintondale, you come to Eliza Furnace, on the National Register of Historic Places and one of Pennsylvania's best preserved iron blast furnaces.

East of Saylor Park, the trail passes a salvage yard of discarded rail cars. They make for a pleasant surprise, as the rusted hulks seem to bloom among the trees. In 2009 two beautiful bridges were installed to cross the Blacklick Creek west of Dilltown, one of the most popular trailheads along the route

Some portions run though game lands—wear orange during hunting season. Bring your camera along to capture the natural beauty and historical features that you'll encounter during your visit. At the west end of the trail in Saylor Park, follow signs to connect to the Hoodlebug Trail

Parking and Trail Access

On the eastern end of the trail, you can reach the Ebensburg trailhead from Altoona by taking Route 22 west to Ebensburg and then turning right (north) onto South Center Street. The street snakes left and then right. Before it veers right, you will see the trailhead and parking straight ahead.

On the western end of the trail, ample parking is available at Saylor Park (1284 Old Indiana Road) in Blairsville.



Reviews

A Fine Ride.

   June, 2014 by philanthus

June, 2104 My wife and I on our 40th anniversary had a wonderful weekend on two rail trails. We did the Ghost Town Trail from just W of Dilltown to the E terminus at Ebensburg and back. Going E first puts allows a downhill return trip, a good idea ...read more

Vintondale and beyond

   April, 2014 by gtbeamer

With a perfect day on tap, the Mrs. and I headed out to the trailhead in Vintondale with the bikes loaded up in the truck. We started off riding the spur trail that heads due north up to rt.422. It's uphill out of Vintondale. Good workout if you're looking ...read more

Walk don't run

   October, 2013 by giatinob

If you love to walk along trails, then the Ghost Town Trail is a must, and I sincerely mean a must! A former railroad line the serviced many small towns and the coal industry that once dominated the area. I don’t know much about the Indiana and Blacklick ...read more