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

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

8 Mile ride, Blacklick to Claghorn

   October, 2013 by gtbeamer

The Mrs and I rode 8 miles from the western terminus at Saylor Park in Blacklick to Claghorn yesterday. 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. The trail ...read more

Old Hometown Trail

   October, 2013 by t.younginger

I grew up near this trail, and for a good number of years, lived less than a mile from it. Its a great trail. Just recently I returned home to visit family and took my bike along for ride. It wasnt just nostalgic. Its still a great trail. I had been riding ...read more