Open since 1989, the creek-side Indian Creek Valley Trail traces the route of the Indian creek Valley Railraod (ICVRR). Just north of Indian Head, you will come to a cluster of acid mine drainage remediation ponds, designed to filter pollutants and sediment from water that passes through the old mines. About midway along the way there are a number of recreational areas for picnicking and other outdoor activities. At about mile 4 the trail reaches the Melcroft Trestle, a pedestrian bridge that leads to a nearby park with picnic tables and restrooms.
The trail looks to end at a street crossing in Indian Head. There is another small park here, along with a small general store. If you wish to continue on the trail, cross the street and follow the gravel road on the other side. In about a mile you will come to another segment of the trail; it will be on your right as you are heading south.
Parking and Trail Access
To reach the Champion Trailhead, take the Pennsylvania Turnpike to Exit 91 for Donegal. From the toll plaza, turn left onto Route 31 East and travel 2 miles. Turn right at Sarnelli's Market on Routes 381 and 711. Go about 1 mile to another stop sign, just before the Star Market. Turn left here onto County Line Road. Less than 0.25 mile down County Line Road, cross a small bridge and you will see the trailhead marked.
Saltlick Township Municipal Building
P.O. Box 403
147 Municipal Building Road
Melcroft, PA 15462
The ICV Trail Jones Mills Extension and its North End
The ICV trail was one of the first rail-trails I rode back in 2008. The Jones Mills Extension had not been completed at that time, so with these short daylight hours, I thought it a good subject for a close trail only 22 miles from home. Yes, the two ...
Very pleasant ride
Another reviewer described the ride as "pleasant." That's exactly the word for it. The ride parallels the Indian River Creek, and is just nice. One note, the trail head off county road is easy to miss. It is directly across from the bank, immediately ...
A few hours on the ICV
"Found this delightful ride after joining a camping resort nearby. One of the nicest rides for its size I've done. Scenic, peaceful, and even well landscaped in spots. Above average! Would be nice to see it all the way to the river!"