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 quarter mile you will come to another segment of the trail; it will be on your right as you are heading south.
Please note that the southern 1.5 miles of trail can get washed out and standing water may make it impassable.
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