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I would highly recommend this trail to anyone who is unfamiliar with gravel biking as a starter trail. The only problem this the trail can only be accessed by going through private property, a busy road, or steep hills. The trail is 5/5, but the entrances caused me to rate it 4/5.
Want to warn anyone who is considering this trial. Parts of it are in serious disrepair from washouts and soft spots. It has the potential to be beautiful but the rains have taken a toll on it, especially on the the Freeport end. Would like to try it again if they are able to get it repaired.
The Ghost Town Trail has grown and evolved over the years into one of the best trails in Pennsylvania. The key things riders should keep in mind for riding this trail is the mountain. I highly recommend heading west to east, up mountain first.
On Memorial Day 2019 I rode the newly opened portion of the trail, designated the C&I Extension, between Vintondale and the northern end of Nanty Glo. Parking in Vintondale and riding north and then east, the round-trip is just more than 30 miles.
I recommend parking in Vintondale and riding north to Route 422, going under the highway, following Vic Miller Road for a short distance and continuing the next eight miles back to toward Nanty-Glo along the trail. Most of the trail is a true railroad grade, so if you want to have a nice ride back to the end, definitely don't start at North Street and ride west and south.
The ride is quiet and serene. There isn't much to look at along the trail, you're in the woods along the first four miles, but the newly opened (as of 2018) portion from Vic Miller Road to North Street has some wide open areas. I would recommend this trip in the autumn, late September and early October is prime leaf season in this portion of the Laurel Highlands.
One note, there is limited parking at a trialhead along Vic Miller Road. At that trailhead, if you're using the "cycling" feature in Google Maps, it shows the trial continuing northwest. That is not the case, with no trespassing signs and a gate blocking the ATV path Google Maps is mistakenly showing as trail.
There are no services along the C&I spur, so pack and plan accordingly.
Overall, this portion of the Ghost Town Trail provides a quiet ride in the forest to escape to, but your legs will be sore the next day from the uphill portions.
June 2019 Ride: Trailhead signs installed, new barriers as well. Progressing nicely. Parked in the lot on Route 322 in Marianne. Lot holds 10 cars. There is a large parking sign out on 322. In the lot there is a mileage sign and little library. Heading North to Leeper, some new barriers at intersections. At mile 7 in Lucinda at the old train station there is another little library, parking lot for 20 cars, picnic table and new mileage sign. At mile 12 in Leeper there is a mileage sign, little library, picnic table and very large parking lot.
Trail is newly paved (2018) very nice asphalt. The mid section, a few miles before Luckinda, and after Lucinda, is old tar and chip and very loose gravel. Well marked with signs though.
All around nice ride from Marianne to Leeper, and back.
This trail was very nice as it was paved and then went to tar & chip. There were signs along the trail to warn riders of loose gravel. The trail goes through woods and then farm land. I would ride the trail again.
On a 2 day ride (June 2019), rode from East Brady to Brookville day 1, overnight in Brookville, and back day 2. Parked car in East Brady at Armstrong trail head parking area. The trail is through forest and in shade nearly the whole length with views of Red Bank river. A number of small cascading creeks along way. Many places to sit, with 6 beautiful pavilion/picnic tables. Well maintained surface of crushed gravel. A very small section (1000 feet near mm 21) is ballast and under construction which we partly walked. Ate at Zack's restaurant on the trail in New Bethlehem, great lunch, great strawberry-rhubarb pie. Bring water, only water available is in towns. A joy to ride this trail.
This trail is a hidden gem. My wife and I biked all 12 miles from Van to Fisherman's Cove. The entire trail is paved! The ride was smooth and enjoyable. The grade was barely perceptible. The Belmar Bridge is breathtaking and they did an amazing job with the Sandy Creek Tunnel. It is a tunnel in a tunnel to fix the water leakage and the path through the tunnel is smooth. Views of the creek and wildlife were abundant. Only downside was lack of bathrooms. The trail connects to Allegheny River Trail, another wonderful trail.
My wife and I did several sections of this absolutely wonderful trail. We biked from the Saltbox 9 miles down to the Native American God Rock and back, and also biked from Emlenton north to the Kenderdell Tunnel and back. We were surprised to discover that the trail is paved from the Saltbox to Emlenton. The scenery was great, the ride was great and the volunteer staff at the Saltbox was great.
I only have a couple of cons for the trail. Bathrooms are difficult to come by in some of the more remote sections of the trail. There are ample bathroom facilities close to Franklin, but few were available from the Rockland tunnel until you hit the Sandy Creek Trail. Another issue was finding parking areas between Emlenton and Sandy Creek.
The two tunnels were gorgeous, but the Rockland Tunnel needs some work due to water leakage into the tunnel.
Overall, we were pleasantly surprised at what a gem this trail turned out to be. We definitely plan on returning.
The trail resembles a gravel driveway, is well kept and in good shape. The listing on this site shows it at 1.0 miles long, but in reality it's only .65 miles. The trail may extend beyond the paving, but that's marked Private Property and is untreated and uneven ground.
I am new to biking so the trail from Slickville towards delmont was too steep for me. I am going to stick to the more level trails from now on.
Seems like overnight everything got green! Trail is well shaded and encircles Lake Wilhelm. All the restrooms are open. This state park also offers boat rentals. A great trail to enjoy time in the park.
This trail is fine. I prefer trails with more scenic/nature views. This trail cuts through Greensburg, so not a lot of nature going on. Had to cross a few busy roads.. and this trail does not have very much shade. Otherwise, it was fairly flat and it is a nice trail for those who live in the Greensburg area.
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