Ghost Town Trail

photo: Surface Reclamation. A mine dump formerly occupied this area. Photo by Mary Shaw. Type: Rail Trail
Length: 36.00 miles
Loop Trail? No
Allowed Uses: Bicycling (on pavement)
Bicycling (off pavement)
Dogs - On leash
Pedestrian - Walking/Hiking/Running
Snow - Cross-country Skiing
Snow - Snowshoeing
Agency: City, Town, or County
Entry Fee? No
Parking Fee? No

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Location: Saylor Park (Blacklick) to Ebensburg
States: Pennsylvania
Counties: Indiana, Cambria
Latitude: 40.47475   Longitude: -79.19195

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The Ghost Town Trail is a rails-to-trails facility located in Cambria and Indiana Counties in south central Pennsylvania. Opened for public use in 1994, the trail is 24 miles long and presently extends from Dilltown in Indiana County to Ebensburg in Cambria County. Following the South Branch and Main Stem of the Blacklick Creek, the packed crushed limestone trail passes through several abandoned coal towns or "ghost towns" from the early 20th century coal industry. There is also a four-mile branch, known as the Rexis Branch, which follows the North Branch of the Blacklick Creek, from Vintondale to the White Mill Station at PA Route 422. Over the eight years the trail has been open, more than 75,000 annual users have enjoyed the sights, sounds, and beauty of the Ghost Town Trail while hiking, biking, or cross country skiing during every season of the year.

Additional Details

Width: 120 inches.
Primary Surface: Crushed rock, compacted
Secondary Surface: None
Average Grade: 1%
Elevation Low Point: 980
Elevation High Point: 200
Year Designated: 2003

Contact Information

For more information and current conditions, contact the trail manager (listed below). For questions, suggestions, and corrections to information listed on the website, contact American Trails.

Park Ranger:
Ed Patterson
Indiana County Parks & Trails
1128 Blue Spruce Road
Indiana , PA 15701
(724) 463-8636

Park Ranger:
Delores J. Columbus
Cambria County Conservation & Recreation Authority
401 Candlelight Dr.
Suite 234
Ebensburg , PA 15931
(814) 472-2110



Historical Mosaic. Photo by Mary Shaw.

Historical Mosaic. Photo by Mary Shaw.


Surface Reclamation. A mine dump formerly occupied this area. Photo by Mary Shaw.

Surface Reclamation. A mine dump formerly occupied this area. Photo by Mary Shaw.


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