Ghost Town Trail

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The Ghost Town Trail totals 36 miles in Indiana and Cambria Counties, Pennsylvania. The Ghost Town Trail gets its name from numerous mining towns that once existed along the railroad. Wehrum, the largest of the former towns, once had 230 houses, a hotel, a company store, jail, and bank. Warren Delano, uncle of President Franklin Roosevelt, developed the town. Other ghost towns include Bracken, Armerford, Lackawanna #3, Scott Glenn, Webster, Beulah, and Claghorn. There are few remnants of these former towns and most of the ghost towns are located on private property and are not open to the general public.

The trail totals 36 miles and is open to hiking, bicycling, and cross country skiing. The trail is open year-round and the packed limestone  is an ideal surface.

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Portions of the trail in both Indiana and Cambria County are located next to PA State Gamelands. Trail users should wear safety orange if using the trail during hunting seasons.

A one-mile ‘missing link’ in the trail is located just west of Dilltown. Two large bridges are missing and efforts are underway to complete this link. There is no bypass route around this missing link. From Blacklick (Saylor Park) to the bridge location is 12 miles. From Dilltown to Ebensburg is 20 miles.

Also along the trail is the Eliza Furnace. An old iron furnace dating back to 1845. This trail follows the Blacklick Creek.It is bright red because of the acid drainage from the coal mines. After passing Vintondale, the trail becomes less flat and starts to climb uphill.

Dillweed Bed & Breakfast

 The forest becomes thicker and the red water becomes a clear mountain stream with rapids and waterfalls.
Bicycle rentals are available at the Trailside Bicycle shop in Vintondale. In Dilltown, the Dillweed Bed & Breakfast and trail shop provides overnight accommodations and trail related items for sale. The Red Mill Resort, the Rexis Branch,also offers overnight accommodations. Motels, hotels and bed & breakfasts are located in Ebensburg, Johnstown, Indiana, and Blairsville. Camping is not permitted on the trail.

The Ghost Town Trail is easily accessed via Routes 119, 22, 403, 271, and 422. Saylor Park, one-mile off Route 119.Ebensburg, located along Routes 422 and 22. 

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Let us begin
Let us begin
Dillweed Bed & Breakfast
Dillweed Bed & Breakfast
Bridge under construction
Bridge under construction
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Old barn along the trail
Old barn along the trail
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Finally! A place to sit!
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