Ghost Town Trail
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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.
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.
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.