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Published by Jeremy . Last Updated on November 22, 2023.

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We've been on almost all of the bike trails in Pittsburgh , and have to admit, the Ghost Town Trail starting in Black Lick, PA (about an hour east of Pittsburgh) may be our favorite we've been to so far.

This trail covers 46 miles (~10 miles of which are on an extension trail) from Black Lick to Ebensburg. During our first visit, we hit up the first 25 miles of this route (turning around on the main trail in Nanty Glo) and saw so many beautiful sights.

As an added bonus, this trail was quite an easy ride!

Stunning Views on the Ghost Town Trail

Vintondale views

The Ghost Town Trail has a number of sights that you can see along its route, and below we wanted to summarize a few of our favorites in the first 25 miles that we rode.

As you depart Black Lick, you'll find the aptly named Black Lick Creek flowing alongside the bike trail for many, many miles. The beautiful creek flows gently along rocks and boulders and has a fairly strong orange tint to it due to the acid mine drainage that flows into it (as a result of the coal mining that took place nearby).

Ghost Town Trail Mural

The first several miles of this trail is almost entirely creek views. Along the way the trail has a clearing where you can look down onto the creek and also see a pretty Ghost Town Trail mural as well. 

Things gradually change as you get closer to Dilltown with even more scenic views, coal deposits, and passing through a spot where the rocks rise up high around you on both sides- make for an eerily dark and quiet spot (you'll know it when you see it, be sure to stop for a moment to listen to the lack of sound). 

Eliza Furnace in Vintondale

Continuing east you reach a split in the trail and veer right to stay on the main path through Vintondale. Here you'll see the remains of the Eliza iron furnace as well as a memorial to miners and a beautiful mosaic map of the town. After that you'll head uphill towards Nanty Glo and see some natural wetlands for acid mine drainage treatment and, as you go even higher, have views out over a creek with some rather large boulders in it as well.

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Quiet Path on the Ghost Town Trail

Like most rail trails in the area, the Ghost Town Trail is comprised of crushed limestone and gravel. For the most part the trail is relatively well maintained and apart from a tree root or large rock here or there it is a fairly easy-to-ride-on trail.

The thing that is most interesting about this trail is that it does not have rolling hills- it is simply one gradual hill. Heading east, at least on the 25 miles we rode starting from Black Lick, you are consistently working your way up. The first 20-miles or so are roughly 1% in grade, and the next 4-5 miles into Nanty Glo was a bit steeper (I'd be shocked if it was more than 2-3%). 

River Views near Nanty Glo

On one hand, you can look at this and think it sounds awful. But when biking it, we felt like it helped keep us in a groove because there was never any real dreaded hill we had to climb at any point other than the incline around miles 20-24. But on the other hand, you can look at it from the reverse as the ride  back to Black Lick is almost entirely downhill.

This is most noticeable in the larger grade around mile markers 20-24, and of course, if you take a 50-mile ride like we did 1% down, at times, can still be a struggle. But what we really like about this trail is that it is a good one for those who want to push themselves for a new distance record. Just keep going up a bit further, and the return trip will be much, much easier compared to others nearby (again, still a challenge due to distance, but easier).

Biking on the Ghost Town Trail

For those who do not want to tackle the 2-3% grade hill, we'd recommend turning around just after Vintondale (a mile or two past the Eliza Furnace). This is just a few miles after the fork in the trail where you veer right to stay on the main path (when we return, we'll check out the extension trail to the left). 

Overall, riding on the Ghost Town Trail is simply fun. It is a fairly steady up the entire way eastbound, but this helps makes the ride much, much easier on the return. Throw in the stellar views and you have a trail and you can see why this one may be our favorite yet!

The Ghost Town Trail starts in Black Lick, PA, at Saylor Park located at 1284 Old Indiana Road. The park is also the terminus for the nearby Hoodlebug Trail (10 miles) which runs to Indiana, PA. A few shops are located along the trail, most notably in Diltown where a B&B is also present. Several public toilets were also found along the trail as well.

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  • The Ghost Town Trail totals 44 miles in length over three branches.
  •  There are extensive climbs, however all grades are less than 3%.
  • This is a designated National Recreation Trail.
  • Two iron furnaces, other historical structures and numerous interpretive markers are along the trail.
  • Several exquisite bridges to check out along the way!

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As it climbs the western slope of the Allegheny Front, the Ghost Town Trail totals 44 miles in length. There is a:

  •  32-mile main stem from Blacklick to Ebensburg.
  • 12-mile C&I extension includes:
  • 4-mile Rexis Branch from Vintondale to U.S. 422.
  • 8-mile Stritty's Way from U.S. 422 to Expedite Road.

The GTT has a crushed limestone surface. At Vintondale, the trail divides and follows two branches of Blacklick Creek.

The Dilltown Access Area of the Ghost Town Trail is located on Route 403 one mile north of Route 22. Google map directions are incorrect.

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  • Portions of the Gost Town Trail involve extensive climbs, however, all grades are less than 3%.
  • Users cross underneath US 422 to connect between the Rexis and C&I branches.

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Black Lick to Ebensburg & Rexis Branch Distance:  36 miles Surface:  Hard-packed limestone dust

The Ghost Town Trail is located in the heart of west-central Pennsylvania.  The trail roughly parallels Route 22 in an east-west direction.  From the west, the nearest trail access is at Saylor Park in Blacklick, Pennsylvania, where it connects to the Hoodlebug Trail – from the east the nearest trail access is Ebensburg, Pennsylvania.

The trail is located 15 miles south of Indiana, Pennsylvania and totals 36 miles in Indiana and Cambria Counties, Pennsylvania.  It is constructed of finely packed limestone dust placed on a former railroad grade.  The trail is generally flat with a few sections having grades of up to 3%.  Trail sections with the steepest grades include portions of the Black Lick to Heshbon; Vintondale to Twin Rocks; and Nanty Glo to Ebensburg.

Mile markers and directional signs located along the trail will assist you in knowing where you are at and how far it is to the next access area or attraction.  Interpretive signs and historical markers are located throughout the trail to help educate and inform you about the history of the area.

The Ghost Town Trail derives its name from numerous mining towns that once existed along the railroad corridor.  Wehrum, the largest of the former towns, once had 230 houses, a hotel 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, Beula, and Claghorn.  Eliza Furnace, one of Pennsylvania's best preserved iron furnaces, is located along the trail. This unique relic of the Blacklick Valley's early industrial era is on the National Register of Historic Places. Historical markers along the trail provide interpretive information about the Blacklick Valley's intriguing history.

In 1991 the Kovalchick Salvage Company donated twelve miles of the former Blacklick and Ebensburg Railroad to Indiana County Parks. The railroad corridor has been recycled into a popular rails-to-trails project known as the Ghost Town Trail. In 1993 the Cambria & Indiana Railroad donated an additional four miles of railroad line from Rexis to White Mill Station known as the Rexis Branch. Access points: Saylor Park; Heshbon; Dilltown; Wehrum; Vintondale, Rexis; Red Mill; Twin Rocks; Nanty Glo; and Ebensburg -- In 1991, the Kovalchick Salvage Company donated sixteen miles of the former Blacklick and Ebensburg Railroad to Indiana County Parks. The railroad corridor has been recycled into a popular rails-to-trails project known as the Ghost Town Trail. In 1993, the Cambria & Indiana Railroad donated an additional four miles of railroad line from Rexis to White Mill Station known as the Rexis Branch. In 2005, an additional 20 miles were added to the trail - 12 miles in Indiana County and 8 miles in Cambria County. The trail is designated as a National Recreation Trail by the U.S. Department of the Interior.

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A glimpse of the early 1900s as the rail trail passes through several abandoned coal mining towns.

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The Ghost Town Trail extends for 20 miles on an abandoned Conrail line in the Blacklick Creek Valley of Pennsylvania, from Dilltown, in Indiana County, to Ebensburg, in Cambria County. The Rexis Branch of the trail follows the abandoned Cambria & Indiana Railroad for an additional 4 miles along the north branch of Blacklick Creek from Rexis to White Mill Station adjacent to US 422.

Much of the right-of-way was donated as a public trail by Kovalchick Salvage Company of Indiana, PA and Cambria & Indiana Railroad. The primary uses of the trail are cycling, walking, and cross-country skiing. There are bicycle-rentals in Dilltown, Vintondale and Nanty Glo. Crosscountry ski rentals are also available. In Indiana County the trail is operated by Indiana County Parks while in Cambria County the operator is the Cambria County Conservation & Recreation Authority. The trail will remain in public ownership for the benefit of future generations.

The Ghost Town Trail derives its name from the once-thriving towns of Wehrum and Bracken, dismantled in the early 1930s. Today only one of an estimated 250 original mining-era houses remains in Wehrum, across the state road from the former site of the hotel and the remains of the bank vault. All of Wehrum is on private property and is not open to the public. Bracken was located in what is now State Gameland #79, between Vintondale and Twin Rocks. A detailed history of the area can be found in Delano's Domain: A History of Warren Delano's Mining Towns of Vintondale, Wehrurn and Claghorn, by Denise Dusza Weber.

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Eliza Furnace, preserved along the trail, was constructed in 1845 and 1846

The Eliza Furnace, midway on the trail, is on the National Register of Historic Sites. Operating from 1846 to 1849, this is one of the best-preserved hot blast iron furnaces located in Pennsylvania. Now leased to Indiana County Parks by the Cambria County Historical Society, Eliza's Sesquicentennial was celebrated in August/September 1996. Eliza Furnace was constructed in 1845 and 1846. At its peak, the furnace employed over 90 people and utilized 45 mules to produce about 1,080 tons of iron a year. Despite its early closing, Eliza Furnace helped bring the industrial revolution to the Blacklick Valley.

Construction of a bridge at Red Mill was completed in 1999 and Access Areas at Rexis, White Mill, Twin Rocks, and Nanty Glo were constructed. A Master Plan for The Eliza Furnace Historic Site has been published to guide development of this major feature along the trail. As additional railroad corridors become available the trail will continue to develop. You can help to promote the Ghost Town Trail and other rail-trails in the area by using the application in this brochure to join and support the Cambria & Indiana Trail Council.

When the bridge over this branch of Blacklick Creek was reconstructed, the work included provisions for the trail to share the creek bed with the creek. The trail currently ends here, but plans call for extension north and east, eventually swinging back to create a loop

An economic impact study of the trail was completed in October 1996 by interns from the Southwestern Pennsylvania Heritage Preservation Commission and the Penn State School of Forest Resources. The trail is having a definite economic impact in the region. Average daily expenditures for the resident visitors was $4.33 per day while non-residents spent $9.28 daily. Estimated attendance during the May to October study period was 66,000 visitors, of which 23% came from areas outside of Cambria and Indiana Counties. Overall economic impact of the trail during the study period amounted to $362,000 (From Covering Our Tracks, Winter 1997).

Historical Mosaic; photo by Mary Shaw

Historical Mosaic; photo by Mary Shaw

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Ghost Town Trail has access points in Saylor Park, Heshbon, Dilltown, Wehrum, Vintondale, Twin Rocks, Nanty Glo, and Ebensburg. Each features different accommodations; for addresses and more information, see below.

  • Saylor Park - 1284 Old Indiana Road, Blairsville, PA 15717 - Parking, restroom in season, picnic facilities, nearby walking path and ballfields, park is operated by Burrell Township.
  • Heshbon - 10485 Route 259, Blairsville, PA 15717 - Parking, portable restroom in season.
  • Dilltown - 7452 Route 403, Dilltown, PA 15929 - Parking, restrooms, picnic facilities, nearby trail shop and bed & breakfast, water. The Dilltown Access Area of the Ghost Town Trail is located on Route 403 one mile north of Route 22. Google map directions are incorrect.
  • Wehrum - 2415 Wehrum Road, Vintondale, PA 15961 - Parking
  • Vintondale, Rexis - 1069 Main Street, Vintondale, PA 15961 - Parking, restroom at Eliza Station, picnic area, water.
  • Twin Rocks - 1397 Plank Road, Nanty Glo, PA 15943 - Parking
  • Nanty Glo - 1097 1st Street, Nanty Glo, PA 15943 - Parking, restroom in season at football field, local restaurants.
  • Ebensburg - 424 Prave Street, Ebensburg, PA 15931 - Parking, local restaurants.

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The Ghost Town Trail is a 36-mile long unpaved trail located in Indiana and Cambria Counties in Southwestern Pennsylvania. The trail was built along an abandoned railroad right-of-way. The route spans from Black Lick to Ebensburg and passes numerous small communities along the way. For much of the way, the trail runs alongside Black Lick Creek through a remote valley with of thick forests, wetlands and a smattering of farms.

The Ghost Town Trail is unpaved. The trail is open for non-motorized uses such as bike riding and walking. The trail has been improved with a surface of compacted crushed limestone.

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The Ghost Town Trail goes past the following communities: Black Lick, Dill Town, Wehrum, Vintondale, Twin Rocks, Nanty-Glo , and Ebensburg.

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The trail passes by a number of historical sites that represent the coal mining history of the area. Attractions along the trail incude the ghost town of Wehrum, an old coal mining town, the Eliza Furnace and the Buena Vista Furnace, historic stone furnaces used to produce pig iron.

The west end of the Ghost Town Trail is located at Saylor Park in Black Lick. At this location, trail users can connect to the Hoodlebug Trail and head north to Homer City, Lucerne Mines and the town of Indiana . The Ghost Town Trail heads to the east from Saylor Park.

The trail splits near Vintondale and one branch heads to the north and ends at Benjamin Franklin Highway near Belsano. The other branch continues to the east.

The east end of the trail is located in Ebensburg. There is parking near Center Street on the south side of town. The trail stops at Rowena Drive.

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Join Venture Outdoors for an adventure along a historic path, the Ghost Town Trail, spanning 46 miles across Indiana and Cambria Counties, Pennsylvania. This remarkable trail originated in 1991 through a generous donation of 16 miles of the former Ebensburg & Black Lick Railroad and derives its name from numerous mining towns that once existed along the railroad corridor. Notably, the Ghost Town Trail has earned the esteemed title of a National Recreation Trail, bestowed upon it by the U.S. Department of the Interior.

Venture Outdoors invites you to join us on a casually paced, 25 mile bike ride along a section of the Ghost Town Trail. Our journey will begin in Black Lick, meandering alongside the scenic Black Lick Creek, as we make our way to Dilltown. The return trip promises a gentle downhill slope (1% grade), providing a pleasant ride back. During the adventure, you’ll have a chance to explore the fascinating Buena Vista Furnace, a towering thirty-foot structure once responsible for producing up to 600 tons of iron annually, now a silent monument of the past. This is a well-maintained rail trail with a fine gravel surface suitable for road, gravel, hybrid and e-bikes.

As an added bonus, this trail seamlessly connects with the Hoodlebug Trail in Black Lick, offering you the option to enjoy some independent exploration before or after the main event. So, lace up your shoes and dust off your bike for an unforgettable day of history, nature, and camaraderie along the Ghost Town Trail. See you there!

Starting Location: Saylor Park – 1284 Old Indiana Rd, Black Lick, PA 15716

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Enjoy 4 car free days on this rail-trail ride.  With mostly flat and slightly downhill crushed limestone trails, this bike tour is designed for almost any level of rider.  The majority of this trip is spent pedaling along the scenic banks Pine Creek on the trail sharing the same name.  You will take in the views overlooking Pennsylvania’s Grand Canyon and even look down on the trail you are about to ride!

On the final day of the tour you will also experience pedaling on the Ghost Town Trail, rich in industrial history from earlier days of mining and iron/steel production. Lodging for this trip includes a night at the Nature Inn which was recently voted the #1 Eco-Lodge in the United States by readers of the USA Today.

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We have added an extra day to this tour for 2023 to add exploration and adventure to the shuttle from the meeting location to the start of the Pine Creek Trail in Wellsboro! The first stop is a 17-mile ride on the scenic Lower (rhymes with flower, and named in memory of trail benefactor R. Dean Lower) Trail near Williamsburg, Pennsylvania. This rail-trail runs alongside the Frankstown Branch of the Juniata River, and features a remote and woodsy feel. While traveling along the trail, you’ll see relics of the canal and railroad eras, including the historic Mt. Etna Iron plantation and abandoned stone quarries. There are many bridge crossings, and even one covered bridge, over the Juniata River and other tributaries.  After the ride, we will continue toward Wellsboro stopping at the overlook of the Grand Canyon of Pennsylvania. There will be time to explore this quaint town after we check into our lodging at Penn Wells Hotel for the evening.

Today we will be pedaling through the heart of the Pennsylvania Grand Canyon, tracing the scenic banks of Pine Creek along the aptly named Pine Creek Rail Trail. This captivating trail spans an impressive 62 miles, immersing you in a lush landscape teeming with diverse flora and fauna.  You will enjoy a night at The Hotel Manor in Slate Run, Pa. Get ready to soak in some seriously stunning views of Pine Creek.

The group will enjoy breakfast together and then depart from your hotel by bike. You have 27 more miles of the Pine Creek Rail Trail to pedal. Today’s ride ends at the trail terminus in Jersey Shore, PA.  Lunch will be served after the ride. From here it’s a short shuttle of approximately 30 minutes to your lodging for the night.  Tonight we stay and dine at The Nature Inn at Bald Eagle State Park. Those wishing to ride bikes on the park roads may do so. Or perhaps, an evening stroll might sound better. Relax and enjoy.

We will wake up to enjoy a delicious breakfast at the Nature Inn before taking the last shuttle of the tour to head over the Allegheny Front to the Ebensburg trail head. After a lovely two days on the Pine Creek trail, it’s time for the Ghost Town Rail Trail! You will enjoy 32 of the 42 total miles and 1,000-foot vertical drop over the length of the day.  The Ghost Town Trail is rich in industrial history from earlier days of mining and iron/steel production.  The crushed limestone trail winds through scenic Blacklick Creek watershed, from Ebensburg to Grafton, with opportunities to see a variety of wildlife. Enjoy your final ride! We will provide a shuttle back to guests’ vehicles at the conclusion of the tour.

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“Both trails were in great condition and the scenery on the Pine Creek was fantastic. Besides the kayakers and fly fishermen we saw deer, a box turtle, two snapping turtles, chickens wearing skirts (you need to see the photos to believe me) and bear. I continue to participate in these events first to bike and experience the trails but equally for meeting other riders. As always we had a fun group. As too, our tour guides, Richard and Gary, were great hosts. Thanks Wilderness Voyagers. Looking forward to my next event with you.” Harvey M. – Westminster, MD

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Combine this list of the most dangerous places in Idaho with our original list of the most dangerous cities , and you’ll have a relatively clear picture of places in the Gem State where the crime rate is higher than average. Of course, it’s important to remember that Idaho is still a wonderful place to live, and statistics aren’t always an accurate reflection of any given town. It’s also important to note that all statistics reported here were offered voluntarily and don’t take into account cities with populations under 2,000.

That being said, be sure to check out our most recent list of Idaho’s safest cities as well, and let us know whether you agree or disagree with the FBI’s report. And to end things on a positive note, let’s spend some time in the most charming small towns in Idaho .

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What are the most beautiful places to explore in Idaho?

Some of the most beautiful places to explore in Idaho include:

  • Idaho Botanical Garden
  • Darby Wind Cave
  • lakes of North Idaho
  • the Pulaski Tunnel Trail
  • Magruder Corridor

Just like every state, Idaho is home to some places that are considered more dangerous than others. And yet, that's certainly no reason to avoid visiting the Gem State. True to its nickname, Idaho is positively filled with gorgeous natural wonders that could impress just about everyone. In fact, we've put together a bucket list for exploring Idaho that will surely bring out the adventurer in you. At the top of our list is a trip to Black Magic Canyon. A fascinating and unique volcanic river canyon, this otherworldly destination is both a hiking trail and sculpture garden. It's only open to visitors during the spring and summer months, so be sure to plan your visit accordingly. Next up on our list would be a trip to Craters of the Moon. Layers of ancient geology and fascinating formations await you inside this beloved park. Check out our complete Idaho outdoor bucket list .

Does Idaho have any hidden gems?

You bet! Now that we've covered some of the state's most popular attractions, it's time to learn about some lesser-known spots throughout the state. Some of these destinations include Sportsman Park, the underwater ghost town of Roosevelt, Winchester Lake State Park, Owyhee Canyonlands, the town of Weiser, Lilly Lake in the Sawtooths, Salmon River Lodge Resort, Box Canyon Springs, Trail Creek Cabin, and Independence Point.

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  • South Foothill Road
  • 21 To Nip & Tuck
  • 4th of July Trail
  • 7 Mile Road
  • A Mile and a Half Road
  • Access Route to Idaho Centennial Trail
  • Alder Creek Loop at Chimney Gulch
  • Allen Canyon Pole Canyon Loop
  • Along The Edge
  • Antelope Bay Loop and Lucas Point
  • Antelope Bay Loop Northern Section
  • Appendicitis Hill Spur #5
  • Appendicitis Hill Spur 2
  • Appendicitis Hill WSA Loop
  • Appendicitis Hill WSA Spur #7
  • Arco Hills Road
  • Arco Pass Road to Wood Canyon
  • Arco Pass to Horsethief Canyon
  • Arco Pass to Horsethief Spur #3
  • Arco Pass to Horsethief Spur #5
  • Arco Pass to Horsethief Spur #6
  • Arco Pass to Hurst Canyon
  • Arco Pass to Iron Creek
  • Badger Mountain
  • Bald Mountain
  • Barber Flat
  • Barney Creek
  • Barney Hot Spring
  • Basin Butte Lookout Tower
  • Basin Creek
  • Basinger Canyon
  • Bear Valley to Lowman
  • Beason Meadow No. 228 (Part 1)
  • Beason Meadows 228 (Part 2)
  • Beason Meadows ATV
  • Beauty-Cedar (1575)
  • Beaver Ridge Lookout
  • Beaverland Pass to Hang Glider Launch
  • Beaverland Pass to Natural Arch
  • Bennett Mountain Byway
  • Big Hole Crest
  • Big Southern Butte
  • Big Timber Creek
  • Big Wood River - Harriman Trail Access
  • Birch Creek Free Area
  • Birch Creek Road 407
  • Birch Valley Charcoal Kilns
  • Bishop Mountain Road (20120)
  • Black Jack Harvey - 3592
  • Black Mountain - 004
  • Black Pine Canyon
  • Blaze Canyon to Windy Devil
  • Bliss High Country Scenic Track
  • BLM 3780 - Star Valley Ranch
  • Blue Creek (499)
  • Blue Heart Overlook and Access
  • Blue Ridge Views
  • Boise Ridge Road
  • Bone to Caribou Loop
  • Bone to Wolverine Brush Creek Run
  • Boss Canyon
  • Boulder Basin
  • Boulder Creek Left Trail
  • Boundary Point
  • Boundary Trail
  • Box Canyon Trailhead
  • Bremner Trail
  • Broken Wagon
  • Brown Creek/Downy Creek (207)
  • Buffalo River via Fish Creek
  • Bull Trout Lake
  • Burgdorf to French Creek
  • Burns Creek, Hell Hole, and Coalmine Access
  • Burns Trout Creek Trail
  • Butcher Knife Ridge to Hughes Creek
  • Buttar Springs Trail 7922
  • Butterfly Loop
  • C-46 Plane Crash Site
  • Callen To Whisky Creek Overlook
  • Canter Springs to Sand Basin Road
  • Canyon Fork
  • Cape Horn Creek Access
  • Cape Horn Frontage
  • Caribou City Trail #165
  • Caribou Mountain
  • Cascade Picnic
  • CDA Deception Creek
  • CDA-Hayden Lake View Route
  • Cedar Creek
  • Cedar Mountain
  • Chimney Gulch to Mammoth Canyon
  • China Basin Scenic Bypass
  • City of Rocks/Twin Sisters
  • Cliff Creek
  • Clifton Basin to Weston Peak ATV 7433 (Part 1)
  • Clifton Basin to Weston Peak ATV 7433 (Part 2)
  • Clifton Basin to Weston Peak Single Track - 7433
  • Collaboration
  • Continental Divide National Scenic Trail (20001) (Partial)
  • Cooper Pass Road to Burke Ghost Town
  • Cotterel Mountain Road
  • Cow Creek Shortcut
  • Cow Lane Bypass
  • Cranes Flat Cutoff
  • Cranky Gulch
  • Crear Creek
  • Crutcher's Crossing Cherrystem
  • Crutchers Crossing North
  • Crutchers Crossing South
  • Crystal Mountain
  • Custer Ghost Town
  • Dam Creek Divide ATV
  • Dam Ridge ATV
  • Dans Creek to Caribou Basin
  • Daveggio Creek
  • Davis Mtn. Loop
  • Dead Horse and Tea Kettle Caves with Connector
  • Deception Creek Circle
  • Deep Creek to Ruben Hollow 7440
  • Deep Creek/White Canyon
  • Deer Creek Dugouts
  • Dempsey Meadow
  • Double Headed Dragon
  • Doublespring Pass
  • Dry Gulch Access
  • Dugway Trail
  • Ear Creek Road
  • Easley Warm Springs
  • East 2200 North
  • East Declaration Trail #416
  • East Dry Pole Canyon
  • East Fork Dry Creek
  • East Fork Meadow Creek No. 224 (Part 1)
  • East Fork Meadow Creek No. 224 (Part 2)
  • East Slope of Old Baldy Peak
  • Echo Peak OHV
  • Echo Spur B
  • Eightmile Canyon
  • Electric Spring ATV
  • Elk Butte Lookout
  • Elk Meadow Trailhead
  • Elk Meadows - Packers Meadows
  • Elk Mountain Trail
  • Elk Ridge Mtn
  • Ermine Ridge
  • Excavation Gulch No. 27
  • Fall Creek Indian Creek
  • Fawn Spring
  • Featherville To Rocky Bar Ghost Town
  • Fence Line Trail
  • Fernan Saddle
  • Fish - Chick Creek Roads
  • Fish Creek Reservoir Access
  • Flat Rock of Potholes
  • Fleming Canyon
  • Foss Mountain
  • FR 024 - Fourth of July Creek
  • FR 025 - Adams Creek
  • FR 09 - Mann Creek
  • FR 306 - Iron Mountain Trail
  • FR 322 - Wolf/Monroe Creek
  • FR 573 - Hitt Creek
  • Franklin Basin-ID
  • Frenchman's Warm Creek Trail
  • Full Creek Crossing
  • Garner Canyon
  • German Dugway
  • Gibson Lakes
  • Gleason McAbee 334
  • Glenn's Grassy Ascent
  • Gold Fork Loop 393 (China Fork West Fork)
  • Goose Creek
  • Goose Creek Single Track
  • Graham Coal Connect
  • Graham Creek
  • Graham Ridge
  • Greenhorn - Imperial Connector
  • Grimes Pass Road
  • Gurley Saddle
  • Hammond Canyon Spur
  • Hammond Canyon To Appendicitis Hill
  • Hammond Canyon to Spur 7
  • Hammond Canyon to Timbered Dome
  • Hammond Kyle Divide
  • Hardtrigger Trail
  • Harris Creek Trail
  • Hayden Lake Divide
  • Heglar Canyon
  • Hell Roaring Trail
  • Hell's Canyon
  • High Line Trail
  • Hill 36 OHV - 3598
  • Horse Creek
  • Horse Creek Lower Section
  • Horse Haven Airfield
  • Horse Heaven Pass - NF 117/118
  • Horse Ridge Clop Clop
  • Horse Ridge Trail
  • Howard's Trail
  • Howe Peak Ridge
  • Idaho Centennial to Clover Three
  • Idaho Centennial to Echo Trail
  • Idaho Centennial Trail
  • Idaho Centennial Trail 7
  • Idaho City to Horseshoe Bend Road
  • Idaho Falls to Fall Creek Falls
  • Idaho Falls to Wolverine Canyon
  • Idaho Trail Sampler
  • Imperial Gulch
  • Independence Creek
  • Indian Hot Springs-Hagerman Route
  • Into The Salmon Forest
  • IWS Camp Trail
  • Jackass Loop Trail (FS 264)
  • Jaggles Canyon
  • James Creek
  • Jensen Forest Road
  • Jeru Creek Loop
  • Jewel Gulch
  • Jewel Gulch - 103
  • Joe's Gulch
  • Johnson Creek
  • Johnson's Vista Trail
  • Johnson/Lakeview
  • Johnson/Lakeview Rd. #278
  • July Creek Road (20303)
  • Kane Springs Road
  • Keg Springs (Forest Service 046)
  • Kelly Creek
  • King Mountain to King Border
  • Kinsey Creek ATV Trail
  • Kinsey Curran Connector
  • Klawa Creek Trail
  • Kleinschmidt Grade - NFD 105
  • Lake Elsie (2354)
  • Lake Elsie ATV
  • Lake Elsie Ridge ATV
  • Lake Mountain
  • Lake Pend Oreille Trails
  • Lamar Creek Road 25M (Rocky Ridge Yurt)
  • Leaton Gulch Up and Over Grouse Mountain
  • Leiberg Magee (422)
  • Leslie, ID, to Mackay
  • Lightning Creek
  • Lime Creek to Iron Mountain Lookout
  • Line Canyon
  • Little Bear
  • Little Beaver to Twister Trail
  • Little City of Rocks Access
  • Little Sand Mountain
  • Logger Springs Road
  • Lola Creek Trail
  • Lone Cabin Creek
  • Lost River Road to Blaze Canyon
  • Loughmiller
  • Lower Cub River Trail
  • Lower Dennis OHV - 3594
  • Lower Dry Gulch
  • Lower Sugarloaf
  • Lucky cr rd
  • Lucky Swede
  • Lucky Swede ATV
  • Mackay Mine Hill Bypass
  • Mackay Mine Hill Tour
  • Mahoney - Lodgepole Connector
  • Mahoney Butte
  • Mahoney Greenhorn
  • Mahoney Ridge
  • Maple Hollow
  • Marie Saddle (413)
  • Marsh Creek Scenic Trail
  • Matt's Gulch
  • McBride Creek and Jump Creek Road
  • Meadow Creek Road
  • Menan Butte to Market Lake
  • Middle Fork Little Timber Creek
  • Middle Fork North
  • Middle Fork Road
  • Middle Fork Shoshone Creek
  • Middle Fork Shoshone Creek Spur
  • Middle Rim to Overlook Camp
  • Middle Skills
  • Miners Creek (804)
  • Missouri Mine Trail
  • Moon Pass Road (Part 2)
  • Moores Gulch
  • Moose Creek Trailhead
  • Moscow Mountain Lookout
  • Mount Coeur d'Alene (439)
  • Mozier Peak
  • Mt Spokane via IEP Backroads
  • Mt. Margaret
  • Mud Springs
  • Muddy Cow Fields
  • Muddy Creek to Where Stuff Gets Real
  • Murphy, ID to Silver City, ID
  • Myrtle Creek 633
  • Nelson Ridge
  • NF-2550 (HooDoo)
  • Nicholas Ridge
  • North Antelope Flat Road (20168)
  • North Bear Creek
  • North Fork Coeur d'Alene River (209)
  • North Fork Deer Creek
  • North Fork River Road
  • North Rim - Jerome
  • North Weston Peak 7444
  • NR 019 - Bear Creek Saddle
  • O'Brien Camping on the Salmon River
  • Old Baldy Connector 7438
  • Old Highway Rd Loop
  • Old Stage Road - Salmon River Idaho
  • Oneida Narrows Reservoir
  • Oregon Gulch to Fox Peak
  • Oxford Peak Loop
  • Pack River Cruise
  • Packsaddle Lake
  • Palouse OHV Excavation Gulch - Akers
  • Panhandle Overland Rally Official Offroad Course
  • Panhandle Overland Rally Scenic Loop
  • Panhandle Overland Rally Welcome Trail
  • Panther Gulch - Imperial Connect
  • Paris Ice Cave
  • Park Fork-Lake Fork
  • Pat Canyon - 286
  • Peach-Cinnabar
  • Penn Trail, Cave Trail Loop
  • Pennal Gulch River Access
  • Petrified Watermelons
  • Pettit Lake and Dreamy Day Use Area
  • Pierce to Superior FS 250
  • Pilot Peak Lookout Tower
  • Pilot Peak/Summit Flat 380
  • Poison Flats Trail Exploring
  • Pole Canyon Road
  • Post Canyon
  • Power Line Access
  • Prairie Dog Lane
  • Presby Creek Trail
  • Quartz Creek 416
  • Rabbit Creek Road
  • Railroad Grade
  • Rash Canyon
  • Razorback Ridge
  • Red Ives Creek
  • Red Rock Pass Island Park
  • Red Warrior - Lodgepole
  • Red Warrior - Warfield Connector
  • Redfish and Little Redfish Lakes
  • Relay Ridge
  • Reynolds Creek Rim Overlook
  • Reynolds Creek Stage Road
  • River Access Tall Grass Loop
  • Robinson Trail Head
  • Rocky Canyon Road
  • Rocky Creek
  • Roller Coaster
  • Roman Nose Lake/Snow Creek
  • Rough Creek
  • Ruben Hollow to Davis Basin 7441
  • Ruben Hollow to Weston Peak 7443
  • Ruby Creek C
  • Saddle Camp
  • Sadorus Hill Road (20169)
  • Saint Joe Baldy
  • Salmon Creek T4800
  • Sawtell Peak
  • Sawtooth Mountain Views Loop
  • Scout Mountain
  • Shattuck Butte
  • Sheep Canyon 1
  • Sheep Canyon 2
  • Sheep Falls
  • Shoshone Ridge (602)
  • Sinker Creek
  • Skookum Saddle (434)
  • Skyline Drive
  • Skyline Ridge - Brockman FS 40075
  • Skyline Spur
  • Skyline Trail
  • Slab Pile Road (1727)
  • Slacks Mountain Trail
  • Slate Creek
  • Slate Creek To Robinsons Bar
  • Smitty's Lower
  • Smitty's Upper
  • Smokiest of Domes
  • Snake River Grassy Trail
  • South Antelope Flat Road (20553)
  • South Fork of the Salmon River Trail
  • South Hills Adventure Loop
  • Southern Lucas Point
  • Spades Connection
  • Spar Canyon
  • Springfield to Big Southern Butte
  • Spruce Summer Cabins Loop
  • Spur 25LM/25LL to Mountain Campsite
  • Spyglass (265)
  • St Anthony Sand Dunes-Egin Lake to Devils Dune
  • St. Anthony Sand Dunes Western Access
  • St. Joe Divide North
  • Standifer Road
  • Stanley Creek
  • State Line Ridge (7)
  • Stibnite Mine
  • Stinking Springs
  • Stock Draw/Old House Loop
  • Stockmans Driveway
  • Striped Peak ATV
  • Sturgeon Run
  • Sturgil Dennett
  • Sturgill Peak - Fire Lookout Tower
  • Summit Canyon
  • Sundance Mountain
  • Sunday Mine
  • Swami (More Difficult)
  • Swami (Part 2 Easier)
  • Swanholm Road
  • Sweet N Low
  • Taylor Canyon
  • Teepee Rocks via Trapper Creek (7010) and Flatiron (70680)
  • Ten Mile Creek Trail 531 (Hot Springs)
  • The Bird Road
  • The Magruder Corridor
  • Third Creek to Ruben Hollow 7445
  • Thorn Spring
  • Three Tree Butte No. 26
  • Timbered Dome - Hammond Spring Creek
  • Trail Creek Pass 408/208
  • Trail Hollow (Malad)
  • Trail Hollow to Maple Hollow
  • Trestle Creek Trail
  • Trinity Lakes Mountain Trail
  • Two Tops Canyon
  • Upper Dry Gulch
  • Upper Fivemile Road 7436
  • Upper Graves Creek
  • Upper Pahsimeroi River
  • Upper Slate Creek
  • Upper Sugarloaf
  • Valley Creek Bridge and Stanley Historic Museum
  • Valley Spur A
  • Van Camp trail 16
  • War Eagle Lookout Tower Trail
  • Warm Springs
  • Warm Springs Creek Trail
  • Washington Basin
  • Washington Lake
  • Waterhole Creek
  • West Bay Loop
  • West Berger Rim Overlook
  • West Cheese Burger
  • West End of Stateline Road
  • West Fork #863 Elk Creek
  • West Fork Eagle Creek (805)
  • Wheelbarrow Mine
  • Whiskey Creek Canyon Overlook
  • Whiskey Mountain Road
  • Whisky Slough Water Access
  • Whoop Um Up Trail
  • Wickahoney Stage Stop from Bruneau
  • Wild Horse Recreation Area to Bruneau Canyon Overlook
  • Willow Creek to Caribou Mountain FS#50018
  • Wilson Creek
  • Windy Devil - Horseshoe Canyon
  • Wolf Lodge 202
  • Wolftone - Curran
  • Wonderful Peak
  • Wood Canyon to Arco Pass
  • Yellow Belly Lake and Hiking Trails
  • Yellow Dog (513)

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The 13 Best Biking Trails in Montana

Vanessa Locampo

By Vanessa Locampo

With its wide open spaces and abundance of mountain ranges, Montana is a haven for biking enthusiasts. Whether you’d prefer a relaxing flat ride through the prairie or an adrenaline-spiking mountain bike trail that straddles the side of a cliff, there’s something in Montana for every kind of cyclist.

The best biking trails in Montana are found right across the state, with trails near major cities like Bozeman, Helena, and Missoula, as well as those nestled around smaller towns, such as Kalispell and Butte.

Many of Montana’s best biking trails are also ingrained in the state’s fascinating heritage, passing historically significant landmarks and connecting different communities. Keep reading for the best biking trails in Montana to ride until your heart’s content!

Best Biking Trails in Montana

  • Old Yellowstone Trail
  • Bangtail Divide
  • Great Northern Historical Trail
  • Beaver Ponds Trail
  • Bozeman to Bridger Mountains Trail
  • Helena Ridge
  • Bitterroot Trail
  • River’s Edge Trail
  • The Rattlesnake Loop
  • Gateway to Glacier Trail
  • Whitefish Trail
  • Riverfront Trail
  • Beardance Trail

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1. Old Yellowstone Trail

Stretching for 7.5 miles, the Old Yellowstone Trail begins south of Garrison, the location of a historic range ranch to the east of Helena , per Rails to Trails . Along the way, cyclists will cross three bridges over the Clark Fork River and get splendid views of the Flint Creek Range.

The area around the Clark Fork River is particularly well-known for wildlife, so this is a good place to slow down and try to spot birds, beavers, and even elk, deer, and moose.

The trail is set on the old Milwaukee Road, which extended from the Pacific Ocean to the Midwestern states for the majority of the 20 th century. There are plenty of benches and picnic tables scattered along the trail, along with vault toilets at the endpoints.

2. Bangtail Divide

If you’re looking for a long biking trail where you can spend the day under the Big Sky Country  sun, look no further than the Bangtail Divide in Bozeman .

This operates as an out-and-back trail but can also be shuttled, and stretched for approximately 20 miles. With more than 4,000 feet of elevation gains, the trail can be challenging for inexperienced cyclists.

DIY Mountain Bike explains that novice riders may have to walk at certain points on the trail, and are likely to complete it in a minimum of six hours. Meanwhile, intermediate riders will be able to finish the trail in around 4.5 hours.

It’s worth noting that the trail is open in the winter months , though it becomes narrow. Though the trail is challenging, it boasts incredible views of the Crazy Mountains , Bridger Canyon, and Bridger Ridge.

3. Great Northern Historical Trail

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The Great Northern Historical Trail will take you through miles of the remote, untouched landscape that Montana is famous for. Named for the Great Northern Railway of Northwestern Montana, this trail features 22 miles of conveniently paved track.

The trail begins at Kila, continuing past the Smith Lake Waterfowl Production Area until it crosses Ashley Creek.

It runs parallel to U.S. Highway 2, eventually reaching Kalispell and then Somers , which lies ahead of Flathead Lake . Along the journey, you will pass the Swan , Mission , Salish , and Whitefish Mountain Ranges.

If you do want to explore the trail in winter, it remains open for use and is a popular destination for snow sports, including Nordic skiing and snowshoeing.

4. Beaver Ponds Trail

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Want to traverse the Continental Divide ? The Beaver Ponds Trail near the mining town of Butte stretches for 6.25 miles over the Divide and Homestake Pass , and back again.

This tends to be a trail for advanced riders only, as it features plenty of steep ascents and narrow twists. The terrain can also be challenging, as there are sections where the ground is sandy, and others where it’s rocky.

However, if you do attempt the Beaver Ponds Trail, you’ll be rewarded with sublime views of the Montana skyline. All Trails recommends visiting this trail between May and October , and while this tends to be the busiest time, the trail rarely gets crowded.

5. Bozeman to Bridger Mountains Trail

Part of the Great American Rail Trail, the Bozeman to Bridger Mountains Trail is a short 2.1-mile bike trail that you can easily incorporate into a trip to Bozeman . Set in the idyllic Gallatin Valley, the trail begins at the College M parking area and continues to the Story Mill Community Park.

The trail is freshly paved, making for a comfortable ride, and features a gradual ascent as it passes rural homes and the MT 86. Be sure to look out for spectacular views of the Gallatin Mountains along the way.

Story Mill Community Park itself is home to a nature sanctuary that straddles the East Gallatin River. Here, you’ll find children’s play areas, fishing ponds, and tranquil gardens.

6. Mt. Helena Ridge

As you may have guessed from the name, Mt. Helena Ridge is situated in Helena . The trail is well-known for its brilliant views of the Helena Valley below and is part of the larger South Hill Trail Network. In total, the trail offers between five and 11 miles of riding.

To access the trail, you can either ride up the steep rocky track to reach the ridge, or you can take a community shuttle that leaves from the Women’s Mural. Its operating hours are Wednesday to Sunday from May through September.

The shuttle is free, but you can donate to the Trail Rider program or tip the driver if you’re happy with the service.

7. Bitterroot Trail

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Stretching across 51 miles, the Bitterroot Trail that runs between downtown Missoula and Angler’s Roost takes riders on a picturesque journey through the Bitterroot Valley.

Along the way, you’ll get views of the Bitterroot Mountains and the Sapphire Mountains . There are just 400 feet of elevation gain along the trail, so while long, the route isn’t overly challenging.

The trail provides the opportunity for several exciting pit stops, including near the small town of Lolo , where you’ll find Travelers’ Rest State Park —a campsite utilized by the Lewis and Clark Expedition .

You’ll also get the chance to stop at the Lee Metcalf National Wildlife Refuge a few miles outside the small town of Stevensville.

8. River’s Edge Trail

Another great option if you’re looking for a longer trail, the River’s Edge Trail in Great Falls features an array of sights.

The trail weaves through parks in the city, with 20 miles of it being conveniently paved. But other stretches of the trail are considerably more rustic as they travel through the prairie near Rainbow Dam.

As the name suggests, the River’s Edge trail runs along the Missouri River . Some sections wrap around cliff edges and are only suitable for advanced mountain bikers, while other sections are great for intermediate riders.

9. The Rattlesnake Loop

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Don’t let the name put you off this fantastic network of trails, which span more than 50 miles through the 60,000-acre Rattlesnake National Recreation Area .

Situated just outside of Missoula, the loop itself features 14.8 miles of challenging trail that snakes between trees and over elevations of 1,000 feet.

The main drawing point of the Rattlesnake Loop, other than the thrilling ride, is the range of amazing views you’ll get from the trail. Look out for sweeping vistas of Sawmill Gulch, Spring Gulch, and Curry Gulch.

10. Gateway to Glacier Trail

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Any outdoor activity in Montana brings the opportunity to spot some of the majestic wildlife the state is famous for. The Gateway to Glacier Trail is one of the best trails to ride if you’d like to view some native animals while you’re at it.

This asphalt trail runs for 12.6 miles from Hungry Horse to West Glacier in Flathead County. You’ll get pristine views of the mountains between Coram and West Glacier and will have the chance to see grizzly and brown bears on the side of the road.

For the best chance of spotting wildlife, ride in the early morning or in the evening.

11. Whitefish Trail

The Whitefish Trail is another biking trail in the close vicinity of Glacier National Park . It’s a single-track ride that stretches for around 30 miles and has a variety of route options, including the Swift Creek Trail and the Woods Lake Loop.

Visit Montana notes that the trail is located just outside downtown Whitefish and features stacked loops and scenic overlooks. Along with other cyclists, you will likely see hikers, walkers, runners, and horseback riders on the trail.

12. Riverfront Trail

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The Riverfront Trail is an exquisite way to see Missoula. The mostly flat trail features pavement and packed gravel as it weaves along the shores of the Clark Fork River.

Extending for 3.5 miles, the trail passes the Missoula Farmers’ Markets as well as the Carousel for Missoula before crossing the Orange Street Bridge.

You will also pass Clark Fork Natural Area and McCormick Park, both idyllic green spaces. As Trail Link explains, the Riverfront trail is part of a larger system of trails that bring together the east side of the valley, where the University of Montana campus is located, and the neighborhoods on the city’s western side.

13. Beardance Trail

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Tucked away in the mountain town of Kalispell, the Beardance Trail features a steep descent that makes it one of the more challenging biking trails in Montana.

There are man-made and rock obstacles present on the trail to make it even more thrilling for the adventure-seeking bike enthusiast.

It’s also possible to shuttle this trail, which was voted the fifth-best mountain bike trail in Montana . You may also run into hikers and dog walkers along the way, but it tends to be the most popular with experienced mountain bikers.

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Vanessa Locampo

Vanessa is an Australian-based freelance writer and editor with a BA in Creative Writing. She’s passionate about creating travel content that inspires her readers to take a leap of faith and power through their bucket lists. When she’s not writing (with her border collie asleep at her feet), she’s devouring books, exploring the world, or planning her next trip.

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  1. Ghost Town Trail Information

    Ghost Town Trail is a 46-mile National Recreation Trail in Indiana and Cambria Counties, Pennsylvania, that connects the former Ebensburg & Black Lick Railroad and the Rexis Branch. The trail offers scenic views, historic sites, and diverse wildlife and flora along its length. Find detailed trail maps, user survey, and interactive flipbook on the web page.

  2. The Ghost Town Trail May Be The Best Bike Trail in West PA

    This trail covers 46 miles (~10 miles of which are on an extension trail) from Black Lick to Ebensburg. During our first visit, we hit up the first 25 miles of this route (turning around on the main trail in Nanty Glo) and saw so many beautiful sights. As an added bonus, this trail was quite an easy ride! Stunning Views on the Ghost Town Trail

  3. Ghost Town Trail

    ID: 6016968 Activities: Bike Wheelchair Accessible Mountain Biking Walking Cross Country Skiing Go Unlimited Export to Trail Guide Create Guidebook Download GPX Print Friendly Map Quick Links: About this trail Trail reviews Parking access Trail Photos

  4. The Ghost Town Trail

    The Ghost Town Trail is a scenic and historic trail that connects the former coal-mining communities of Blacklick, Ebensburg, Vintondale, Rexis, Wehrum, Dilltown and Heshbon. The trail offers various amenities such as picnicking, fishing, camping and mixed surface sections, as well as stunning views of the Blacklick Creek valley and the Allegheny Front.

  5. Ghost Town Trail

    The Ghost Town Trail totals 44 miles in length over three branches. There are extensive climbs, however all grades are less than 3%. This is a designated National Recreation Trail. Two iron furnaces, other historical structures and numerous interpretive markers are along the trail. Several exquisite bridges to check out along the way!

  6. Ghost Town Trail, Pennsylvania

    › Ghost Town Trail Ghost Town Trail Easy • 4.6 (242) Armagh, Pennsylvania Photos (425) Directions Print/PDF map Length 32.3 miElevation gain 1,295 ftRoute type Point to point Explore this 32.3-mile point-to-point trail near Armagh, Pennsylvania. Generally considered an easy route, it takes an average of 9 h 58 min to complete.

  7. Ghost Town Trail

    Ghost Town Trail Difficulty: Unknown Length: 44.46 Miles County: Cambria, Indiana Trail Description A National Recreation Trail, the Ghost Town Trail is named for the numerous old mining towns along the corridor that were served by the Ebenburg & Backlick Railroad and Cambria & Indiana Railroad.

  8. Ghost Town Trail

    The trail is located 15 miles south of Indiana, Pennsylvania and totals 36 miles in Indiana and Cambria Counties, Pennsylvania. It is constructed of finely packed limestone dust placed on a former railroad grade. The trail is generally flat with a few sections having grades of up to 3%.

  9. Ghost Town Trail

    The Ghost Town Trail is a rail trail in Western Pennsylvania that runs 36 miles (58 km) between Black Lick, Indiana County, and Ebensburg, Cambria County. [1]

  10. Ghost Town National Recreation Trail, Pennsylvania

    The Ghost Town Trail derives its name from the once-thriving towns of Wehrum and Bracken, dismantled in the early 1930s. Today only one of an estimated 250 original mining-era houses remains in Wehrum, across the state road from the former site of the hotel and the remains of the bank vault. All of Wehrum is on private property and is not open ...

  11. Ghost Town Trail Directions

    The Dilltown Access Area of the Ghost Town Trail is located on Route 403 one mile north of Route 22. Google map directions are incorrect. Wehrum - 2415 Wehrum Road, Vintondale, PA 15961 - Parking Vintondale, Rexis - 1069 Main Street, Vintondale, PA 15961 - Parking, restroom at Eliza Station, picnic area, water.

  12. Ghost Town Trail Photos

    Fall colors on Ghost Town Trail. Uploaded: 10/17/2020. Have a wonderful ride today. Gentle slope, compact gravel trail. ... photo of my bike off of Ghost town trail near Dilltown trail head . Photo by:crbrcknl Ghost Town Trl miners exhibit. Uploaded: 9/21/2015. The bricks had names of miners that had died. The exhibit was near Vintondale

  13. Ghost Town Trail, Pennsylvania

    The Ghost Town Trail is a 36-mile long unpaved trail located in Indiana and Cambria Counties in Southwestern Pennsylvania. The trail was built along an abandoned railroad right-of-way. The route spans from Black Lick to Ebensburg and passes numerous small communities along the way. For much of the way, the trail runs alongside Black Lick Creek through a remote valley with of thick forests ...

  14. Ghost Town Bike Ride

    1:00 pm - 4:30 pm Cost: $15.00 Event Categories: Biking, Post Event Survey: Send Email Organizers Alyssa Crawford Sheri Dutter Ghost Town Bike Ride Join Venture Outdoors for an adventure along a historic path, the Ghost Town Trail, spanning 46 miles across Indiana and Cambria Counties,

  15. PDF Ghost Town, Hoodlebug & West Penn Trails

    Ghost Town Trail - Mileage Chart (approximate distances) Saylor Park Heshbon Buena Vista Dilltown Wehrum Rexis/Vintondale Twin Rocks Nanty Glo Ebensburg Dilltown 13 6 3 Wehrum 16 10 7 4 Rexis Vintondale 19 12 9 6 3 Saylor Park 6 9 13 16 19 22 24 32 Heshbon 6 3 6 10 12 16 18 25

  16. PDF Ghost Town, Hoodlebug & West Penn Trails

    Ghost Town Trail, Indiana County Hoodlebug Trail Indiana County Parks & Trails 1128 Blue Spruce Road Indiana, PA 15701 724/463-8636 website: www.indianacountyparks.org • Other Regional Trail Contacts Ghost Town Trail, Cambria County Cambria County Conservation & Recreation Authority 401 Candlelight Drive, Suite 234 Ebensburg, PA 15931 814/472 ...

  17. Ghost Town Trail

    The Ghost Town Trail is a wonderful example of extremes. This excellent trail is located in west central Pennsylvania just a few miles north of Johnstown. The route meanders through the peaceful Blacklick Creek valley, passing the remains of several abandoned mines and "ghost" towns. The trail surface, consisting of fine crushed limestone, is ...

  18. Ghost Town Trail C&I Extension , Pennsylvania

    Ghost Town Trail C&I Extension Easy • 4.6 (51) Vintondale, Pennsylvania Photos (107) Directions Print/PDF map Length 12.3 miElevation gain 754 ftRoute type Point to point Explore this 12.3-mile point-to-point trail near Vintondale, Pennsylvania. Generally considered an easy route, it takes an average of 4 h 1 min to complete.

  19. Pine Creek & Ghost Town Trail Bike Tour

    Pennsylvania Pine Creek Trail & Ghost Town Trail Bike Tour Explore Pennsylvania's Grand Canyon on this Rail -Trail Bike Tour! Enjoy 4 car free days on this rail-trail ride. With mostly flat and slightly downhill crushed limestone trails, this bike tour is designed for almost any level of rider.

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    3. Shoshone. J. Stephen Conn/Flickr. This tiny town in Southern Idaho is hiding a major secret: the highest crime rate in Idaho for violent crimes, with a 1 in 114 chance of being a victim, according to our FBI report. A close second was Garden City. And yet the region is known for a lot more.

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    Windy Devil - Horseshoe Canyon. Wolf Lodge 202. Wolftone - Curran. Wonderful Peak. Wood Canyon to Arco Pass. Worm Creek. Yellow Belly Lake and Hiking Trails. Yellow Dog (513) View GPS trail map, conditions, and difficulty of trails in Idaho.

  22. Latah Trail, Idaho

    Easy • 4.3 (76) Moscow, Idaho. Photos (61) Directions. Print/PDF map. Length 18.1 miElevation gain 557 ftRoute type Point to point. Get to know this 18.1-mile point-to-point trail near Moscow, Idaho. Generally considered an easy route, it takes an average of 5 h 59 min to complete. This is a popular trail for cross-country skiing, road biking ...

  23. The 13 Best Biking Trails in Montana

    1. Old Yellowstone Trail. Stretching for 7.5 miles, the Old Yellowstone Trail begins south of Garrison, the location of a historic range ranch to the east of Helena, per Rails to Trails.Along the way, cyclists will cross three bridges over the Clark Fork River and get splendid views of the Flint Creek Range.. The area around the Clark Fork River is particularly well-known for wildlife, so this ...