Ghost Town Trail

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Trail Distance: 36 miles
Time Estimate: 15 hr +
Elevation Gain: 1505 feet
Leash Rule: On Leash
Difficulty: Moderate
Parking: Free
Route Type: Point-to-point
Restroom: Limited
Description

Many old railroads have been converted into hiking and bicycle trails, but not many of them can boast that they run through old ghost towns! The Ghost Town Trail is a 36-mile trail that runs through old coal-mining communities in Pennsylvania. That's where the trail gets its name, so you can rest easy knowing you and your pup don't need to be on the lookout for any ghosts!

Locals who regularly hike the Ghost Town Trail say that it's well-maintained. The surface is sometimes scraped, and as it's comprised of crushed gravel, that helps make for an easier hike. There are also a few different porta-potty stations along the trail for your convenience.

If you arrive early enough in the morning, you're likely to run into wildlife. While you won't see anything super crazy, like bears, you will probably encounter deer, snakes, and turkey. The trail is also a great spot for bird-watching, so if you have some time to spare, pick a good spot and settle down to see what you can catch sight of.

This trail is a point-to-point trail, and there are several different markers on the trail. These markers let you know where nearby access points are, but they're also a convenient guide for knowing how far you've traveled. 

Fido is welcome to join you on the trail! They'll need to be kept on their leash at all times, though, which is really for their own well-being. Parts of the trail are surrounded by dense woods, so if your pup ran off, there's no telling where they'd venture to. Waste disposal bags are not provided along the trail, and although it's very tempting to just forget about any messes made in the woods, please remember to bring your own bags and clean up after Fifi. No one wants to accidentally step in anything.

Trail Features
Loose Terrain, Rocky, River, Diverse Landscape
Wildflowers, Scenic
Cautions & Considerations
This trail is extremely long. While the trail itself isn't particularly hard, you should take special care to plan ahead and update people on where you are while hiking. Make sure you have plenty of water and a first-aid kit on hand.
Address
1284 Old Indiana Road
Blairsville, PA 15717
Hours
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Address
1284 Old Indiana Road
Blairsville, PA 15717
Hours
Mon Sunrise - Sunset
Tue Sunrise - Sunset
Wed Sunrise - Sunset
Thu Sunrise - Sunset
Fri Sunrise - Sunset
Sat Sunrise - Sunset
Sun Sunrise - Sunset