The Ghost Town Trail was selected as one of the Best Hiking Trails in the United States by the editors of American Towns Media. The Ghost Town Trail was ranked 7th in the nation and it joins a list that includes national treasures such as the John Muir Trail in Yosemite National Park and the Continental Divide Trail. It was selected based on its unique historical features, and an outstanding amount of positive public sentiment and good reviews from trail users. We are proud to work together with Indiana County Parks and Trails to make this trail accessible to the public.
Cambria County Conservation and Recreation Authority Executive Director Cliff Kitner said, “This ranking of the Ghost Town Trail as one of America’s best hiking trails is a tremendous honor and this shows that the Ghost Town Trail is not only a regional asset but it is worthy of national recognition.”
The Ghost Town Trail is a 36-mile long ‘rails to trails’ that features natural beauty and fascinating historical features. The Ghost Town Trail derives its name from numerous mining towns that once existed along the railroad corridor and boasts The Eliza Furnace, in Vintondale, one of Pennsylvania’s best preserved iron furnaces.
The Cambria County Commissioners support the vision and work of the CCCRA. Commissioner Chernisky said, “This recognition did not happen by accident. The CCCRA does their due diligence to acquire, construct, and maintain our trails. This is an endorsement of the services they provide to Cambria County.”
The CCCRA will continue to work and provide sustainable recreational hiking, biking, walking and running trail experiences that connect citizens with the region’s assets to encourage an active, healthy lifestyle.
“Our trails improve our communities and this is great news about the Ghost Town Trail,” Commissioner Wissinger went on to say, “We need to get the word out and encourage our residents to enjoy one of the best hiking trails in our nation.”
Those interested can hike the entirety of the trail at the Ghost Town Trail Challenge on June 17, 2017 as part of the 2017 Cambria County Trails Series. For more information about The Ghost Town Trail and trailhead locations, visit www.cambriaconservationrecreation.com or call (814) 472-2110.