Indian Creek Valley Trail

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About the Trail

The Indian Creek Valley Trail is a walking and biking trail being constructed on the former railway of the Indian Creek Valley Railroad.  It is located in the Indian Creek Valley nestled between Laurel Hill and Chestnut Ridge in Pennsylvania’s Laurel Highlands region.  The trail passes through several small towns and villages before entering the Indian Creek gorge, and area of exceptional scenery and biodiversity.

History

The Indian Creek Valley Railroad was established in 1906 for Laurel Hill timbering operations.  By 1910, 22 miles of railroad were complete from the Jones Mills to the Youghiogheny River, passing through the small towns of Champion, Melcroft, Indian Head and Mill Run.  By this time, four passenger trains were running per day in addition to the freight trains carrying coal from local mines.  In 1969 the railroad was abandoned as timbering and deep mining declined and much of the coal that continued to be mined in the valley was transported by truck.

After abandonment by the railroad, Saltlick Township acquired ownership of the portion of the RR grade in their township, and MWA acquired the grade from Jones Mills to Champion and downstream from Indian Head approximately 2 miles.

Our goal is to develop the entire 22 miles of the former railroad into a bike, hike and ski trail, eventually crossing the Youghiogheny to join with the Great Allegheny Passage.

Visit

IMG_0462Currently, there are 10 miles of finished and 5 miles of unfinished trail.  The trail is open for four season use for activities including walking, biking, cross country skiing and snowshoeing.  Portions of the Saltlick Township section are plowed in the winter for walking.

For more information, download our trail map which shows trail accesses, parking areas, and amenities and provides a short discussion of each section of trail.  We are also accepting donations for our trail development fund.  Click here to donate.  Visit the Indian Creek Valley Trail website to learn more. Thank you.

Note: the Indian Creek Valley Trail between County Line Road and Indian Head is owned maintained by Saltlick Township.  For maintenance or other issues on this trail section please call (724) 455-2866.

To report hours spent volunteering on the Indian Creek Valley Trail please click here.