Recreation

 

Hiking, Biking, Jogging, and Cross-Country Skiing

man walking on trailIndiana County Parks and Trails maintains three trails in the county. The Ghost Town Trail is a 36 mile abandoned railroad grade following the Blacklick Creek from the village of Blacklick to Ebensburg.  The Hoodlebug Trail extends 10 miles along an abandoned railroad grade from Indiana to Blairsville. Left in its natural state, the Blacklick Valley Natural Area has a six mile trail system in approximately 700 acres that straddle the Blacklick Creek.  For additional information, see the website at www.indianacountyparks.org. In addition, Duman Lake County Park, located in Cambria County, is also within the watershed.

Fishing

Yellow Creek State Park has a 720 acre lake ideal for fishing.  It is stocked with warm-water game fish. The park’s website can be found at http://www.dcnr.state.pa.us/stateparks/findapark/yellowcreek. The Fish and Boat Commission trout stocking streams include Brush Creek, Laurel Run, Little Yellow Creek, South Branch Twolick Creek, and Yellow Creek.  There are many streams that support brook trout populations. Duman Lake in Cambria County is a 21-acre impoundment stocked by the Commission. Their website is www.fish.state.pa.us.

silhouette of man inside of boat sailing on body of water during sunset

Boating

Boats with up to 20 horsepower are permitted on the 720 acre Yellow Creek State Park lake.  A boat rental in the day use are offers motor boats, canoes, paddle boats, pontoon boats and small sailboats.  The parks website is  http://www.dcnr.state.pa.us/stateparks/findapark/yellowcreek.

 

Hunting and Trapping

State Gamelands 79, 185, 273, and 276 are managed by the Pennsylvania Game Commission open to the public for hunting, trapping,
and fishing. Their website is www.pgc.state.pa.us.  

Nature Programs

photo of tree trunks during daytimeFriends of the Parks organization conducts an extensive series of nature programs. This is a volunteer non-profit organization dedicated to providing education programs in the Indiana County Parks and Yellow Creek State Park. 

Visit http://www.indianacountyparks.org/happenings/programsnewpage1.html for a schedule of programs.

Bird Watching

The Todd Bird Club was established to promote the appreciation and conservation of birding in Indiana, Armstrong, and Cambria counties.  The club holds field trips every Saturday during the spring and fall migrations.  Field trip destinations include Yellow Creek State Park, Crooked Creek Park, Pine Ridge County Park, Blue Spruce County Park. Blacklick Valley Natural Area and others.  See the Todd Bird Club website http://toddbirdclub.org for activities.