Blacklick Valley Natural
800 McFeaters Rd., Seward, PA 15954
40o 27' 42.410" N 78o 59' 40.925" W
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Although no detailed written history of the Native American
presence in the Blacklick Valley is available, it is likely
that members of the Shawnee and Delaware tribes used the
creek for fishing and transportation.
The first recorded owners of what is now the Parker Tract
of the BVNA was William Bracken who purchased 309 acres
from the Commonwealth of PA in 1786. At that time the land
was located in Westmoreland County; Indiana County was not
created until 1803. Since Bracken's purchase, the property
has changed hands many times. Most recently David and Penny
Russell, formerly of Dilltown, owned the property and generously
donated it to Indiana County Parks in 1995.
Read more about the natural area in our interpretive guide.
More extensive information about the site can be found
in the Great Natural Areas in Western Pennsylvania
by Steven Ostrander, published by Stackpole Books.
areas are set aside to protect both typical and unique plant
and animal communities and to protect outstanding examples
of natural interest and beauty. Facility development at
the site has been minimized to protect the site's natural
The natural area has three tracts. The Parker Tract, located
south of Blacklick Creek, encompasses 300 acres. A small
parking area and six miles of hiking and cross-country
skiing trails have been established. These trails
are shown on the site map (see below). The Caldwell and
Clarke Run Tracts form a contiguous 413 acre parcel, and
lie north of Blacklick Creek. These northern tracts are
undeveloped and do not contain established hiking trails.
The Ghost Town Trail bisects the property about one-half
mile east of Dilltown.
Hunting, camping and motorized vehicles are not permitted
in the natural area.
The BVNA is located 15 miles south of Indiana and 9 miles
north of Johnstown. The Parker Tract is located along McFeaters
Road, off Route 22 east of Armagh. A small parking area
is located at the end of McFeaters Road.
A directional map with written
directions is available.
A detailed map
of the natural area in PDF format is available. This is
a large file that may take several moments to appear on
your screen. The image may be difficult to read on the screen
but will clearly show all text and graphics when printed
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