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Hoodlebug Trail

Facilities | Directions | Trail Map | ADA Guidelines

History

The Hoodlebug Trail is a ten-mile recreation and commuter trail located in the central portion of Indiana County. The trail passes through residential, commercial, and natural settings, providing direct trail access to many local residents and employees of several schools, industries, and small businesses.

The trail follows the abandoned Indiana Branch of the Pennsylvania Railroad between the Homer City area and Indiana. Built in the 1850's, the Indiana Branch was the first railroad to be constructed in Indiana County. 'Hoodlebug' was the local nickname for the self-propelled passenger coach that ran on the line until 1940 (see photo). The corridor also was part of the Catawba Path, a Native American trail that extended from the Carolinas to upstate New York.

In March of 2007 the FMC plant, which is adjacent to the Hoodlebug Trail in Homer City, will close. The FMC site was the former home to one of the Prairie State Incubator Company's plants. The site involves some very interesting local history.

The Hoodlebug Trail is part of a large network of trails in western Pennsylvania known as the Trans Allegheny Trails network.

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Facilities

The Hoodlebug Trail is open year-round for non-motorized activities, including bicycling, hiking, and cross-country skiing.

Currently the trail extends for 10 miles from Indiana to south of Homer City. The trail now extends to the confluence of Black Lick Creek and Two Lick Creek (near Black Lick, PA). This extension was completed in 2005 as part of PennDOT's Route 119 widening project.

Access Location Services Available

Floodway Park Access

35 Kirk Avenue
Homer City, PA 15748

Parking, pavilion, & restrooms

IA Access (asphalt plant)

1940 Route 119 Hwy South
Homer City, PA 15748

Parking & portable seasonal restroom

IUP South Campus Access

135 University Drive
Indiana, PA 15701

Parking

Old Route 119 Access

145 Old US Hwy 119
Indiana, PA 15701

Parking

Red Barn Access

146 Booster Drive
Homer City, PA 15748

Parking

Saylor Park Access

1284 Old Indiana Road
Blairsville, PA 15717

Parking, restroom in season, picnic facilities, nearby walking path and ballfields, park is operated by Burrell Township.

 

Directions

Access points are available at four locations. A directional map with written directions to these locations is available here.

Trail Map

A detailed map of the trail in PDF format is available. This is a large file that may take several moments to appear on your screen. A map of the entire regional trail system is also now available.

Americans with Disabilites Act Guidelines

If you are mobility disabled and would like to use an electric mobility device on our trails please read our mobility device guidelines before you visit.

 

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