The Hoodlebug Trail follows the path of the 1856-era Indiana Branch of the Pennsylvania Railroad, which ran from Blairsville north to the town of Indiana, Pa. “Hoodlebug” was the nickname for the self-propelled passenger coach that traveled on the line until 1940. The corridor has been important for many years: as part of a network of Native American trails, as a railroad branch line, and now as a trail used for recreation and commuting. Dense forest lines the much of the trail. The southern section, however, flanks a sound barrier wall by RT 56. South of Homer City, the last mile of trail parallels a creek and takes on a wilderness setting. The Hoodlebug Trail connects to the Ghost Town Trail in Black Lick. An eight mile on-road route from Black Lick through Blairsville connects to the West Penn Trail. A 122 page guidebook is now available for the Hoodlebug Trail. It can be purchased by going to www.indianacountyparks.org and clicking on the "Our Trails" tab.