Roaring Run Natural Area: McKenna Trail

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Roaring Run Natural Area: McKenna Trail is a 2.8 mile lightly trafficked point-to-point trail located near Somerset, PA that offers the chance to see wildlife and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

2.8 miles 170 feet Point to Point

dogs on leash




cross country skiing




over grown


The McKenna Trail is a 2.8-mile point-to-point trail in the Roaring Run Natural Area of Forbes State Forest near Donegal, PA. The trail is rated as moderate. The McKenna Trail is a trail from the Fire Tower Road access to Roaring Run Natural Area to other trails in the natural area, including the Hillside, North Loop, and Painter Rock trails. The trail follows the ridge above the Roaring Run valley. The trail passes through second and third-growth forest that is typical of the area. In some areas abandoned fields that are being reclaimed by the forest are visible. There are a few interesting sights, however. One old-growth oak tree still stands along the trail, and there are several distinctive boulders near the western end of the trail. The trail is rated as moderate because it is narrow and is overgrown in many places. Deadfall is also a possibility in the spring and after summer storms. The trail is in Pennsylvania's Laurel Highlands, so snow is likely in winter.

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