Roaring Run Natural Area: Roaring Run Trail is a 6.6 mile lightly trafficked out and back trail located near Champion, Pennsylvania that features a river and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, and snowshoeing and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.
dogs on leash
he trail is rated as moderate because of a gradual elevation change and numerous stream crossings. The Roaring Run Trail follows Roaring Run, which is a spring-fed mountain stream, from its source at the base of Laurel Ridge almost to its confluence with Indian Creek. The trail proceeds eastward from the trailhead. After about 0.25 miles, the trail meets the South Loop Trail. The Roaring Run Trail proceeds northeast from this trail junction and makes the first of many crossings of Roaring Run after about another mile. The trail crosses Roaring Run a total of twenty-eight times and also crosses several secondary streams. None of the crossings have bridges, but crossings are generally shallow enough that a hiker with proper footwear can just walk across. After 3.3 miles, the trail meets the Hillside Trail. Roaring Run itself is an archetype of a Pennsylvania mountain stream with beautiful small cascades, moss-covered sandstone boulders, hardwood forest and wildflowers. The trail can also be hiked east-to-west from the parking lot at the junction of the Roaring Run and Hillside Trails.
This is a very nice and suuuper lightly trafficked trail (for reference, I went on Labor Day and didn't see a single soul). Decent descent at the beginning, which makes the hike back a good bit tougher than the way out. The trail is maintained very well for the first mile or so, then tapers off to almost grown over towards the end -- only about a foot wide in some sections with a few fallen trees etc. Aside from the maintenance issues, though, I'd give it 5 stars. Nice trail if you want to get out there alone and the large rocks along the creek make for a nice spot to lounge around and read a book or have lunch.
Side note: The flies were VERY bad when I was there. Come prepared with bug spray if you're hiking during any of the hatches.
Lovely. Very scenic along the creek
Easy to moderate hike. I went in Mid-May after a bit of rain. You have to cross the creek quite a few times and some of the crossings were mid-calf deep. There were quite a few fallen trees to climb over as well. But overall, an enjoyable hike.
The area was beautiful, very remote and peaceful. Although it was difficult to get to it was a very enjoyable time. I took my dog with me, went swimming in the blue water hole. The trails were not marked but easy to read.
A nice trail, moderately maintained. A nice outting to spend the afternoon away from it all. The trail is closed to all but foot traffic, and not very populated at all. I happened across a few fishermen on my outting, but spent most of the day alone with the dog.
The trail crosses the Roarin Run creek several times, none of which are bridged. The rocky bed makes crossing easy, and provides a nice chance to stop and cool off with a few shallow pools that pets are sure to enjoy. My dog had to stop and strech out in every crossing.
The only downside is that some of the trail was not marked well, though the ground was worn enough to find one's way. I believe they are remarking it, though, as I saw signs of fresh paint at the time.
A great little get away, and one to find some peace and solitude back in nature.