Kelly's Run Loop Trail

MODERATE 246 reviews

Kelly's Run Loop Trail is a 3.8 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Holtwood, Pennsylvania that features a waterfall and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from March until October. Dogs and horses are also able to use this trail.

DISTANCE
3.8 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
626 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Loop

dog friendly

kid friendly

birding

hiking

horseback riding

mountain biking

nature trips

trail running

walking

forest

river

views

waterfall

wild flowers

wildlife

blowdown

muddy

over grown

rocky

Kelly's Run Natural Area is a loop trail near the Susquehanna River. The trail is rocky and steep in some places but it is a beautiful hike with views of small but picturesque waterfalls.

hiking
9 days ago

The Mtn Laurel and Rhododendron are thick on the trail prior to descending the creek and in the creek area. If anyone can confirm those are in bloom yet this season of 2018 and when that was observed, I'd appreciate it. Am hoping to hike this when blooms are in full color. thanks.

11 days ago

Loved it! I felt I was in Costa Rica.

hiking
14 days ago

One of my favorite spots. So beautiful.

hiking
15 days ago

Was great to hike this trail before all the leaves returned onto the trees. Felt so different than when doing this hike in the summer. This time we had often brilliant views of the river, not obscured by the leaves. The river crossings were tricky since the water was high and covered many of the stones. Bring a walking pole for balance for these crossings, if you do not have good balance. Some of us went up to the Pinnacle and had great views of the river under threatening skies. Saw many hawks who played around with the wind gusts.

15 days ago

love doing this trail with my dog

27 days ago

Just completed this amazing trail for the first time. The water features were beautiful. Thought I was in a rainforest.

27 days ago

Loved this trail! Very well marked. Definitely go left at the beginning. You will be walking through water and mud so dress accordingly. Well worth it!

hiking
1 month ago

One of the most beautiful and peaceful hikes I have been on. Definitely go left! Loved hiking along the water and all the water crossings. We will definitely do this hike again!

hiking
1 month ago

Great varied trail with moderate hike and plenty to see. I did not take the trail to the left as suggested first. The trail to the right is a short hike down to the creek, crossing over the creek several times before coming to what looks like an abandoned road. Once you get to the top, the trail varies between wooded and grassy areas before getting back to the lot. Great day hike, beautiful scenery, and not overwhelming. It is a moderate hike and I wouldn't suggest bringing your pet unless they are used to a rugged terrain.

hiking
1 month ago

Fantastic little trail. Definitely go left at the beginning so you come up the little gorge instead of down it.

I did this in the winter and it was gorgeous!

1 month ago

Most beautiful & most difficult trail in the area. Love this hike!!

hiking
2 months ago

Tried this trail for the first time today and I loooved it! I definitely think the rating of moderate is appropriate. I would recommend starting on the left side as you really do get the more lackluster part of the trail out of the way. You’ll know when you find that magical part for sure! Definitely some tricky rocks and water crossings. I brought my dog but he became nervous about some of the climbs/crossings and I had to assist him. Overall I really enjoyed this hike and can’t wait to return!

hiking
2 months ago

Excellent trail. Varied terrain. Ill be back!

3 months ago

Great trail. Well marked and maintained.

hiking
3 months ago

Lovely trail! So many different birds, well marked, a few icy spots but not impassable. Started off to the left as recommended, I agree that’s the better way to start. Going that direction, the first couple miles are pretty easy, can do in casual shoes. Once you turn left and head away from the river at the old bridge, trail gets more technical and I was glad to be in my boots.

3 months ago

Well marked,a bit icy but what do you expect for January! Fun hike!

hiking
3 months ago

Just hiked this today (mid-January) and the trail was stunning! A little icy at parts but nothing too bad. Definitely one of the coolest trails in the area with a wide variety of scenery.

hiking
4 months ago

Loved it ! Just went there today (January) and it was absolutely beautiful. The water was frozen and there was some breathtaking views. I’m pretty sure we ended up not taking an actual trail, but that could be just because it’s off season and the main entrance was closed so we had to goin through a side entrance. I brought my medium sized dogs, and they didn’t seem to have any trouble with the trail either. Pinnacle Overlook was definitely the highlight of the trail. Would definitely recommend !

hiking
5 months ago

Just gorgeous down along the run. I agree with the other reviews, start the hike by going left.

hiking
6 months ago

Absolutely amazing! Like others have said before go to the left to start. We went in November and it was still beautiful!

7 months ago

Definitely start off to the left so you come up (for the second half of hike) through the glen. The glen is simply gorgeous.

7 months ago

This hike was BEAUTIFUL... One thing I would do differently is go to the left, if you're looking at the porta potties from the parking lot, instead of right and end with the more exciting part of the hike. It was such a nice day and took me about 3 hours to hike while taking a small rest and some pictures.

hiking
7 months ago

Good trails that are well marked. Me and friends branched out onto a neighboring trail to see a vista nearby but all in all it was a good hike with 2 Steve portions that only last for a few dozen meters. Overall quite nice. Low traffic too.

hiking
7 months ago

My friend and I learned the hard way to just go up and back the same way we came. The blazing were inconsistent... and we realized that the orange blazing that we were following originally was also used to mark the safety zone forbidding hunters. So we deviated from the actual trail quite a bit. Still a beautiful hike and we didn't mind getting lost, and we know what to look for next time.

trail running
7 months ago

One of my favorite go to hikes when I looking for somewhere challenging but doable in under 2 hrs! Trail running shoes with good traction are a must!

8 months ago

Great trail!

8 months ago

Love this trail. So beautiful walking along Kelly's Run.

hiking
8 months ago

Exceeded my expectations. The creek is really nice with some moderately technical rocky parts. I recommend adding the pinnacle overlook (orange trail) to add a nice view to your hike. Some parts are not well marked.

hiking
8 months ago

enjoyed it very much go left on the Blue trail to start it's a much better hike in my Opinion

hiking
8 months ago

Great trail. Combined it with a uphill hike to the Pinnacle with great views of the Susquehanna River. This makes it a circa 7 mile trail. Makes for a fantastic day out. Maps with the route are available in the Holtwood Park's parking lot.

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