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Kelly's Run Loop Trail is a 3.7 mile heavily 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 are also able to use this trail.

Length 3.7 mi Elevation gain 616 ft Route type Loop
Dog friendly Kid friendly Hiking Mountain biking Nature trips Bird watching Running Forest River Views Waterfall Wild flowers Wildlife Blowdown Muddy Over grown Rocky
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Kellys Run Nature Preserve contains 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. Preserve information can be found at: https://www.lancasterconservancy.org/preserves/kellys-run/

Martic Township. No direct road access; property must be accessed by foot from PPLs Kellys Run Recreation Area. From Lancaster, follow PA Route 272 south to Truce Rd just north of Buck. Right on Truce Rd to Rawlinsville. Left on Drytown Rd, right on Old Holtwood Rd, then bear right at a fork into PPLs Holtwood Recreation Area. To access preserve, hike PPLs blue-blazed Kellys Run Recreation Trail. At second power line cut turn right, head down to bottom of hill, turn left and follow Kellys Run to the Conservancy sign on far side of the stream. This is the southeastern corner of the preserve.

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Suzi Sutton
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Dog friendly - well marked good trail.

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Tessa Miller
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Loved the creek portion. Definitely walk the trail counter-clockwise for the best experience. It’s easier to climb down into the valley via the rocks and to go uphill on the paved road on the way back than it would be to go down the paved road and climb up the rocks on the way back. Beautiful trail either way and well marked along the way. You have to cross sections of the creek sometimes so you may get your feet wet

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Heidi Schreiber-Pan
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the creek section is definitely a 5 star experience, otherwise more of a 3 to 4

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Beth Toler
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Michael Williamson
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Ryan Williams
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Beautiful trail. Moderate hike. But, seven year old could handle it fine. Mileage was more like 4.7 miles.

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Matt Canan
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Great!

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Anna Manalo
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Jeff Lehman
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Danny Juan
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I really enjoyed this hike. Some fall colors remained. Despite the parking lot being full, there weren't too many people while on the hike. I was pleasantly surprised. It is a moderate hike, but not too bad. Read a review that said to do it counterclockwise. I agree! Probably my favorite hike in Lancaster county so far. Will definitely go back in the spring.

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Reid S.E.
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moderate to hard steam crossings rock climbing

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Trevor Medenwaldt
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Aaron McKee
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Ben Johnson
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Debbie Levin
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We went clockwise on the loop and glad we did! We could see the waterfalls as we approached them which was nice. Has to cross a stream several times using stepping stones so we were glad the water was low. Tried to find the Pinnacle Overview but the blazes for the Conestoga Trail from Kelly's Run Loop Trail were faint and very infrequent. Decided to backtrack to the loop trail and drive to the overlook. only a 5 minute drive from the main parking lot.

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Caroline Brennan
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Jeremy Zimmeman
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Robert Engels
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Nathan Vong
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nice trail stopped at pinnacle for great view

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Mark McKinney
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Zacharia Mozher
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Somewhat challenging, very fun and scenic, overall a great hike.

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Judy Seely
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Beginning was pretty tame, but then the hike along the water was challenging. Parts were hard with pups on leash. Beautiful hike!

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Phranc Ferguson
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Great hike! A little hit if everything, definitely recommend.

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Jessica Gearhart
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Tom Sercu
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Thao Tran
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Only almost died hiking uphill forever since I'm out of shape and haven't hiked in ages. But ofc felt invigorating once done. Would totes hike again.

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