Kelly's Run Loop Trail is a 3.7 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
3.7 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
616 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
2 days ago

Great trail! I felt the blue blazes were easy to spot and the trail was well marked. I did this trail on Friday Oct 19, 2018. Start at the parking area noted on the map, and work clockwise. The meadow portion is NOT boring - there is a great bio-diversity in the meadow. This path features woodlands, meadow, and mountainous streams. You will get into the water on this trail. You have to cross the water in a few places, so get your waterproof boots ready. Also recommend a stick / hiking pole as there are some pretty good hills that you'll be tackling. My dog loved this trail as well.

5 days ago

Beautiful hike but the way the trails are marked can be confusing

hiking
19 days ago

Great local trail off the beaten path. We’ve done many times with the kids and particularly nice on a warm, sunny day with plenty of water in the creek portion to cool off. The meadow/field half of the loop is a basic (aka boring) walk, so we prefer parking at pinnacle point and doing a loop that catches most of the creek portion of Kelly’s Run.

hiking
20 days ago

Loved this trail! Beautiful scenery and good exercise. We really enjoyed overlooking the dam and then walking down to the shore. Trail was slightly muddy from all the rain but still very passable. Would definitely do it again!

hiking
22 days ago

Did this trail today. Hike was great, but left my nice camera somewhere in the parking lot. Came back later and it was gone. Does anyone know know the best place to post lost&found items for Kelly's run? It was a Sony camera.

hiking
23 days ago

Markings are confusing and may lead you off track, do not go when it’s raining considering all the still water causing mosquitoes to linger.

1 month ago

Tree down on rhododendron trail right before Phites Eddy trail had us bushwhacking a bit but otherwise a great trail.

hiking
1 month ago

My absolute favorite trail. A little of everything... a meadow, a creek gorge, a gorgeous old bridge, views of the river and a dam... and more. Will keep going back

2 months ago

Small lovely waterfalls with water holes- large enough to relax during the hot summer months. Great area to hike/take pictures any season.

walking
2 months ago

Most of the trail was in the woods, but also had an open field which was really pretty. Awesome little pools of water from the creek flowing down to the river that was fun for my dogs to get in. Would hike again.

2 months ago

Love this hike. Second time doing it Nd we went backwards which made it so much nicer. Great for the whole family (fur babies too) and lots of water for hot days!

hiking
2 months ago

Great day hike. Enough to work up a sweat but enjoy a nice loop and some great views of the river along the way

hiking
2 months ago

This hike is really special. Just a beautiful walk along rocky hills, plunging (though small) waterfalls, and through lush forest and meadows. The “difficult” rating by the County Conservancy is probably accurate, but the trail is not too challenging; you probably want to be in decent shape if you expect to enjoy the entire loop, however. Lots of stream crossings and wet, slippery rocks, so bring proper footwear.

2 months ago

this is a great place to hike! I've gone here a couple of times with my family and had a great time every time!

3 months ago

This was one of our first hikes, we loved it, especially the multiple steam crossings!

3 months ago

This was a beautiful hike. It's a little challenging at spots around the creek. I would suggest going through the meadow first and then looping around to the creek especially if it is hot outside.

hiking
4 months ago

Second time on this trail. Got a bit confused at one point. A lot of different colored trail markets at a creek crossing. Needed to turn right instead of left.

4 months ago

Great trail. The terrain is moderately rugged in some spots. One trail marker was on a felled small tree by the stream and I missed it. Ended up on a dead end trail but backtracked and got going the right way. This is a must-hike trail!

hiking
4 months ago

A truly awesome trail on a beautiful day. We seriously underestimated the waterfalls and the stream, which were the gems of the hike. The simple beauty of the open spaces, fields of wild flowers really, added to the experience. A great day!

4 months ago

Mind blowing!!! Worth every second, I’ll be going back soon!!!

hiking
4 months ago

Awesome trail!! Your feet will get wet! Took about 1.5/2 hrs!! Muddy spots and some slippery rocks! Totally not a stroll in the park that’s what hiking is though!

4 months ago

Definitely a challenging trail but was awesome! Can’t wait to go back!

hiking
5 months ago

Awesome afternoon hike... will go back again. Very beautiful right along the water.

hiking
5 months 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.

hiking
5 months ago

One of my favorite spots. So beautiful.

hiking
5 months 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.

5 months ago

love doing this trail with my dog

6 months ago

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

6 months 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
6 months 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!

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