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Painter Rock Trail is a 5.1 mile lightly trafficked out and back trail located near Jones Mills, Pennsylvania that offers the chance to see wildlife and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking and snowshoeing and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Length 5.1 mi Elevation gain 1,233 ft Route type Out & Back
Dogs on leash Hiking Snowshoeing Forest Views Wildlife Blowdown Muddy Over grown Rocky
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The Painter Rock Trail intersects the Roaring Run and McKenna Trails and connects the upper and lower areas of Roaring Run Natural Area. The trail can only be accessed by hiking to it from the Roaring Run or McKenna Trail When approached from the Roaring Run Trail, Painter Rock Trail is a steep climb, and the trail is very rocky, making for difficult hiking. The scenery along the trail is worth the effort though: there are distinctive rock formations all along the trail, two of which provide views of the valley below.

Parking areas are available at the Roaring Run and McKenna Trailheads. There are no other facilities in Roaring Run Natural Area.

Forbes State Forest District Office: (724) 238-1200

Take I-76 (PA Turnpike) to Exit 91 (Donegal). Follow PA 31 West to Roaring Run Natural Area. For Roaring Run Trail Access: Take PA 31 West to Roaring Run Road. Bear left onto County Line Road. Roaring Run Trailhead parking is to the left off of County Line Road. For McKenna Trail Access: Take PA 31 West to Fire Tower Road. McKenna Trailhead parking is to the right off of Fire Tower Road.

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HikingBlowdownOver grownRocky

Even for October I found this to be more overgrown than was expecting and much was of the thorny kind. Had covered several of the other trails in the natural area earlier in the day which were pretty easy. In comparison this was certainly the most difficult. Definitely a steep climb up and very rocky throughout. Had done this coming down from top and then back up. The large rocky cliffs along the ridge were neat, but I did not notice or find any kind of actual view. Everything is blocked/covered by the trees so don't expect any kind of overlook on this.

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Amy Miller
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Hiking

Overgrown about .6 miles up the steep hill on the ridge. Still passable, good workout! Love Roaring Run

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G J
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HikingBugsOver grownRocky

Very nice, shady trail. Quite challenging uphill for a large period but not a lot of foot trafffic. Too buggy but still recommend!

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Kristin Funya
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Hiking

This trail is a little more than moderate! Definitely fun and pretty but the incline and elevation change is rough! Also, the rock outcrop is NOT at the end!!! About 3/4 of the way while climbing up very rocky terrain you will come to the outcrop. May need to do a second run of this one when I am in better shape!

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Tom O'Donnell
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Hiking

I hiked this trail as part of a long loop around the area. The trail is in good condition and clearly marked. Don't climb up to Painter Rocks expecting an overlook with a view since there isn't one. The Rock outcrop is interesting none the less. In winter with the leaves off you can get a partial view across Roaring Run to Birch Rock Hill on the other side. Near the top the trail is rocky and grown in with greenbrier.

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Mike Hall
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HikingMuddyRocky

Cool trail, but the river was hard to cross and stay dry since there was a storm the night before!

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Dane Dombrosky
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Beautiful snowy day!

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Jack M
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Hiking

I would rate this one as hard if you start from County Line Road. First, you cross Roaring Run, thoroughly soaking your feet. Then you climb about 900' in one mile. Worth it though, as the trail runs along the ridgetop, making for some great views.

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James Crosby
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Mountain biking

I'd give this a better rating because I use to love riding my mountain bike and horses here but some dipstick decided to make it off limits to anyone other than hikers. Now it's all overgrown.

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Scott P
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Coming up from the County Line TH, fairly step at first then a lot of rocks before leveling out near too.

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Nate Paul
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Dave Coyle
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Alan J
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Lori Fox
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Augie Mucci
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Lance Holton
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Brandon Riley
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Martin Cottrill
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Jamie Callen
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Daniel McGuiness
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Adam Henderson
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Fred Chenot
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