Roaring Run Trail

MODERATE 38 reviews

Roaring Run Trail is a 7.8 mile lightly trafficked loop trail located near Jones Mills, Pennsylvania that features a river and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, nature trips, and snowshoeing and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Distance: 7.8 miles Elevation Gain: 1,000 feet Route Type: Loop

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The 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.

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11 days ago

did this a couple weeks ago..started at the straight point in..about a mile in we were having trouble finding an easy spot to cross crick..once we did we decided to climb straight up the mountain to the left..lot of jaggers but was a great workout..once at top we checked the app and another trail also ran across the whole top of that mountain peak and came back to the one we started so we took that which added some miles..had to check at times the app bc this also shares with other trails and intersections but wasn’t an issue..we clocked 12 miles total in this park that day taking the outer most portions

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7 months ago

My dogs loved this trail, ran into no one for 5 miles. Some parts were pretty muddy, atleast 7 creek crossings, with lots of bugs in some places. Overall absolutely beautiful trail. Would recommend to anyone looking for a real hike were you get kind of wet & dirty. Loved this!

Did a 5 mile loop with my 4 year old. Pretty easy for a kid who is used to hiking. Not much to see in April, but the creek crossings were nice devergents.

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Sun Aug 05 2018

This trail was a water-loving dog’s paradise. Both my dogs played and cooled off in the numerous stream crossings. Make sure you wear waterproof boots or shoes, and I recommend long pants and plenty of bug spray. It was muddy in several areas but was truly a relaxing, easy and beautiful hike and the trail was easy to follow. We got there at 9:00 on a Saturday and did not encounter another person the entire time. I definitely will be returning to this trail with my dogs.

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Tue Jul 10 2018

We love this trail and have hiked it repeatedly. It's a lovely stream walk through lush foliage. Part of the fun is that the trail crisscrosses Roaring Run repeatedly. Like 25 times. If there has been rain, it may be difficult to remain dry-shod on a couple of the crossings. Take poles or grab a walking stick so you can balance on rocks and logs to cross. Download a map of the Roaring Run Natural Area so you can see the various parking options. Also, you can easily make this a loop by linking up with other trails you will see on the map. The Roaring Run Trail itself is not steep, but it is muddy and rocky in places. If you connect with other trails for a loop, there are some steeper bits as you climb out of the valley where the stream is. Avoid the Painter's Rock Trail out of the valley unless you want some serious hill climbing on a narrow, rocky, rarely used trail. In summer, long pants and insect repellent are strongly advised, as on any woodland trail in PA. If you access the trail from County Line Road, smaller kids can do the first part of this hike, but they will get wet, because why not? When they get tired, turn around and go back. You have to walk in a ways to get to the stream. Maybe half a mile? But then it's a stream walk all the way up the trail until you intersect the Hillside Trail at the head of the valley. Big happy water-loving dogs will be in heaven.

hiking
Sat Mar 31 2018

A pleasant trail with moderate rocky terrain and hills. It is quite wet as it is part of a large watershed are. Pay attention to the route since the Makenna Trail intersects and joins it; you can go right past some of the turns if you’re not careful! The Mt. Hope School foundations and a Spring house were lovely caveats to the sights.

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Tue Mar 20 2018

First off I counted 36 stream crossings from the top of Roaring Run to the merger with Painted Rocks. Of these, 30 are not easy in Spring with snowmelt. So either go in Summer or bring waterproof boots. Wear pants. There are fields of thorny vines on most trails with some areas overgrown. This was in mid March. Otherwise I enjoyed the hike. Didn’t see anyone else.

hiking
Wed Jan 10 2018

Good series of trails you can piece together in this area. Did the about a 10 mile hike all together in December and it was difficult due to snow and multiple stream crossings but a great hike for those that like a bit more of a challenge. Plan to revisit in the spring and when i don't have to worry about dunking my foot in freezing water! Have waterproof boots or plan to get your feet wet.

hiking
Mon Sep 05 2016

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.

mountain biking
Mon May 30 2016

Lovely. Very scenic along the creek

Wed May 11 2016

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.

hiking
Wed Jul 17 2013

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.

hiking
Mon Aug 23 2010

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.

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