Roaring Run Ramble

Loop • 10.7 mi • 0 ft

This is a “must do” ride. The beauty of the Roaring Run Natural Area is reason enough to spin your tires through this incredible section of woods. As with most natural areas in Pennsylvania, Roaring Run was at one time a tract of land owned and used by logging companies. Evidence of man’s intervention on the landscape is obvious on the McKenna Trail as it traverses the ridge top. Old stone farm walls and young stands of third-growth forest are all that remain of what was once a pasture. Areas that were logged more recently show evidence of thick vegetation like black-berry bushes and younger saplings and seedlings that are reclaiming the land back to a mature forest. The Roaring Run headwaters are now protected within the boundaries of the 3,593 acre preserve, which also supports a healthy native brook trout stream. Although Roaring Run is not in pristine condition, its reclaimed natural beauty is a good demonstration of the state’s power to take great strides in preserving ecological areas for recreation. Highlights: classic 3-star ride with some of the finest singletrack in Pennsylvania; beautiful scenery aside the Roaring Run Natural Area; the eerie Nedrow cemetery. Tread: this is one of the finest singletrack rides in Pennsylvania, with some sections of doubletrack and dirt fire road.
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Activity Type: Mountain Biking
Nearby City: Somerset
Length: 10.7 total miles
Elevation Gain: Minimal
Trail Type: Loop/Lollipop
Skill Level: Aerobic: easy to moderate. Technical: easy.
Duration: 1 - 2 hours
Trailhead Elevation: 2,700 feet
Top Elevation: 3,020 feet
Local Contacts: Forbes State Forest; Pennsylvania State Forests 717-783-7941
Local Maps: USGS Seven Springs; Laurel Highlands Snowmobile Trail System map; DCNR Forbes State Forest map, Roaring Run Natural Area map
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