Bear Run Nature Reserve

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Trail Distance: 29 miles
Time Estimate: 50 min+
Elevation Gain: 600 feet
Leash Rule: On & Off Leash
Difficulty: Hard
Parking: Unknown
Route Type: Loop
Restroom: Unknown
Description

Bear Run Nature Reserve is a nature loving pup’s paradise. Sprawling across more than 5,000 acres, this beautiful patch of land draws hikers, backpackers, anglers, and hunters. Puptastic wilderness isn’t the only feature of this place; nestled in the southwest corner of the preserve is Frank Lloyd Wright’s notorious Fallingwater estate, which is now open for public tours for two legged visitors.

The trail system in the reserve is made of six loops that all start and end at the same trailhead. The shortest is just under a mile and the longest clocks in at 11.8 miles. Although numbered trail markers help keep hikers on course, it’s a good idea to bring a map along. If your pal wants to create their own route, use the connector trails to combine loops. Whether you and your pooch are just out for a day hike, or are backpacking for a night or two, you will absolutely love trekking through the thick forests of oak, maple, and beech trees. If you hike along the western border of the reserve, be prepared for breath taking vistas of the Youghiogheny River.

A wide variety of forest loving creatures call this place home, including 53 species of birds. While out on the trails, watch for signs of black bear or bobcat. Both of these critters are typically reclusive, but there is chance they may wander onto the trail. Keep your pooch close and be aware of your surroundings.

As always, be sure to bring plenty of water for both you and your furry friend. They’ll also appreciate a mid-hike snack, which is great since there are plenty of gorgeous spots for taking a break. Dog waste must be removed, so pack a couple clean up bags as well. Oh, and the best thing about this place? If your doggo is well behaved and under voice control, they can roam around leash free. That alone will make them bark for joy!

Trail Features
Forest, Mountains, Diverse Landscape, River
Scenic
Cautions & Considerations
Hunting is allowed in certain parts of the reserve. Double check what areas you need to avoid and take every precaution to keep your beloved pup safe.
Address
Fallingwater Rd and PA Rte 381
Mill Run, PA 15464
Hours
Mon Open 24 Hours
Tue Open 24 Hours
Wed Open 24 Hours
Thu Open 24 Hours
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Address
Fallingwater Rd and PA Rte 381
Mill Run, PA 15464
Hours
Mon Open 24 Hours
Tue Open 24 Hours
Wed Open 24 Hours
Thu Open 24 Hours
Fri Open 24 Hours
Sat Open 24 Hours
Sun Open 24 Hours