Set in the wilderness of western Pennsylvania, the Roaring Run Trail is a puptastic choice for a peaceful nature hike with your furry best friend. This tranquil trail will take you and Fido on a 5-mile adventure along the Kiskiminetas River, beginning in the borough of Apollo and ending in the village of Edmon.
Enjoy a fairly level stroll on the first 3 miles of the trail, which follow the route of an old railroad and have a crushed limestone surface. However, be prepared to put those leg muscles to use on the last 2 miles, as you and your pooch will be climbing some steep inclines. Once you enter the final mile, you'll notice significant grade changes and that the trail surface has changed to tar and chip.
In addition to hardwoods, wildflowers, and water cascades, you and your pup will encounter various historical points of interest along the trail, including an old canal lock and the remnants of a towpath bridge. At the confluence of the Kiskiminetas River and Roaring Run, the trail connects to the shorter but equally scenic Rock Furnace Trail, a hilly spur featuring a wooden suspension bridge and the ruins of an iron furnace (hence its name).
The Roaring Run Trail welcomes hikers and bikers all year round, but note that if you decide to visit in the winter months, you'll be parking in an unmaintained lot. Regardless of time of year, four-legged visitors are required to stay on a leash, and their human companions are expected to clean up after them. As for human restrooms, these are only available at the Apollo trailhead, so be sure to take a bathroom break before setting off.
Don't forget to bring lunch and water so that you and your doggo can stay energized during your hike and have a truly pawsitive time on the Roaring Run Trail!
The Roaring Run Trail is located on property that allows hunting, so be sure to wear safety orange if you visit during hunting seasons. And because the trail runs through forest, you and Fido may encounter wild animals. Stay alert for bears!