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Roaring Run Natural Area

Average Rating:    (5 of 5)

No. of Reviews: 4

Many trails- well marked, riddein lots/ hard packed, singletrack/ old logging trails/ back roads, very scenic, trails for rookies and hard-core ri
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Latitude
40.56689384583017
Longitude
-79.5604133605957
Trail Directions
Near the summit of route 31 on Laurel Mountain. From Somerset/ on left; From Donegal/ on right. The trailhead parking is just 100 yards off of route 31.
Trail Length
40+miles
Trail Level
Trails for all skill levels
Trail Type
Singletrack & Fire Roads
City/County
Hidden Valley/ 7 Springs
   


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Reviews 1 - 4 (4 Reviews Total)

Review Date
April 20, 2007

Overall Rating
 5 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 5 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 5 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a week

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Reviewed by: drnich ,  Weekend Warrior

Summary:
These trails are now CLOSED to BIKES. Patrolled heavily by DCNR Rangers, so dont even think about it! This sucks 'caus my absolute favorite place to ride.



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Review Date
July 8, 2005

Overall Rating
 5 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 4 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 5 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a week

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Reviewed by: drnich ,  Weekend Warrior

Summary:
These trails are now all open as the downed trees noted in a prior review have been cleared. These trails have something for everyone.
Mckenna trail-fast, mostly smooth singletrack, some hills, a couple goat trails.few roller coaster like portions-my favorite trail.
Painter Rock-very technical extremely long rock gardens and steep technical downhill. Parts of the rock gardens are too technical for me and I do some walking/carrying.
Hillside-smooth singletrack.
Roaring Run trail-lots of water crossings.
South Loop-flat smooth singletrack, nice views.
Birch Rock-3/4 mile smoth uphill then past the lookout is a light freeride/mtb playground-lots of technical riding.
Tower trail-tight singletrack,few rock gardens and goat trails.
There is also a great trail leading from the trailhead on Painter Rock/Nedrow rd that leads to the valley of roaring run-very technical but rideable.

Recommended Route:
I like to start at Firetower trailhead. Take Mckenna to Nedrow rd to parking lot/trailhead and take singletrack at corner of trailhead. This takes you into the heart of RR nat area to the Roaring run trail. Make a left onto RR trail after crossing 2 small creeks at the bottom of hill. You will come to a dry streambed and make a R just after(tower trail). The first part of this trail is rocky and then some goat trails. Take this to end and loop back to the other portion of tower trail to firetower rd and make L. Take this rd a few hundred meters and make L onto hillside trail which will take you back to Mckenna and complete the loop. Approx 10 mile loop.



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Review Date
September 2, 2002

Overall Rating
 5 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a month

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Reviewed by: R.J. , from hagerstown,MD

Summary:
I've rode this trail one time and it was the best i've rode all year. Now me and some friends make plans on a monthly thing now. About the trail it starts out on a downhill approach through a rock garden about half a mile,then you run into roaring run trail. Then you go on a x/c setting which is very nice because of the stream crossings and other little things you do. The stream crossings are great but you have to be carefull of the deep spots. There's not that many log hops on the part we did but there is the rest of the trail. The upper half of the trail ,north loop trail is not ridable because of it being all grown up and you have to be carefull you don't get lost.So for the part we did do is very intersting and can be challanging.

Recommended Route:
I'd lke the trailhead starting at the nedrow road parking lot. You start on a little down hill and start on roaring run trail and when you get to the (T) in the road go left. Believe me you don't want the other way.



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Review Date
March 20, 2000

Overall Rating
 5 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a week

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Reviewed by: Levi , from Somerset, Pa, U.S.A.

Summary:
I got a handy dandy map @ Hidden Valley bike shop.
Besides trail head parking- one can follow Fire Tower Road and find trails running to and fro. Antother trailhead is located near Champion and you can ride from the lower elevations and upward. A favorite trail of mine is the Roaring Run trail which is not for first timers. I like riding the trail from North to South (downhill) as it crosses Roaring Run about 30 times. The South Loop is another favorite of mine- it is more tame and has some nice overlooks. There are so many trails that I haven't even explored. I reccomend getting a topo map to see whether you may end up farther in the woods than you think. Some places are way-back and elevation ranges from 1850 to +2900 feet. Happy Trails.

Recommended Route:
If I feel like a nice evening ride I'll take the trail from the parking lot to the top and ride the McKenna Trail. When I want a beating I explore the deep woods on the Roaring Run trail or the South Loop.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
Hidden Valley and Seven Springs provide great trails especially the North Woods territory of Hidden Valley.



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