Roaring Run Trail, Apollo to Avonmore - Hiking, Bike Trail

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Quick Notes

  • Beautifully natural with interesting historical features.
  • Challenging grades at the Edmon end.
  • Mountain biking and hiking trails above Roaring Run Trail.
  • Roaring Run Trail shares a trailhead with the Apollo's Kiski Riverfront Trail.  





Roaring Run Trail

Short on length but long on natural beauty, this is one of the gems of the Trans Allegheny Trail system! It’s also two trails in one. The Roaring Run Trail flows for five miles up the Kiskiminetas River, while the Rock Furnace spur follows Roaring Run for 1.5 miles upstream. Both trails are naturally beautiful with extensive stands of wildflowers, stately hardwoods, and water cascades. Both also are historical: Roaring Run Trail sits along what once was the Main Line Canal and passes several canal traces, while Rock Furnace Trail features a wooden suspension bridge and the stone ruins of an iron furnace from which it got its name. 

Trail Description

Roaring Run Trail begins at a trailhead at the end of Canal Road and extends for five miles alongside the Kiskiminetas River. The initial three miles have a crushed limestone surface and are fairly level, while the final two miles involve some steep climbs. The final mile to the Edmon trailhead is tar-and-chip.

The Rock Furnace spur features a moderate grade over its 1.5 miles and has a tar-and-chip trail surface.


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Trail Challenges

  • Two miles of the Roaring Run Trail on the Edmon end feature some steep grades.
  • Beautiful views of cascading Roaring Run more than compensate for the moderate climb on the Rock Furnace spur.
  •  More than 15 miles of mountain biking and hiking trails are located on the hillside above the Roaring Run Trail.


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