Roaring Run Natural Area - Trail, Hidden Valley/ 7 Springs, Pennsylvania

Roaring Run Natural Area - Trail, Hidden Valley/ 7 Springs, Pennsylvania

DESCRIPTION

Many trails- well marked, riddein lots/ hard packed, singletrack/ old logging trails/ back roads, very scenic, trails for rookies and hard-core ri

USER REVIEWS

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[May 25, 2007]
Eric
Cross Country Rider

Unfortunately DCNR is cracking down on the mtb riding in this area. As you head up the mountain from Donegal towards Hidden Valley a few hundred yards from the summit make a right into Forbes State Forest. All mtb riding on the right side of the road is banned according to DCNR (May 2007) this includes the McKenna trail (which is hands down the best singletrack riding in this area). There are a few routes on the left side of the road that parallel Hidden Valley and eventually actually drop you into the resort.

Unfortunately because the McKenna trail area is now designated a natural area, only hikers are allowed on the trail. The most unfortunate part is for the for past 5-7 years I've been riding the trail I don't remember ever seeing hikers only other mtb riders/horses.

To inquire about access or lodge a complaint you can email DCNR at ra-askdcnr@state.pa.us or write to them at:

Department of Conservation and Natural Resources
Rachel Carson State Office Building
PO Box 8767
400 Market Street
Harrisburg, PA 17105-8767

Happy Riding,

Eric

OVERALL
RATING
4
VALUE
RATING
3
[Apr 20, 2007]
drnich
Weekend Warrior

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.

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
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5
[Jul 08, 2005]
drnich
Weekend Warrior

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.

Customer Service

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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RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
4
[Mar 20, 2000]
Levi

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.

Customer Service

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.

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Hidden Valley and Seven Springs provide great trails especially the North Woods territory of Hidden Valley.

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
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[Sep 02, 2002]
R.J.

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.

Customer Service

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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5
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