Earlier this week I saw this post on Trail Town Program's Instagram. I kind of pride myself on being able to identify exactly where a photo was taken along most of the area's trails, but when I saw their post I was stumped! So, I inquired and they responded it was the Roaring Run Trail in Apollo, PA. I knew where I was going this weekend!
The Roaring Run Trail is a 5-mile rail trail between Apollo, PA and Edmon, PA. This trail also connects to the Rock Furnace Trail and Apollo's Kiski Riverfront Trail. I recommend starting at the Apollo trailhead because there is a slight incline heading toward Edmon. Around 3.5 miles in, the trail climbs steadily for about a half mile or so, but its nothing too serious. The trail continues eventually to a nice little waterfall. There is a steep switchback down to the section of trail that connects to Edmon. The section between the switchback and the Edmon is challenging to say the least. There are 2 huge, steep hills - the first one I was able to power to the top of, but the 2nd one was too tough, I had to dismount and walk my bike to the top. Flying back down those hills was borderline dangerous!
It was about 45 minute drive to the Roaring Run Trailhead, I arrived around 2:30pm and hit the trail.
The trail was in excellent condition and seemed very well maintained. Lots of walkers and bikers out on the trail, but not so many that it ever felt crowded. I didn't take any pictures until I came to the point where you can go left to Flat Run Falls, or right down a switchback toward Edmon.
After visiting the falls I decided to head down the switchback and go to the end of the trail in Edmon. Shortly after descending the switchback I came across this cool wooden bridge.
I left Heyduude at the bridge and walked down to the Kiski River to listen to the little rapids and wave to some kayakers.
After climbing up what felt like Mt. Everest to Edmon, zooming black down, and then heading back up the switchback - the ride back toward Apollo seemed like a breeze.
About 1.5 miles from the Apollo trailhead the trail connects to the Rock Furnace Trail, named for the ruins of an old stone iron furnace located along the trail. I was unaware of this at the time and didn't see it. Something to look for next time!
When I returned to the Roaring Run Trail there was an ambulance taking someone on a stretcher who appeared to have a head injury. The person was able to stand but had head bandaged. Not sure what happened, but I hope they are okay,
After reaching the Apollo trailhead I decided to continue on to Apollo's Kiski Riverfront Trail. The short rail takes you into the downtown area.
A few blocks after crossing an intersection, the trail heads in to what seems to be a former industrial area.
Cool decorations of spray-painted bikes
After riding through Apollo I headed back to my car, but when I got there I decided to keep riding! I rode all the way to the end of the main trail to the waterfall and then finally back to my car. 25.8 miles overall, not too bad! I had a really great time exploring these trails, and know I'll be back again. Looking forward to seeing what the area looks like with leaves on the trees!