National Recreation Trails Database


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Roaring Run Recreation Area is an important feature in the 320-mile Pittsburgh-to-Harrisburg Main Line Canal Greenway™. The Roaring Run Watershed Association currently owns 653 acres of largely recovered mine lands which, in some places, still bear the scars left from past environmental abuses. The Roaring Run Watershed is home to the 4-mile long Roaring Run Trail, an ADA accessible, crushed limestone surfaced trail built on a former railroad grade along the Kiskiminetas River. Another mile of more rugged trail ends at the village of Edmon. Branching off the Roaring Run Trail, the 1 ½ mile Rock Furnace Trail runs along the heart of the Roaring Run Valley at various grades, ending at a waterfall vista.

Nearly 15 more miles of hiking/mountain biking trails crisscross the Recreation Area and a number of bridges and special features have been built along this network of trails. The Watershed Association is currently working to secure land along the Kiskiminetas to physically connect the trail into the town of Apollo (3/4 mile). Work is also underway in cooperation with the Conemaugh Valley Conservancy to close a 5-mile gap between the Roaring Run Trail and the West Penn Trail in Indiana County.

The Recreation Area also hosts a launch site to the Kiski-Conemaugh River Water Trail. The Recreation Area is the only recreation asset in Kiskiminetas Township. Despite its remote location, the Recreation Area's 80 parking spots are nearly filled almost every weekend between March and November, often with mountain bike users from the Pittsburgh area. The maintenance of both the rail trail and park facilities is 100% volunteer-based. All special projects are coordinated and managed by volunteers.


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This website provides access to the National Recreation Trail (NRT) database, a collection of information on the various trails which have been designated as NRT's. These trails are located throughout the United States and U.S. territories. The amount of information may vary from trail to trail. If you need more information than is available on this site, please use the contact(s) listed for that trail. (If no contacts, are listed, you may request help from American Trails at

The on-line database has details on the currently designated National Recreation Trails. The NRT Program online is hosted by American Trails: