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A precious backcountry jewel amid the hardwood forests.
Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources Forbes State Forest Box 519 Laughlintown, PA 15655 (724) 238-9533 Location: Roaring Run is located in southwestern Pennsylvania, about 23 miles southeast of Pittsburgh and 25 miles northeast of Morgantown, West Virginia. Nearby towns include Somerset (10 miles) and Donegal (5 miles).
Getting There: From the Pennsylvania Turnpike, take the Donegal exit and follow Rt. 31 east. Turn right on Fire Tower Road near the summit of Laurel Ridge. This road forms the eastern and southern boundary of Roaring Run Natural Area. Fire Tower Road eventually merges into County Line Road and becomes part of the western boundary of the area.
Seasonal Information: The area is heavily used during summer, lightly used during fall, and rarely used during winter. Like all natural areas in Pennsylvania, it is open to hunting from about the end of September through the middle of January. Summer temperatures can range from the 50s at night to the 90s in the day. With Mt. Davis, the highest point in Pennsylvania nearby, winters can bring severe weather. The area receives many of the first hits of storms from the west.
Wildlife: Common are deer, turkeys, black bears, raccoons, squirrels, and chipmunks.
Insects: Contact park office for information.
Plant Life: Because of logging in the early 1900s and the 1960s, most of the forest consists of second- and third-growth hardwood stands of oak, birch, and sassafras. In autumn there are plenty of wild blueberries. Winter is the most tranquil season, when the loudest sound is the crack of hardwoods shedding frozen branches. Fiddleheads adorn the loose, dark soil in the spring.
Facilities: Camping is primitive backcountry. Most people camp along the trail. If you hike in from the western or southeastern parking areas, you can be at a campsite after three-quarters of a mile. This is especially convenient for families.
Parking: Five parking areas have been constructed for visitors. Two areas are located along the Fire Tower Road. Another is located near the Nedrow Cemetery and is reached via the Fire Tower Road and Township Road No. 301. One more parking area is located along the County Line Road.
Permits: A free permit for overnight visits is required.
Leave No Trace: Pack in, pack out.
All LNT guidelines apply.
Maps: Call ahead for a free topographic map.
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