The out-and-back Roaring Run is the third incarnation of this pathway. First to occupy the waterfront site was the Pennsylvania Main Line Canal towpath, which operated between 1825 and 1850. The Apollo Industrial Track was eventually built on the unused towpath, and the trains carried coal from the Leechburg Coal mining station.
Kovolchick Salvage Company of Indiana, PA, donated the right-of-way to Roaring Run Watershed Association, a group formed in 1982 to help preserve this historic area and clean up pollution from former mines. The group opened the trail in 1991.
Beginning at the parking area on Canal Road, Roaring Run parallels the Kiskiminetas River to the southeast. At mile 1.5, you can see the stone remains of canal Lock No. 15. A 16-foot-high dam once stood here; it was destroyed by a flood in 1866, but during low water some remnants are visible. About midway down the trail, you'll come to the Rock Furnace Trail
, which heads north 1.5 miles to Brownstown Road.
The trail is in excellent condition and well maintained as it meanders next to the beautiful Kiski River. It will eventually connect to the West Penn Trail
2 miles upriver, creating a trail system from Ebensburg to Apollo.
Take the Pennsylvania Turnpike to Exit 75 for New Stanton. Follow the turnpike Route 66 extension to its end in Delmont. Follow Route 66 North from Delmont to Apollo. After crossing the bridge in Apollo, turn right on Kiski Avenue. Follow Kiski Ave. for 0.7 mile, which then turns into Canal Road. Proceed to the marked trailhead parking at the end of the road.