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This lovely, relatively flat dirt path runs through the Roaring Creek Tract of the Weiser State Forest. Here, the south tributary of Roaring Creek cuts through the forest, pooling into three large reservoirs. The trail itself generally follows the orientation of the creek, although the waterway may or may not be within eyeshot, depending on where on the trail you are. The entire run is 8 miles (16 miles out-and-back) on a canopied corridor that is cool even at the height of summer. Keep an eye out for the forest wildlife including deer and turkey. There are trail markers and benches provided along the trail.
The Roaring Creek Tract sits on 8,900 acres and although the primary use of the creek is as a water supply for Mount Carmel and Shamokin, there are plenty of recreational activities to enjoy within the park; kayaks and canoes are allowed on the dams (users must portage in). Fishing is catch-and-release only. The forest is about a 10 minute drive south of the Knoebels Amusement Resort near Elysburg, PA.
Weiser State Forest spans 30,000 acres across seven counties.
The Roaring Creek Trail is 8 miles, bookended by two major roadways. One trailhead is along State Route 54 across from the Aqua Water office. (Restrooms are also provided). Trail users can also opt to park at the Weiser State Forest District Office lot (16 Weiser Lane, Catawissa) off SR 42 (Numidia Drive). There is an additional 40 miles of riding trails through the forest for anyone interested in prolonging their experience.
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