Minister Creek Trail

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Minister Creek Trail is a 8.5 mile loop trail located near Sheffield, Pennsylvania that features a river and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for camping & hiking and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

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Gene Eminhizer (184)

3 Completed3 Reviews

have hiked this trail many times. I have loved every minute of it. it's a beautiful scenic trail and it gives a decent challenge no matter what the weather is. the camping area is near the parking lot and there are several campsites at the back end of the trail. most are near the trail some are a little off the map but will worth the exploration to find them. have always seen wildlife there dear one or two bears, lots of raccoons, squirrels, opossums, chipmunks, and tons of birds. I have like this trail no less than 2 times a year every year since the late eighty's and it never gets old.

Darcy Shinew (202)

8 Completed1 Reviews

Brian Earley (61)

17 Completed1 Reviews

This is an incredible trail! Some steep climbs but not too hard overall. Tremendous beauty among giant boulders and a lovely overlook. There is a short loop that had kids on it, but I hiked the long loop, which I would not take kids on. The overlook, however, is on the short loop, so kids could easily do this. My favorite trail!

Wes Rowden (893)

18 Completed17 Reviews

This is an all around great trail. Maintained well but still natural a lot of everything. Great creekside spots for lunch. Rocks for climbing. A fantastic overlook with no cell towers in the view. Some tuff climbs, but not too bad. A great day or overnight hike.

Rachel Mazzola (88)

2 Completed2 Reviews

This was my first time to Allegheny and I absolutely loved this trail. Had a little bit of everything. We ended at the overlook which was worth the entire hike beforehand. Highly recommend this trail!

Jose Batista (178)

2 Completed2 Reviews

The trail was awesome. When I went- it was rainy and foggy but that added to the beauty of Mother Nature. The Minister Creek Overlook is nice and a peaceful rest point. The hike itself was calming. I will be hiking it again in the Summer of 2014.

Hilde Karpawich (818)

11 Completed4 Reviews

Lovely day hike. A little flat but nice views. We cut across the loop and I do NOT suggest it, there are plenty of stinging plants (nettle maybe?) that fight back. The trail that leads down to the creek in the middle of the loop provides a great camping area with premade firepits. The bouldery cliffs near the overlook are fantastic! Definitely recommend this hike.

Chris Schultz (249)

7 Completed5 Reviews

Did this as a day hike with my kids. Beautiful, well maintained trail. Did not even need trail markers. Overlook area is the highlight of this hike. Took us just under 4 hours to complete entire loop at a slow to casual pace. Lots of ferns. May need bug spray. Good camp sites off North Country Trail. Take lots of pictures.

Russ Ring (163)

1 Completed1 Reviews

map is now correct...

Richard Channell (204)

4 Completed3 Reviews

We backpacked in for the Memorial Day Weekend and set up camp about 2.5 miles in, on the east side of the trail. Actually, about 200 yds off the trail straight up the mountain on top of the cliff. Nice and flat up there for your tent. The tree canopy opens up a bit so you can catch a glimpse of the stars at night. From the cliff we had a nice view of the hillside below.
The northern most part of the loop is where the 3 fork is. There are some beautiful camps set up there. Nice place for your family to camp, but there will be a bit of traffic (hikers) coming though. This is also where the North Country trail touches the Minister Creek Trail. We also hiked the NCT eastward for a few miles, kinda flat and boring through the woods, although there is a pretty creek covered with pines about a half a mile past the road (Minister creek rd.?).
The highlight of the trail is the Lookout on the south-west portion of the trail. There are huge boulders all over the place but the biggest ones are here. Bring your camera.
All in all, a fairly easy hike with a few difficult spots.