Minister Creek Trail

#1 of 64 trails in Allegheny National Forest
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.

8.5 miles Loop 480 feet
Dog Friendly
camping hiking blowdown dogs leash forest
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John Maydak

15 Completed11 Reviews

Incredible view at Minister Valley overlook, that alone was worth the 10 mile hike. Tons of massive rock formations and in some areas the trail leads you right through gaps and crevices, might be a tight fit with a larger pack. Elevation gains were gradual in most areas. Trail markers were further apart than I like and hard to follow in some areas. Being mid October the trail was covered in leaves and a tad slippery in spots with recent rainfall. GPS directions from this site brought me to the trailhead perfectly. There were plenty of campsites along the trail, it can be done in a single day without much trouble though. Will definitely be back!

Ed Munch

1 Completed1 Reviews

We try to do this trail at least once a year. Great camping at triple fork. Always plenty of good water available, filtering advised.

Triple fork was also our second camp site during our 100 trek of the NCT through the ANF back in 2012.

Doug Dacus

1 Completed1 Reviews

Well kept trail, awesome camping spots and great views. It's a smoker getting up to the overlook with packs on but it's well worth it.

J.J. Jones

78 Completed10 Reviews

Sierra Jenkins

5 Completed1 Reviews

Awesome trail! Unfortunately when we went, the upper loop of the trail was closed, so we just shortened our trip and did the lower loops. We enjoyed the scenery, especially at the Overlook. We camped in the clearing near the Overlook-- definitely made for a great renegade camp site, as there were fire pits from previous campers. Went 4th of July weekend and saw only one other person. Would definitely recommend, and looking forward to going back and completing the entire loop.

Beeb Scott

26 Completed4 Reviews

Such a fun trail, did some trail running felt like a fairy! easy to get a little lost so be careful!

Seth Craft

4 Completed2 Reviews

Great trail, beautiful views, and great camping!

nick Oboczky

2 Completed2 Reviews

Great trail done it many times always have a good time. I took my two kids this time for there first backpacking trip and they loved it there a lot of large rock formations that kids and adults can enjoy. There is just one small issue a lot of the trail markers are missing which would make for a tuff winter hike but in the summer most can figure it out. The North country trail sign is broken off an is missing so bring a map and compass and you should be fine. Have fun!

Ryan Passmore

1 Completed1 Reviews

Amazing views, giant bedrock to climb, nice stream and great camping. I've hiked this about a dozen times and will continue to go back. Perfect for a long day hike or a night of camping

Amber Marsh

4 Completed4 Reviews

I hiked the north loop starting at the south loop connector. Beautiful trail and easy to follow. Grey diamonds are spread out perfectly. Some tricky spots are marked with pink tape. On the North Country portion follow the blue blaze. After the last bridge (not on the map) keep your eyes peeled for the grey diamond.