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hiking
10 days ago

Like in previous comments, the tails are very easy to follow and there is a posted map at various points along the trails. The paths do not have blazes to follow if you prefer these types of markings.

We hike it every year! Where else can you stand in two places at once :)

hiking
1 month ago

Beautiful trail with lots of different things to do and see. Gorgeous overlooks of the water and forest as well as stunning rock formations. Very good hike, definitely gets you working. You can pick up multiple different trails based on what you're looking for.

Awesome trail, however, I recommend going counter-clockwise. We started the trail clockwise and reached the overlook fairly quickly. In my opinion, this was easily the biggest payoff and would have been best reserved for last. Also, once you pass the second bridge, the path can get somewhat confusing to follow as it intersects with a separate trail and isn't clearly defined. We ended up following this trail a bit until eventually running back into the white diamonds that mark the Minister Creek Trail. Overall still a great time!

One of the steepest hikes I’ve done in my lifetime! Very beautiful views from the top. Keep pushing yourself forward and you’ll be rewarded!

backpacking
1 month ago

Spent the weekend and stayed 2 nights. Beautiful trail with plenty of camping areas. There were a lot of hikers this weekend taking advantage of the weather. I can see why it is easy to get confused at the north end with the North Country Trail. Going counter clockwise, just after the second bridge there is a very distinct trail in a visibly open area. That is the NCT! The Minister Creek trail is off to the right and not real easy to see. It looks more like a deer trail initially. Although it's a relatively small loop, staying 2 days was the best idea. We were relaxed and enjoyed 2 nights out in the tent.

hiking
1 month ago

Great trail, plenty of space to camp out throughout the trail and at the beginning. pretty flat up until the last part of the north trial to get to the overlook. Well maintained and a great hike overall.

hiking
1 month ago

This trail was really nice! It was very well marked and easy to follow! We forgot to bring bug spray so the bugs were eating us alive. For more adventurous hikers - when you get to the stairs that lead to the overlook, go right to find rock climbing trails and small ravines to get to the top. It was a lot more fun to rock climb to the top than simply walk to stairs!

on Kinzua Bridge Trail

hiking
1 month ago

This trail is very pretty! We loved seeing the views on top of and under the bridge! Definitely a little bit of a challenge going back up, but is easy if you take your time.

Did the trail counter clockwise. I Loved the trail, throughout my wife and I kept saying this reminds me of....(insert cool place you’ve hiked). Older growth woods to Hemlock stands, through the blowdown areas to the creek that runs the through the north end. A couple creek crossings stepping on rocks and a couple bridges also. Are only mistake was with the poor trail markings. The North country trail cuts through the north end of loop ( make sure you don’t get on it by accident) Follow the white diamonds - they seem to disappear at times especially on the return leg. We got on the North country trail and added a couple accidental miles to hike, but we were hiking on a beautiful day, with plenty of time left in day-no biggie. Basically at the north end you caught it for just a short time. At the sign post that has been ripped off with the with the white diamond- look to your right. You have to look hard to see Minister trail. Someone wrote on actual trail marker pointing at it. (Kind of dog legs here. All kinds of camping at north end.

hiking
1 month ago

Found this on mistake but wow was I glad I did. My daughter, girlfriend, and I enjoyed climbing the rocks and looking at all the fungi that grows in this area. The trails are not marked but it made it more fun for us. Didn’t really know where we would end up or what obstacles we would come upon. I would make sure to have proper footwear for climbing rocks and for the trails. Can be really slippery. Very beautiful though and I will re visit soon.

hiking
2 months ago

Nice trail and the overlook is worth it once you reach the top. The last portion takes you up a rock stairway that cuts through a large section of rock. Was a good hike to do with the family.

Nice trail and you can be in New York and Pennsylvania at the same time!

hiking
2 months ago

Great trail, well established and easy to follow. wide variety of vegetation.
Seemed at times it was all uphill but the views were well worth the work.

It will tax you legs and lungs. I'm planning on another hike soon.
Good camping areas on the north loop.
combines with the north country trail for a short time.

Good trail for beginners and children. lots of little spur trails to get tour heart rate up and legs some exercise.
I will do it again soon

hiking
2 months ago

I would not consider this trail easy, it would not be good if you had small children with you or say a breathing condition. Its downhill and has a staircase of boulders, so the hike back up is pretty tiring. The trail itself is not super long but it is nice, well maintained, and you can bring leashed dogs. It's a very populated trail as there's a visitor center and the Kinzua sky walk with a great view.

A quick, family-friendly hike. Easily to follow and the views are great.

The hike down was easy but the hike up was intense but a good challenge..not long enough in my opinion but I’m an endurance athlete.

Love it ! Very nice views !!

hiking
2 months ago

All the trails in this area are clearly marked and well maintained!

hiking
2 months ago

Nice area to hike around! The middle and south loops are fantastic, but the north loop has areas that are extremely overgrown with numerous downed trees and erosion. Great campsites on the north loop.

backpacking
3 months ago

great introductory hike for teaching our kids backpacking. There ages were 14, 11, 7, and 3. There are campsites at about the ¾ mi mark, and about the halfway point ( 3-3½ mi). Has plenty to keep it interesting for kids (Creeks, water, views, unique rock features) but not too long. Does have some cliffs/ledges to be aware of. Love this place!

Overall great hike!! We took the Seneca trail all the way up and around and back down. Strenuous on the uphill but beautiful!

Absolutely beautiful! It is hilly on the way up and downhill on the way down. A very beautiful area. Glad we chose this hike. Lots of little trails intersect with this trail making a big loop. Very well maintained. Nice areas to camp.

Great views! On the harder side of moderate, definitely recommend doing the loop counter-clockwise.

backpacking
3 months ago

nice trail

hiking
3 months ago

Loved this state park. Amazing views and so well kept! Highly recommend a visit!

hiking
3 months ago

Great hiking, great views, had a wonderful day hiking with my 5 dogs. We did the big loop 6.9 Miles. The black berries in the blow down area where amazing.

hiking
3 months ago

Beautiful views bottom trail hard

Lots of ups and downs, great camping at the peak of the loop.

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