Explore the most popular birding trails in Allegheny National Forest with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

hiking
12 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.

Love this trail, will definitely be back. Very wet though in spring. The campsites are great, awesome views.

The trails are good and there is an abundance of water. There are way more trails then what are shown on alltrails.

hiking
27 days ago

I headed into the woods on Friday afternoon and noticed the silver blazes marking the trail. The trail is marked well enough for most of the way with only a couple tricky parts. Some of the turns can easily be skipped with the blazes (some having arrows pointing to turn) being a little on the smaller side. The trail itself is fairly easy with nothing too difficult. Elevation changes are frequent and but again, nothing too steep or difficult.

I went counterclockwise and skipped the Morrison Trail; only doing the Rimrock Trail Loop. I spread the trip over 3 days and 2 nights taking my leisurely time as I hiked. It was cold and wet the weekend I went where it rained all night both nights and the 2nd night it got down into the upper 20's. First night, I only hiked about 3 miles and set up camp just off the trail where an established fire ring sat. The 2nd night I stayed at the Morrison Campground. There are many campsites available there at the campground all complete with fire rings and picnic tables. Sunday morning, I woke up and finished the trail.

I would definitely recommend this trail to any hiker with any amount of experience or lack there of. It's a nice little trail with plenty of campsites to offer and lots of water and streams. There wasn't anything crazy as far as views either, but it was still very beautiful just being out in the woods.

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!

This trail is not as well known which offered you an up-close and personal encounter! We loved stumbling upon this trail! The falls are so unique and very powerful! Loved it!

hiking
1 month ago

THE MOST UNDERRATED TRAIL IN ALLEGHENY!! This trail is a must. Yes the trailhead was a tad bit hard to find but the trail and short hike was well worth it! This waterfall is huge and offers many trails around the falls! So happy we stumbled along this gem!

Great short hike. Falls are not that big, but definitely interesting. Cool place to stop for lunch

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.

walking
1 month ago

Trail on left right after single lane car bridge. About a mile hike to the falls. Only complaint was how muddy the trail was at times due to horseback traffic. Gorgeous waterfall and camping area nearby

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.

park at single lane bridge, then about 30 minute walk up horse trail. falls off to left, beautiful area.

i murder people on this trail

map took us 2 miles up gas road in wrong direction...not happy

Brought my machete along due to the first comment, but found it very well kept. Did “clean up” a few areas along the way; my way of paying back to the trail community after my AT thru hike earlier this year. Regardless of just completing a thru hike, I found this section of trail (Rt 66- Kellettville) to be very flat, smooth, and easy. Some very small sections could be considered moderate I guess, but for AllTrails to rate this as “hard” is very inaccurate. To get to Cougar Bob’s, make a right on Rt 666 after you cross tionesta creek and it doesn’t look far. I couldn’t find it during my hike because I didn’t have cell service.
-BEAST

Going in from Marionville? Google's destination was maybe a half mile short, we kept driving before hitting a small 3-4 car pullout that had a fire pit in the middle, close to the grass.

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.

hiking
3 months ago

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

hiking
3 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!

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

backpacking
3 months ago

nice trail

A little hard to find, but this app was very helpful. Beautiful hike.

The generic anti-winter review does not apply here. There is no lower trailhead. Technically there is no upper trailhead. And somewhere along the upper section of FR263, the "trail" which I assume is an old logging grade veers off through the birch saplings. This is definitely a leaf off kind of trail. That said we walked FR263 to where it went from road to a two-track split, after it rounds a shelterwood cut. At the cut, we encountered a coyote who seemed suprised to see humans, and a solitary, assuming male and one year old, black bear, who turned tail and plunged into the saplings and rhubus of the cut. Speaking of rhubus, we gorged on blackberries for pretty much the entire 4 mile out and back. I'll post a new review if we revisit Dewdrop after leaf off and hike the actual "trail". On the way back to Kane, we think we saw the RoW on a shelf above Longhouse, so it may well still exist.

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.

Great trip! Did a 2 night backpacking trip for my first time ever backpacking. The pictures don’t do the actual views any justice. The scenery is unbelievable with mountains and and the reserve. Great for experienced backpackers or even first timers like me. Don’t overlook the elevation because there are parts of the trail that are entirely uphill (don’t let that discourage you). Great experience well recommended 10/10

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