Explore the most popular river 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.

backpacking
15 days ago

First time backpacking is perfect for this trail. very easy going and plenty of wonderful camp sites.

backpacking
30 days ago

Great trail. Very beautiful. Camped out on the reservoir. There was plenty of down trees for firewood and there are bathrooms. Camping by the lake was super peaceful and then at night we could see the milky way galaxy band. Great for beginner backpackers or a great way to test gear.

hiking
1 month ago

While this trail states 6.5 miles don’t let it fool you. There are ways—and I found them—to tag on at least an additional mile (accidentally perhaps). This is a great hike with many challenges. Plenty ascensions to keep one alert; a couple water crossings (is this where I went off trail?); and you might even come across some friendly hikers as I most certainly did over my 3 + hour hike. I will mark this one on the calendar: must do again!

hiking
2 months ago

Great hike and even better waterfall. I absolutely love this spot. The spot to park can be a bit tricky to find the first time. Once you find it, there's a descent down to the waterfall. The waterfall itself is very, very pretty and excellent for photography. We have had the falls area all to ourselves at times, and at other times have found it a bit crowded. I guess that just depends on when you go. The hike out is steep but it's not long at all.

Hiked here many times. Sweet!

backpacking
6 months ago

Good trail. Some parts are poorly marked. Great for a day hike or an easy over night.

hiking
6 months ago

So we decided to try the second half of the trail - South Slater up to 337. The first portion was ok / the trail is not blazed, but there is a path, until 1 mile in. Then the trail becomes a sea of overgrown mountain laurel. It took hours to go 3/4 mile. At one point we planned to set up camp (we were equipped only for a day hike) and spend the night. We did eventually set a heading for a Tanbark Trail waypoint (hiked previously) and were able to bushwhack tediously to that point. This is NOT a hike-able trail. For those who feel we may have gotten off track, I was following 2 different GPS apps, and at one point we left Slater Run and headed up to the top of the ridge to see if the understory was less dense and if anything that resembled a trail existed.

backpacking
6 months ago

love this trail, easy to moderate, with some hill climbs. wonderful views, rock castles, etc. plenty of water near by

7 months ago

We missed the parking area as well. We are also glad we read the reviews because we found road 180b and turned around. We even ended up parking in the parking area to allow a logging truck to pass and we still missed it so you have to keep your eyes open, the trailhead is off to the right of the parking area. The hike is shorter than 1.7 miles, atleast it feels like it. It is so beautiful once you get down there, definitely worth it and getting a little lost on these beautiful back roads is fun all in itself!

backpacking
7 months ago

Loved this trail. $10 for a camping permit payable down the road. I went solo for one night and did the whole loop and camped at the lake. Such a beautiful lake view. Heard coyotes singing in the middle of the night, saw a porcupine and a big buck came snorting through camp around 5am. I did get a tick so if you don’t wear Deet make sure you give yourself a solid tick check. Lots of streams to catch water at along the loop. Plenty of campsites on the loop if you didn’t get a permit for one of the sweet lake spots that include metal fire ring and picnic table. Apparently they usually have running water at the lake, but a note stated it didn’t pass the last rounds of testing so is off limits for now. If you go here be sure to check out the Rockrim Overlook just west of the trail via a short car ride. Also you won’t catch a signal back here so say your love yous and goodbye before you hit the drive in from route 6!

hiking
7 months ago

Nice trail little loose footing beautiful falls and boulders

hiking
7 months ago

The AllTrails app put us right to the parking lot, the trail starts across the road (the feet painted on the road makes it quite easy to find). When the trail splits, I recommend taking the trail to the right to get a better direction for all the trail options. The scenery was perfect for a great autumn hike. As mentioned below, the blazes are not clearly marked and you can get turned around quickly, especially when you are exploring in and around all the boulders.

hiking
7 months ago

Beautiful views. Can be difficult at times. Watch for bears.

There are a few spots where downed trees have forced re-routes, but if you look for them, you will find the silver diamond blazes.

hiking
7 months ago

We did the Rimrock trail loop. Very pleasant forest hike. No views over the water (you can kind of see it through the trees), but the forest is beautiful with a variety of vegetation. Some of the signage is problematic-- there are a number of unmarked spurs and crossings. There are some signs at trail intersections but not all of the options are marked. The map for the Morrison trail in the app shows a cut across that is now closed (we had to double back to try to find it).

Just did an overnight backpacking trip here with my wife and another couple. Absolute blast! Campsites are very nice and the trails are fun. The geology is awesome and the overlook is beautiful.

This was one of my favorite hikes in this area. Along the trail you'll cross creeks and hike through open areas in the woods and see stunning overlooks. We drove down from Warren area where we camped and wasn't sure if it would be worth the 40 min drive but it really was! Would do it again and recommend it.

hiking
8 months ago

Enjoyable trail. There are a couple of places where the blazes aren't completely clear-- we were able to stay on track, but encountered two different groups that had lost the trail and were looping back in. It was fairly busy the day we went, with lots of day hikers and backpackers. Parts were quite muddy and slippery.

hiking
8 months ago

Very nice hike out in the middle of nowhere, you follow a small stream most of the way. Some spots of the trail are overgrown but not too bad and you can easily find the trail the whole time, it's marked with silver/gray diamonds and signs at forks connecting to other trails/loops. If you want a longer loop, take the Rimrock extension.

Glad we read the reviews ahead of time, we did follow the directions from all trails, but we're glad someone said that 180b is too far down the road. When we got there we realized we needed to turn around, and it was the last turn off before 180b. The trail looks like an deer path from the small parking area, but it's much more defined once you get past the grass.

It was easy to follow, though definitely of moderate difficulty with the steep incline on your way back. It was shorter than all trails lists it as, more like 1 or 1.5 miles round trip. Beautiful waterfall in spite of the dry weather we've had, definitely worth the hike. We took our two dogs along as well and they had a great time. Very secluded trail, and we saw no other hikers.

backpacking
8 months ago

3 of us did this trail in July 2017. Lots of great free campsites with clean water sources along the eastern route. The lake sites require a cash only fee under $10 but are very well maintained. This was the trip of snakes for sure. They are all over the lake campsite and I stepped on a few while hiking the trail.

9 months ago

Alltrails location was vague. Could not find the start point. Some rough roads approaching from west, slightly better approaching from east via Marienville.

Got a map from Marienville Ranger Station. Going west, if you've reached forest road 180B, you've gone too far. No marker, only a parking lot big enough for about 3 cars on the north side of the road. We parked too early; the ranger map said 1.1miles after the turn off of 128, we parked west of the Google maps marker, and should've gone half a mile further. Had to walk a half mile west through brush, haha. We found the falls and came back on the correct trail.

Don't make our mistake and it's a cool falls after an easy hike.

There are no markings, but from the parking lot is a very obvious dirt trail down that should take no skills to find at all.

Just under 7 miles, overall elevation change about 390ft. Considering the rain we had this summer the trails are in great shape. One creek crossing, you may get your feet wet ( bridge out ) but thats it. A nice feature of this trial is a massive view upon a large rock of ANF. North loop or middle loop will take you to the vista(both lefts off the trail head depending which you choose). Butterfly hatch was going on. Saw a few small snakes and tried to fish but only caught chubs. Busy trail, running into 6-8 groups one being rather large. Go on a weekday if you want privacy. Several large campsites along minister on the north loop side.( if you're looking at a standard map it's the left side of the loop). The trail is easier to follow in the summer than fall and winter, keep in mind where minister creek is and since you know the stream flows toward the parking lot, you really can't get lost. Fun and easy trail.
Please act like decent animals and clean up after yourselves

backpacking
9 months ago

My wife and 3 children (11, 6 & 5 years old) completed the North loop. There are great views every 1.5 miles or so to keep everyone engaged when hiking over two Allegheny elevations meeting up with the North Country Trail. I was blown away by the amazing campsites at the double bridges on the map. Great people on the trail. The only time we got turned around a bit was where a bridge washed out and the trail markers seemed to go in two different directions right around the camp sites and trail merge. Besides some blown down trees here and there across the trail it was a great time and family friendly. We will be back again!

backpacking
9 months ago

We did this loop in two days so we could enjoy some creekside camping for the night. Overall nice hiking/backpacking. As others have mentioned there are a few spots where staying on trail can be tricky. My girlfriend hiked this trail previously so we did not get turned around. In fact, she was able to help multiple hikers that ended up in our camp who were not sure which way to go. The creekside campsite was nice. I wouldn't hesitate to return to this trail in the future for a quick weekend getaway.

hiking
10 months ago

Well marked easy to follow trail. Some good views along the way. But mostly a nice stroll in the woods with some great river scenes. Plenty of great camp spots set up close to the river along the way.

terrible trail.
overgrown with a stream that smells of sulfer. no apparent wildlife.
should not be considered a park.

Could not find the start of the trail.

Did the north loop. Some nice stream-side camping spots. At some parts of the trail however, the path was not clearly defined and blazes were nowhere to be seen. Had to do a lot of backtracking and climbing to get back on track.

backpacking
11 months ago

Perfect hike and campsite! It is pretty muddy and has several spots where you have to cross a stream, so definitely have waterproof boots. There's a pretty challenging hill, but most of the trail is easy to moderate. Very well marked as well! This was my first trip backpacking and I think it's a very good one to start out on. Be prepared to see deer, snakes, and other wildlife.

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