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Minister Creek Trail is a 6.5 mile heavily trafficked loop trail located near Sheffield, Pennsylvania that features a river and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Length 6.5 mi Elevation gain 1,056 ft Route type Loop
Dogs on leash Camping Fishing Hiking Nature trips Walking Bird watching Running Cave Forest River Views Wild flowers Wildlife Blowdown Rocky
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Good variety of vegetation, large rocks, and beautiful streams. White diamonds and blue tree markings show the trail route. The trail is well maintained and provides a variety of hills as well as some flat stretches warranting its moderate rating. There is a variety of terrain and even differences in the layout of the forest. If you're camping at the overlook don't forget to carry in water from either the campground or the stream. Camping at the overlook provides several large sites good for both tents and hammocks. Deerlick camp, at the end of an offshoot trail on the East side, is inaccessible due to some downed trees that haven't been cleaned up and what appears to be beavers. Both seem to have caused the creek to damn making the campsites inaccessible. Therefore you'll need to camp at the junction with the North Country National Scenic Trail or at the bridge on the South East side of the trail close to the Middle Loop Junction.

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Greg Gonda
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Great first backcountry hike! Beautiful scenery but I don't mind admitting I was really working on our way up to the look out. We did the North loop counter clockwise and what a nice treat at the end with the lookout! I purchased the Pro version to use here and glad I did....some parts of the trail were marked great others not so much, we got off route on one of the stream crossings but Pro got us back on track - well worth the money. we will be back to hike this again!

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Kevin Daly
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WalkingGreat!

Awesome views, great hike

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Chris Morgan Anderson
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HikingGreat!

Great trail love the changes in scenery. Some spots are hard to follow the white blaze but managed to find our way. Perfect spots for camping along the creek.

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Amber Jones
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Lovely! We did the North Loop, counter clockwise. Definitely the way to go. It was a little wet/mucky in areas but not bad at all considering all the rain. The trail blazes (metallic white diamonds and dark blue blazes) were a little hard to find at times, but otherwise a really great hike. The overlook at the end was pretty, even though we missed most of the leaves.

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Dean Lisowski
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Awesome trail, lots of cool views and different settings. I don't back country camp but looked like plenty of good sites for those that do.

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Jd Reed
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melinda miner
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Jd Reed
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Dan Kellgren
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Shelly Schedler
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Kevin Fay
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Nice short loop, most the views are on the west side of the loop. Always a great time at minister creek, this was my second solo backpacking trip. Many more to come

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Jen Lynch
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Mark Chambers
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Matt Yoder
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Took my 4 year old daughter on her first hike and she made it! You can too!

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Alyssa Timmer
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Nick Friedl
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Rob Yahner
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Orion Chen
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HikingRocky

Magnificent rocky cliffs.

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Ken Castner
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Scott P
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HikingGreat!

Super busy. Only did middle and south loops. Great trail with a viewpoint, large rocks, some steep sections, cliffs, narrow passageways.

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Amber Rose
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HikingGreat!

Loved this trail! The scenery changed continuously and the many bridges and rock formations added to a beautiful and continuously interesting surrounding. Short inclines and a spectacular view! We lost the trail a bit where the three creeks converge. It is not well marked there. Definitely follow the white arrows and trailmarkers instead of pink flagging tape in that section!

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Tony Ackerman
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Vince Golamb
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Excellent creekside campgrounds.

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Justin Crawford
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Owen Reyda
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Russell Miller
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FishingGreat!

Do it again

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Brian Boivin
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BackpackingGreat!

Beautiful trail. Daily easy, but some moderate inclines. We took the counterclockwise route and camped near where the 3 creeks converge. Some of the best sites we’ve seen. Very quiet and peaceful, aside from some noisy coyotes in the distance. Make sure to check out the boulders, and the overlook. Great place to stop for a snack.

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