The Allegheny's smallest campground with six family campsites sits along the babbling waters of Minister Creek. The Minister Creek Trailhead is situated directly across SR 666 from the campground where the popular 6 mile loop Minister Creek Hiking Trailstarts and ends at the trailhead. Minster Creek Hiking Trail connects to the North Country National Scenic Trail at its northern most point. _ View/Print Site Brochure - _ pdf
I'm not reviewing the campground at the Minister Creek trailhead. I'm reviewing the camping options available to backpackers along the North Loop of the Minister Creek Trail.
Here are my notes from our recent trip:
When we went there in August of 2020 and backpacked the North Loop of the Minister Creek Trail, we camped at the (unbridged) stream crossing just downtrail (if hiking the loop counterclockwise) of the first intersection with the North Country National Scenic Trail, which is sort-of at 2 o'clock on the loop. It was neither our first choice, ideal, nor terrible. There weren't many flat places for a tent. There was no fire ring. It was not a "durable" surface. But it was raining, it was getting late, and it's all we could find.
There were tons of great pre-made campsites as the trail approached and crossed the stream from the northernmost point (what I would call 12 o'clock on the loop) and headed south until the trail leaves the stream and heads south-west. We also saw a few pre-made campsites as we started our trip (at about 4 o'clock on the loop). You could pretty easily hike in and make camp right away, then do most of the 6 mile hike on the second day.
The smallest of all of the campgrounds in the Allegheny national Forest, this little slice of heaven is just perfect! With only six campsites, it’s definitely “first come, first served.” The sites are well proportioned (not right on top of each other), and perfectly situated at the base of the trailhead.
Several of the sites back up to minister Creek. Home to some of the scrappiest brook trout I have fished for. Such a great place to get away!￼
Quick Tip: Perfect spot for star-gazing. So set the alarm for 2am and enjoy :)
I love it here.
It’s small, primative, but worth the stop. Did a quick stopover here as we were traveling through. So peaceful and beautiful. Would highly recommend it for sure!
Smallest PA campground. Less than 10 sites. Run-of-the-mill pit bathrooms. Nice creek with some shallow pools. Offers primitive camping and has a trail that runs above the site's. Fun little road trip spur to run the route 666.
Awesome tiny campground! Only 6 spots all first come first serve and very cheap! What a wonderful find! Right along the creek where native brook trout reside. Great fly fishing in the area and the hiking is beautiful! Great loop trail ranging from a few miles to 7 miles depending on the loop, starts right behind the campground! Highly recommend this campground if you can get a spot!
We stayed here July 2018 and found a quiet campsite by the creek. It had been quite rainy and some of the sites were wet and muddy, but for $12, I couldn't complain. While there is an outhouse, it is simply a couple of toilets (bring a lantern or wear a headlamp). Arrive early to get a prime spot, and take advantage of the hiking trails (a bug net for your head will help in the summer as the gnats and deer flies are distracting). Looking forward to staying again.
a slice of heaven.
Great hiking location. Sites are sparse and set up in pull offs all over the area. Maps of sites available at the Rangers lodge. Limited facilities. Great for backpacking.