Allegheny National Forest Chapter

Building, maintaining, & promoting the North Country Trail in Northwestern Pennsylvania.

Trail Range

Around 97% of this section is National Park Service certified and passes through the Allegheny National Forest. Features wildlife including an occasional black bear, plentiful camping, perfect for a day hike or a multi-day adventure. Despite gentle terrain, you’ll find several scenic overlooks.


Take a Hike- Get out, enjoy the trail, and help your friends, families, neighbors, clubs, and organizations learn to enjoy it, too!
Volunteer- Many ways to get involved, including: Building and maintaining the trail, blazing the route, fundraising, recruitment, marketing and communications, chapter leadership, and event planning just to name a few!

Chapter Activities

Maintains 100 miles of the North Country Trail.
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Cynthia Ematrudo March 12, 2012 at 6:29 pm

I love the bridge pictured above – what is the name of its trail?

Keith Klos March 13, 2012 at 4:44 pm

Cynthia, this bridge was put on this page by mistake. The bridge is on the Baker Trail, and is within Crooked Creek State Park, near Kittanning Pa.

David Turner April 13, 2012 at 2:00 pm

I’m not sure if this will help anyone or not, but I recently hiked the section of this trail from Henry Mills to Dunham Siding and made a video journal of the trip. I absolutely loved this section and look forward to doing more of it in the future! This video shows various things you can expect from this stretch

Kirk Johnson April 26, 2012 at 9:59 am

That was a cool video David, thanks for posting it. Looks like you guys had nice weather for your hike. The triple forks site you stayed at your second night is one of the best backcountry places to camp in the entire Allegheny National Forest in my opinion. But you’re right, when it gets busy during the summer you might be better off finding another spot.

The section you guys walked from Minister Road to your car at Forest Road 116 actually spans a proposed wilderness area! It’s called the proposed “Minster Valley Wilderness Area,” and it is more than 7,000 acres altogether. It will take an act of the U.S. Congress to designate it as wilderness though. Once it is designated by Congress as wilderness it becomes part of America’s National Wilderness Preservation System. Our website is if you want to find out more information about preserving wilderness areas in the Allegheny National Forest.

P.S. I am the trail adopter for that section of trail (Minister Road to FR 116), so I hope everything was pretty clear for you guys through there.

David Turner April 26, 2012 at 2:20 pm

Thanks! The trail was amazing! We were especially grateful for the lean-to. That first day we weren’t quite physically ready for the first ascent at Henry Mills and so it was nice to be able to just crash in our sleeping bags without having to set anything up the first night. My friend and I aren’t stellar athletes or anything so we only did about 8 miles per day. Our packs were way heavy too in preparing for colder weather. I’m planning on bringing a group of students out in August to do the same section and possibly a bit more. Can’t wait!

David Turner August 16, 2012 at 3:15 pm

Hey NCT friends!

I once again hiked the section of the NCT from Henry Mills to Dunham siding, but this time in early August. Boy was it different! Below are a couple links to a video I made of the experience and some pictures. This time though, I hit the Minister Creek trail loop and boy was it worth it! I was completely blown away by the beauty on that section. Can’t wait to do more of the Allegheny section next year! Thank you to all the volunteers who maintain this section!

Video Footage of the NCT in the ANF:

Pictures of the NCT in the ANF:

Victorina September 21, 2014 at 10:22 am

Hello there! I knoow this is somewhat off topic but I was wondering if yyou knew where I could locate a captcha plugin for my comment form?
I’m using the samee bloig platform aas yours andd I’m havving troluble finding one?
Thanks a lot!

Nicolas September 22, 2014 at 11:39 pm

Whenn I originally commented I appear to have clicked the -Notify mee when new comments are
added- checkbox and from now on each time a comment is added I get 4 emails with the exact same comment.
There has to be a way you can remove me from that service?


Ann-Marie September 23, 2014 at 9:45 am

Can you get an actual paper map of the ANF portion of the trail??

Sebastian September 25, 2014 at 3:51 am

Thanks for finally talking about >Allegheny National Forest Chapter
<Loved it!

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