Looking for a great place to take the family or go hiking? Check out Mingo Creek County Park in Washington County, PA
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What to Do At Mingo Creek County Park
Mingo Creek Trails
Mingo Creek has some great trails for those who are new to hiking or those who are looking for something more challenging. I really enjoyed the varied terrain of the park and it was nice to mix up an easy paved walk with some spicy single track hills. Note that most of the trails in the park are multi-use, so you may encounter biker or horses on trails.
Best Trails in Mingo Creek County Park
- Hemlock Trail – This short trail has an amazing hemlock grove. Bikers and horses are not allowed on this trail.
- Orange, Blue, and Paved Trail Loop – This trail is a great way to experience both the harder, single track trails in the forest and the easier paved trail along the creek.
- Paved Path – Check out the covered bridges by walking along the paved path.
I visited this park in the winter, so I had no problem navigating (minus one downed tree). I have seen reviews that say the trails get overgrown in the spring and summer.
For a map of Mingo Creek County Park trails, check out this informative PDF map from the Visit Washington County website.
I don’t have kids and I usually don’t notice playgrounds but the Mingo Creek Park playgrounds caught my eye because they looked amazing! The equipment seems brand new and there were so many different types of playgrounds. A family could spend a whole day adventuring between the varied playgrounds. There were two super cool features that stood out to me. The first was a tall slide built into a hillside. The second was a zipline! I highly recommend that families check out this park.
Mingo Creek is home to two covered bridges, the Ebenezer Bridge and the Henry Covered Bridge. The Henry Covered Bridge was built in the park in 1841, but the Ebenezer Bridge was relocated to the park in 1977. These bridges are open for both vehicle and pedestrian traffic, so it’s super easy to view these bridges. If you love covered bridges, make sure to visit the park during the annual Covered Bridge Festival, held during the third week of September every year!
Looking for more hikes south of Pittsburgh? Check out Dead Man's Hollow Conservation Area in McKeesport, PA!
FAQs about Mingo Creek County Park
Where is Mingo Creek County Park?
Mingo Creek is located on 2,600 acres in Finleyville, PA in Washington County. The park is about 45 minutes from downtown Pittsburgh.
To get to Mingo Creek County Park, put the following address into your GPS: 232 Mingo Creek Road, Eighty Four, PA 15330. If you’re trying to visit specific trailheads, check out AllTrails to get directions.
How do I reserve Mingo Creek shelters?
Mingo Creek has ten picnic shelters, seven of which can fit about 100 people. All the shelters have grills and electricity. Users can get beer permits with shelter rentals which range in cost from $45 to $75. To rent a shelter, check out this shelter rental press release from the Washington County Parks Department.
Are dogs allowed at Mingo Creek?
Dogs are allowed at Mingo Creek but must be on a leash in most areas. There is one designated off leash area and dog park where dogs can be let off lead.
How many covered bridges are at Mingo Creek?
There are two covered bridges located at Mingo Creek, the Ebenezer Bridge and the Henry Covered Bridge. They are super easy to access and there is a walking path between them.
Is Mingo Creek family friendly?
Yes! I saw a ton of families visiting when I was there. Like I mentioned earlier, the playgrounds seem amazing for kids and definitely some of the best in the area.
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