Mcconnells Mill Slippery Rock Gorge Trail

New Castle, Pennsylvania

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Bring your camera. The gorge itself, cut in just a few thousand years by the force of the meltwater of three glacial lakes, is surrounded by large trees (some virgin), waterfalls, and at least 69 species of wildflowers. Its rugged beauty made it one of the selections of trails that make up the North Country National Scenic Trail. McConnells Mill State Park encompasses 2,546 acres around the Slippery Rock Creek Gorge. The 930-acre Slippery Rock Creek Gorge was designated a Natural National Landmark in 1974 and became a State Park Natural Area in 1988. Through the gorge flows the 49-mile-long Slippery Rock Creek, which begets its name from a time when a Native American trail crossed the creek across a sandstone shelf over which a natural oil seep flowed. The shelf is located below the Armstrong Bridge on the southern end of the gorge; and the oil seep was drained by oil wells drilled in the late 1800s, which were shortly abandoned as groundwater swiftly invaded them.

Mcconnells Mill: Slippery Rock Gorge Trail Professional Review and Guide

"Bring your camera. The gorge itself, cut in just a few thousand years by the force of the meltwater of three glacial lakes, is surrounded by large trees (some virgin), waterfalls, and at least 69 species of wildflowers. Its rugged beauty made it one of the selections of trails that make up the North Country National Scenic Trail. McConnells Mill State Park encompasses 2,546 acres around the Slippery Rock Creek Gorge. The 930-acre Slippery Rock Creek Gorge was designated a Natural National Landmark in 1974 and became a State Park Natural Area in 1988.

Through the gorge flows the 49-mile-long Slippery Rock Creek, which begets its name from a time when a Native American trail crossed the creek across a sandstone shelf over which a natural oil seep flowed. The shelf is located below the Armstrong Bridge on the southern end of the gorge; and the oil seep was drained by oil wells drilled in the late 1800s, which were shortly abandoned as groundwater swiftly invaded them."

Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: New Castle
Distance: 12.4
Trail Type: Out-and-back
Skill Level: Moderate to Difficult
Duration: 4 hours
Season: Year-round
Trailhead Elevation: 1,150 feet
Top Elevation: 1,250 feet
Local Contacts: McConnells Mill State Park
Local Maps: USGS Portersville
Driving Directions: Directions to Mcconnells Mill: Slippery Rock Gorge Trail

Recent Trail Reviews

7/8/2009
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beatifull trail. Done in the summer sometime and was absolutly gourgeaus.... Made it to the end had lunch by the creek took a nap and headed back... I will do this again!


3/8/2009
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Beautiful hike. It is "mostly flat" with a few fairly steep uphill portions. My brother and I hiked the trail up and back in about 4 hours but we did not take much time to admire the scenery and we were really pushing ourselves. A very nice trail that I would recommend.



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