McConnells Mill State Park, in Lawrence County, encompasses 2,546 acres of the spectacular Slippery Rock Creek Gorge. Created by the draining of glacial lakes thousands of years ago, the gorge has steeps sides and the valley floor is littered with huge boulders and is a national natural landmark. A gristmill built in the 1800s is open for tours. The park is open from sunrise to sunset, year-round.
Love this trail. The wind and the rain made it a special treat in that as we walked the beautiful yellow leaves fell like confetti. There were 12 kids, 3 adults, no animals. Kids did fabulous. Was hoping for elevation increase or something to make it a "rigorous" but all in all it was fabulous.
Great trail if you want a workout. some nice scenery too. The mill area is much more scenic but the rest is very peaceful. I love the boulders near the river so I suggest you check out the other trails near the mill as well. Around 12 miles if you do the full out and back so give yourself 6 hours or so.
Not a bad trail; a little damp with wet leaves which made it a bit slick on the rocks. It's a very windy, rocky, root filled trail. My only issue was there wasn't clear markings on where the trail started and we were in the wrong place. Lots of steps to get down to water level but once at the right place and by the creek, the trail was great. The waterfall was lacking water, but still great to be outside.
Really pretty trail with some good ups and downs (literally). The only downside is no awesome views at the end. You can at least swim in the river!
We parked at Hell's Run and walked the trail and then back. Took us about 4.5 hours for the 12.5 miles, but that was with stopping to swim halfway.
Took my 5 boys & wife on this trail and everyone did great. It's such a difference from various canyon trails in Arizona. Lots of shade and bedrock protruding from the trail. Lot's of variance in the terrain as well which made it interesting over the route.
Carrie R. on Hell's Hollow Trail
It is a beautiful trail and well maintained. Several nice climbs a bit of a workout. Trails all have easy to find blazes however a couple mile markers would be helpful
It was an awesome hike. I'd have to say this was our favorite next to Old Man's Cave in Hocking Hills. It was definitely an awesome work-out. We didn't go all the way to the covered bridge...we both have some knee issues so we cut off about 3 miles. My GPS on AllTrails said 11 miles when we got back in.
My only issue is with AllTrails shutting down randomly and it continues to lose the trail markers...but there was no issue with finding our way; the trail is very clear. I just have an issue with it dropping our mileage from 11 at the end to 9.3 once it posts.
We started at Hell's Hollow and hiked to Eckert Bridge. It was a challenging hike and make sure to bring plenty of water. The elevations toward the middle of the hike were killer. Side not make sure to check the weather beforehand. My brother and I got stuck in the middle of a severe thunderstorm with strong winds and rain. It got pretty intense a few point with lighting striking in close proximity. Overall great trail for experienced hikers!
We celebrated my daughter's birthday with her Girl Scout troop and everyone did fabulous! We had on slippy spot (a hiking stick helped us reel my 6 year old back), there is mud in parts, and one issue with blisters. But we love this trail- imaginations run wild with the rock formations and it's nice and cool under the shady trees!;)