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.

hiking
1 day ago

Beautiful. Beautiful. Beautiful. During our trip the trees provided a wonderful canopy from the rain and the hot summer sun for most of it. Great trail with some exciting challenges throughout.

Always lookimg for giys to gike sround new castld with

hiking
4 days ago

Just hiked this today with my dog (4 month old lab). He loved it just as much as I did. Definitely recommend this trail for someone who’s looking for a beautiful hike with a slight challenge to it. One of the best in the area in my opinion!

Another beautiful trail in the park. Easier hike than the alpha pass trail. Waterfall is a nice payoff at the end.

hiking
8 days ago

Great trail, kids and dog loved it. Lots of rocks and tree roots to look out for, so I’d call this closer to moderate for less experienced hikers.

It's one of the prettiest trails I've been on in a long time. Covered bridge AND a waterfall. HOWEVER, it is NOT an easy tail, as it is rated in the app. Lots of rocks and roots, and because of its proximity to the river, the rocks and roots were wet and slippery. I'm 68 and was able to manage it, but if you have joint problems, be aware!

hiking
12 days ago

Great hike, lots of rocks and tree roots to keep you in your toes. A stop in the Grist mill is definitely a plus. I’m just sad that I didn’t do this hike sooner. I will definitely do it again.

Did the trail this morning with 4 kids 5 and under. All were able to make the whole trail walking on their own. It was definitely tricky in spots, and you have to be careful on the narrow spots. But it was absolutely beautiful. Multiple waterfalls along the way, interesting wildlife, and gorgeous scenery along the river the whole way. Definitely worth it!

hiking
13 days ago

great views, one side of trail is a little tougher than the other but great just the same

hiking
17 days ago

Pretty little hike.. I just don’t agree with the easy rating. This trail, like most of the park, is pretty rocky. I’d recommend trail runners or boots if you have weak ankles.

22 days ago

Beautiful, but technical trail.

on Kildoo Trail

22 days ago

Always enjoyable. Beautiful scenery.

walking
1 month ago

Very nice and well maintained trail! This is more of a nature walk than a hike. Go for parts of the gorge trail if you want more of a hike. It’s a nice calm walk through the woods with a few crossings of the creek that are manageable at low water. At the end of Hells Hollow there are some gorgeous falls which, once again, at low water are very easily accessible. We plan to head back after some rain to see the how quick the water moves and how full some of the narrows get!

hiking
1 month ago

Gorgeous scenery, hike loop is short but a good workout, easy to access, close to cities.
PLEASE NOTE - very dangerous, slippery rocks (hence the creek name) next to whitewater current creek. Respect the dangers and stay on the trail.

hiking
1 month ago

Pretty hike along the river and to the falls. 4 year old had no issues hiking as long as she held my hand on the wet rocks.

hiking
1 month ago

Great hike, like lots of others said, just watch your footing. My (newly) 4 year old hiked the whole trail, with me holding her hand for most of the uneven terrain but enough space for me to walk with her. My husband had our 2 year old in a backpack carrier. She did the flatter areas at the beginning and end by both bridges. Kids loved the little waterfalls and saw a newt.

hiking
1 month ago

Incredible hike! However, heed the descriptions warning. You’ll want to be in pretty good shape to take on this entire trail (especially if you plan on doing an out and back as I did)

Walnut flats was beautiful and a nice reprieve from the constant up and down.

hiking
1 month ago

Had a great hike on this trail, even stretched over to backend of Slippery Rock Gorge trail, another fun hike. This one has a nice trade off; while there are few uphill “pushes” one must be aware as it consistent in its embedded rocks and endless winding tree roots. Stay aware! But get yourself on this trail soon.

hiking
1 month ago

Had so much fun with my 4 boys on this trail! We spent some extra time crawling around on the rocks, playing on the beach, and watching kayakers.

Beautiful trail! Well marked trail, beautiful wild flowers, streams, springs, and waterfalls!

just got back home from trail was very muddy and slippery in some spots small waterfalls along the hells hollow trail are beautiful right now with all the extra water fall hiked for a few hours did wind up off trail ended up scooting down the steep incline to the main creek and followed it back found a snake he was cute nonvenomous I tend to go off trail often looking for hidden adventure was not disappointed lots of waterfalls green plant growth for spring pretty flowers and slippery mossy rocks to climb on would recommend boots water and some experiance for this trail drove over to the other side of the hells hollow trail to the main waterfall wasn't as muddy creek is pretty high waterfall was impressively gushing was disappointed to see they were doing construction on fixing some of the path so it was a bit crowded love this trail though

hiking
2 months ago

Do you have a trail you head to when all else fails? This is that trail to me. There are challenging areas, scenery changes, and water. What’s not to love? It also provides some distance. There’s a part of the trail where the woods envelope you and you swear it’s only you and the earth. While there are beautiful areas, my favorite is under the evergreen where the path is littered with needles that match soil. The trees come alive to me, the serenity is real!

2 months ago

Beautiful trail. Walnut Flats was my absolute favorite! It’s like you stepped into a fairytale.

We parked at Eckert bridge in Portersville. When you’re done hiking, it’s quite a walk up the road. We parked the other car at Hells Hollow parking lot, where we started.

This is hands down one of the most beautiful trails I have ever hiked. I've never felt compelled to write a review of a trail until I hiked this trail. This trail may be rated as a "hard" trail, but I didn't find it too terrible difficult besides the beginning of the trail from the mill to Eckerts Bridge where you have to overcome obstacles such as tree roots and rocks. I personally nick-named this trail the "fairy tale trail" because it had such a beautiful, magical feeling to it. The hills were covered in little white, red, and purple flowers, and the base of the trees were covered with moss a little foliage, topped with roots of said trees made it all the more beautiful. Along the trail, we found a ton of Morel mushrooms! this trail was definitely a 10/10 would hike again.

hiking
2 months ago

Great hike, rocky so you definitely need to watch your footing. But beautiful views the whole way.

This is an excellent and challenging hike with plenty of twists, dips and ascents to challenge even the experienced hiker. Also, it is well marked and loops back easily; so whether you’re in the mood for a short trip or one that’ll keep you out there longer I recommend it and plan to return soon.

beautiful little hike. well worth the trip back in to see the falls.

hiking
2 months ago

This was a great hike. Lots of rocky terrain, my Girl and I took our dog and had a blast.. backside of the loop has a lot more rocky terrain and climbing. Great photo spots along the way.

hiking
2 months ago

I didn’t see a place to ask questions so I suppose I’ll use this... I’ve been on this trail a few times and all but once, the creek was mild and it was easy access to the waterfall. We’ve always stopped at the waterfall and turned around. I’ve seen people come from the other direction while at the falls. One time we went, the water was to high at the waterfall to cross at the bottom of the steps. Can anyone provide directions to come from the other side. I would love to see the waterfall when the water is high!

Load More