Alpha Pass Trail

EASY 25 reviews

Alpha Pass Trail is a 1 mile lightly trafficked out and back trail located near New Castle, Pennsylvania that features a waterfall and is good for all skill levels. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

DISTANCE
1.0 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
95 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

dogs on leash

kid friendly

birding

hiking

nature trips

trail running

walking

views

waterfall

wild flowers

wildlife

Alpha Pass: blue blazes, moderate hiking This trail is at the northern end of McConnells Mill State Park and is part of the North Country National Scenic Trail. This trail begins at the Alpha Pass scenic vista and follows the east bank of Slippery Rock Creek. There is an exit to the Point Parking Area or the trail follows the creek to the Old Mill.

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1 month 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.

1 month ago

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!

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1 month 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.

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2 months 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.

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3 months ago

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

Monday, July 10, 2017

Very scenic. Lots of small ridges and rock formation. A little bit of a decline to get to Alpha Falls.

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Thursday, February 23, 2017

The park describes this trail as "more difficult", not easy. Don't miss the unmarked path to the base of Alpha Pass Falls. It leaves the blue blazed stairway about halfway down into the gorge. Return to the blue blazed NCT trail to follow the whitewater creek to the gristmill.

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Saturday, June 25, 2016

Nice and short warm up trail before you get to the old mill and head on to Kildoo Trail. Right on the water has some nice views and worth doing once.

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