Kildoo Trail

MODERATE 136 reviews

Kildoo Trail is a 3.3 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Portersville, Pennsylvania that features a waterfall and is rated as moderate. 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.

3.3 miles
269 feet

dogs on leash

kid friendly




nature trips

paddle sports

rock climbing

scenic driving

trail running







wild flowers




This trail is a combination of the Alpha Pass Trail at the northern end of the park that follows the creek to the Old Mill. After the Old Mill the Kildoo Trail makes up the McConnell's Mill State Park Trail.

17 days 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.

23 days 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.

30 days 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.

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.

1 month ago

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

1 month 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.

2 months ago

Absolutely beautiful hike with loads of scenic spots. the one side of the trail may be harder especially for kids, but is easily passable.

2 months ago

Nice scenery but very heavily trafficked. To many people for me.

2 months ago

great view.

3 months ago

Great loop walking along the creek the entirety of the hike. Easy-moderate. Not much elevation change except at beginning/end, but there are a few squirrelly spots with slippery rock in narrow passages (pun intended). Definitely muddy and some points where our boots got wet from shallow running water down the hill.

4 months ago

It’s a nice little hike. Even with several inches of snow on the ground. It’s absolutely beautiful!

5 months ago

Beautiful rock formations, well kept trails. I can't wait to go back.

6 months ago

6 months ago

This was out first time on this trail and we were pleasantly surprised. The views are beautiful and the trail intices you to get close to the waters edge. I am looking forward to coming back when the sun is HOT, but even with the cool temps I worked up a sweat.

8 months ago

Beautiful scenery the entire trail! Bring your trekking sticks! ?

9 months ago

fun, scenic & challenging. very crowded but it's a holiday. access to the trail was closed for repairs, but found a work around. cool to visit the old mill & covered bridge.

9 months ago

very rocky in places, but a great, relatively short hike. quite busy on Labor Day

9 months ago

An unexpected thunderstorm (accompanied by hail, no less) made for a hastened trot on the wet rocks of Kildoo.

11 months ago

Nice trail, could be very slippery when wet. There are a lot of rocks and roots on the trail. The scenery was great.

Saturday, April 15, 2017

Beautiful hike! Love this area!

Saturday, April 01, 2017

Very fun trail with beautiful scenery along the way!

Sunday, March 26, 2017

The trail is in pretty good shape this year and mostly white blazed. They had a few sections where blue plastic was tied around the tree that wasn't blazed yet. It's a great up and down trail that's easy enough to follow and not get lost.

Thursday, February 23, 2017

Kildoo Trail begins at the covered bridge, and the first 1/4 mile to the waterfall is easy and kid-friendly. Just beyond the footbridge over the falls the trail becomes rocky and more difficult. Crossing the Eckert Bridge, about 1 mile downstream, and joining the blue blazed NCT to return upstream to the covered bridge makes this a loop. The Slippery Rock Creek has dangerous currents and no swimming is allowed anywhere in the park. Stay on the trails for safety, and for the sake of the fragile and beautiful ferns, trees, and flowers.

Saturday, February 18, 2017

Beautiful scenery good quick hike as well

Friday, January 20, 2017

Great trail for a winter afternoon hike. We stared at Alpha Falls trailhead and continued along Kildoo trail to Eckert bridge. Instead of returning on the same path, we crossed the bridge and returned on the other side of the water on the Slippery Rock Gorge Trail. This was about a 2.5 - 3 hour hike for us. We went about 4.5 miles.

Friday, December 30, 2016

Nice snowy hike with the family.

Friday, December 30, 2016

fantastic trail. slow going with traversing the rocky path (especially when its snow and ice covered) with incredible views along the way. ill be back to head further up to include the alpha pass trail on the next trip

Thursday, December 01, 2016

I like to do this trail as a loop. I park at Eckert bridge and hike north on the east side of the river. Cross at the Covered bridge and work my way back south on the west side. It s a great day hike.

Tuesday, October 11, 2016

Beautiful area and geography. Highly recommend. not too difficult and family friendly for the most part.

Saturday, October 08, 2016

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.

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