Slippery Rock Gorge Trail is a 15 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail located near Portersville, Pennsylvania that features a river and is rated as difficult. The trail is primarily used for hiking, running, nature trips, and bird watching and is best used from March until November. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Length15.0 miElevation gain1,535 ftRoute typeOut & back
Dogs on leashHikingNature tripsBird watchingRunningForestRiverViewsWildflowersBlowdownMuddyRockyWashed out
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Pennsylvania Bureau of Travel Marketing, 453 Forum Building , Harrisburg, PA, 17120, Phone: 717-787-5453

Directions from New Castle, PA: Take Rt. 388 (east of New Castle) to Shaffer Road to reach trailhead parking. It will be about 2 miles from 388.

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angel burson
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great view of the water all the way, the closer you are to the mill the more crowded it was but the further away you get you only run into one or two people every 10 to 15 minutes it's a sturdy hike but my 12-year-old son was able to keep up very well. beautiful hike every 5 minutes you want to stop and just chill somewhere because it's all so pretty

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Ang Sherpa
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One of the best trails around the Pittsburgh Area. We 3 (wife and furkid) did the entire 15 or so mile trail and had fun with this diverse terrained trail which some ran along side a river. Make sure to bring enough water and snacks if you plan on doing the back and forth which we did. The trails are narrow and steep at places so we had our furkid off leash making sure he is behind the lead hiker so not to alarm other hikers. Our furkid is good with verbal command especially on trails so this helps. Another tips would be to wear ankle length boots - I think this will help a lot. Since it's not a loop trail, you might want to consider parking your car at the trail end and have someone drop you off at the starting point. Highly recommend this trail. Happy Trails!!

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Andrew abt
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Zach Gibson
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Awesome hike! My wife and I did about 5 miles and we thoroughly enjoyed it. Pretty heavily trafficked, but with it being 70 degrees on a Saturday afternoon it was expected. Highly recommend this trail.

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Bella The Wanderer
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Awesome trail! We traveled in from Cleveland and it was well worth it! The trail is well marked and well maintained. This is a fun, challenging trail. We did the entire 15 miles and it took 8.5 hours. Trekking poles and hiking boots recommended.

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Andrew abt
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Andrew abt
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it's nice do it

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Ross Volkwein
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Todd Davis
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Third time hiking this trail, already planning the next!

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Jacob Morrison
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This was a strenuous but rewarding hike. The trail has a good mix of flat ground and steep inclines. The views were well worth the miles trekked. I'm looking forward to completing some of the easier trails in the near future.

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Drew West
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nicole Simonian
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Julianne Sandora
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Chandler Lee
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Trail was pretty highly trafficked at both ends but nice and quiet towards the middle. It’s a bit packed and icy at some of the steeper parts but micro spikes weren’t needed this time

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Abhishek Vishwanathan
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muddy, slippery, varied, mossy, beautiful

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HB Custom Creations
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Ben Roskiewicz
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Rugged but well marked, really fun trail

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Jason Shaffer
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So I usually don’t think the “hard” rated trails are that difficult, this one kicked my a$$!!! So worth it though. The scenery is some of the more beautiful that I’ve ever seen on a trail. The actual trail itself is very rocky and muddy so I highly recommend trekking poles and leg gaiters. Did this with a 30lbs backpack to test out my new gear for the Laurel Highlands trail. I was averaging 24min/mile. Tough but worth it.

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Natalie Blessing
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Great trail but definitely rated accurately “hard” with the difficult terrain. Very muddy and slippery- hiking shoes are a must. Well marked and easy to follow. Definitely a very fun hike for more experienced hikers!

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Caitlin Miller
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Marc Hatcher
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Kelly Morrow
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Andrew Wasil
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Gregory Phillips
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Started at hell hollow. The first two miles were pleasant with varied terrain. The next two miles were frustrating because of the amount of leaves covering the rocks and roots. Definitely slow with a lot of chances to turn an ankle. On the good side plenty of views of the creek. I’m sure mid-summer would provide a better experience but you can’t beat a day like this in November. Will probably go again but start at the mill.

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Mack Mettille
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Trail was in great shape, very little mud. Lots of leaves on the ground making it a bit slick but overall a really good day hike.

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Bryce Babbs
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The leaves covering the trail did make it a bit of a pain in places because it concealed the roots. I do not recommend tackling this trail in its entirety in the fall without high top boots at least.

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Gregg Thauvette
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This is a great trail. There are a fair amount of ups and downs, but the terrain is what earns this trail it’s hard rating. I would definitely recommend bringing your trekkers along for this one. The trail is very well marked; probably one of the best-marked trails I’ve been too. Worth checking out for sure.

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