Slippery Rock Gorge Trail

HARD 86 reviews

Slippery Rock Gorge Trail is a 11.1 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Slippery Rock Township, Pennsylvania that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as difficult. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from March until November. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

11.1 miles 2227 feet Out & Back

dogs on leash

birding

hiking

nature trips

trail running

walking

views

wild flowers

blowdown

muddy

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The trail is a 6.2 mile point to point trail located near Slippery Rock Township, Pennsylvania. It is only recommended for very experienced outdoorsmen. The trail is primarily used for hiking & rock climbing and is accessible from March until November. Dogs must be kept on leash.

hiking
14 days ago

hiking
17 days ago

Great trail. Took my son and walked down to the falls. Nice that western PA has natural attractions like that. Definitely going to return and explore the trail more!

backpacking
20 days ago

A great trail with some really beautiful spots. I am working out for mt. washington and it gave a good workout but i would deffinitly call it a moderate hike not a hard hike

hiking
21 days ago

trail was awesome. very little level ground but a lot of solid stone stairs. trail is well kept and been modified in some areas for safety. caution is needed while travelling, tree roots and jagged stones could easily ruin your day. views are breathtaking.

hiking
22 days ago

This is a favorite trail for my son and I... just wish there were bathrooms on both ends of the trail!

hiking
27 days ago

It helps to get the more accurate park map from the official DCNR McConnells Mill State Park website, or at the park. This trail is indeed challenging. It gets dark sooner in the gorge, and cell phones may not work. Bringing two cars and leaving one at Hell's Hollow, and one at the parking lot on Cheeseman Road is helpful. Fortunately, the NCTA keeps the trail well maintained and blazed. No rock climbing, this trail does not visit the two designated rock climbing areas in the park.

hiking
1 month ago

This is a great trail with beautiful views and some climbs that definitely get the heart rate up. There are parking areas at multiple places along the trail, but that parking is limited.

1 month ago

hiking
2 months ago

I'm very keen on Mcconnells Mills being my near by State Park, where I've climbed and roamed for years. Definitely worth the visit and it's a gorgeous area.

hiking
2 months ago

simply awesome. great views at every turn. its about 7.5 miles from helps hollow to the covered bridge at the old mill. just a fantastic trip. will definitely be back to do the round trip and a little more exploring

hiking
3 months ago

My grandson and I hiked on a very hot August day. Glad to have the river nearby to cool off. During his Thanksgiving visit he wants to go back and do it again. Great time.

hiking
3 months ago

Me and the old lady drove 3 hours to hike this trail after seeing it on here. Many ups and downs as previously stated, which tired her out. We made it more than 3/4 of the way through before we turned around. What a great time though! Definitely not an easy trail. We saw a few people, stopped and talked to a couple of them and they were incredibly friendly. Overall, we had a blast and will be going back to finish this trail.

4 months ago

hiking
4 months ago

hiking
4 months ago

Great trail for a day long hike, though children and elderly might get tired of all the up and down elevation changes. A nice long section runs by the creek and there are some beautiful rock formations there. I prefer to bring two cars and park one at each end because this trail is a really great workout, but it's exhausting by the time you reach the end if you're not a regular hiker/backpacker.

4 months ago

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.

hiking
5 months ago

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.

5 months ago

Not the most scenic but a phically taxing trail.

hiking
6 months ago

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.

trail running
7 months ago

My favorite trail in western PA. Great place to hike or trail run.