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Slippery Rock Gorge Trail

HARD 274 reviews

Slippery Rock Gorge Trail is a 14.1 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail located near Slippery Rock, Pennsylvania that features a river 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.

Distance: 14.1 miles Elevation Gain: 1,535 feet Route Type: Out & Back

dogs on leash

hiking

nature trips

bird watching

running

forest

river

views

wild flowers

blowdown

muddy

rocky

washed out

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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rocky
5 days ago

Definitely not a trail for the unskilled hiker. Mostly in the woods, you only see the creek a little unless you off-trail. We off-trailed quite a bit and it was super fun if you want something different or slightly challenging! Be ready to climb hills either way.

hiking
11 days ago

Well marked trail. We hiked part of this trail along with a side trip to Hell's Hollow. This was our first trip down here to hike this. We'll definitely come back and do it more often especially before we go back up to the Adirondacks. It doesn't have the boulders and scrambles but some nice elevation ups and downs. We'll be able to load up the packs to get the legs ready.

hiking
17 days ago

I only hiked out 2.5 miles but it was Awesome !! You can’t hear anything but nature , no cars no traffic , didn’t even hear a plane , just the creek birds and other movement in the woods

hiking
1 month ago

So far my favorite trail of all time, have hiked it 5 times and always see something new.

We only did 3 miles out and 3 back. The trail was really nice. I was definitely quite the workout!

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blowdown
1 month ago

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blowdown
muddy
1 month ago

I'm not so sure I'd give this a Hard rating but the tail is trying. Blue blazes mark your way till you get to the 1st bridge. You then flow yellow blaze for a mile. Which then turns into Blue/yellow marks. Finally back to blue. Hiking polls are strongly suggested. We went the day after a storm and a couple trees had blocked the path but easily to get around or scramble over.

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blowdown
1 month ago

Pretty trail and a good workout. We get our calves at the end of the day! Just one blow down, a couple steep parts are a little washed out, and not much in the way of vistas. However, if you look for it, there’s beauty in the small things, not just the overlooks. P.S. trekking poles help for this one.

hiking
1 month ago

Such a beautiful trail. We were only able to complete half of it due to a twisted ankle but can't wait to return and complete the whole thing! Very well marked with blue blaze signs everywhere. Path was clearly defined. Loved how the endless tree roots were natural steps. Wasn't too muddy; but where it was others had put down branches or rocks for easy crossing.

hiking
2 months ago

Distance is 12.4 round trip, not 14. Great terrain and mushrooms!

hiking
2 months ago

Only went to river and back but a really nice trail. Some good elevation changes made this a little difficult. Will be back to finish it for sure

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rocky
2 months ago

2 months ago

Nice trails along a beautiful creek.

hiking
3 months ago

It was a beautiful hike, well worth the 2 hour drive from Cleveland. We started early morning and finished the trail in around 6 hours with breaks. My favorite part was the walk on the path next to the river. It was gorgeous! Saw snapping turtle, two snakes! Some uphills but was doable.

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muddy
rocky
3 months ago

hiking
3 months ago

Very tough hiking, but also very rewarding if you’re up for it. We completed the whole trail in around 3 hours (one way).

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muddy
rocky
3 months ago

Very beautiful hike. Definite sections of mud that you have to maneuver through, but nothing bad enough to deter you. We went from Hell's Hollow parking lot to Eckert Bridge, total of 6.3 miles and we did it in 2 hours and 37 minutes. The elevation isn't too bad, first four miles are easy, then toward the end the elevation starts to climb, with some switchbacks, but nothing too bad. We will definitely be doing this hike again. Also, no ticks, which is a bonus.

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muddy
3 months ago

This is a very muddy hike! There are several stream crossings but the elevation is not bad at all. The hardest part of the hike is simply the length. The trail is mostyl shaded but it is best to start early to avoid the heat.

hiking
muddy
washed out
4 months ago

Muddy, muddy, muddy!!! Most of this trail I spent slipping through mud, water, and streams. Two fairly large trees were down over the trail, hikers have been making a path uphill and over the trunks, which is a little difficult in the mud, but doable. When I went, the river was so high and fast that it covered parts of the trail close to the banks near the bridge, so beware of that if you decide to go with all the rain. Wear good hiking boots!!!Don't get me wrong, I had a blast, and I highly recommend this trail to anyone who has the desire to see some beautiful scenery and isn't afraid to get a little dirty.

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blowdown
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rocky
4 months ago

Trail is well marked. There were a few spots with heavy mud. AllTrails will take you to Hell’s Hollow falls for a trailhead. Parking is limited. If needed start at the covered bridge and go the opposite direction for more parking. Great local hike. Well worth the drive from Pittsburgh.

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