McConnells Mill State Park, Portersville

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McConnells Mill State Park, in Lawrence County, encompasses 2,546 acres of the spectacular Slippery Rock Creek Gorge. The park is open from sunrise to sunset, everyday. Created by the draining of glacial lakes thousands of years ago, the gorge has steeps sides and the valley floor is littered with huge boulders and is a national natural landmark. A gristmill built in the 1800s is open for tours. The park is open from sunrise to sunset, year-round.
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  • August 13, 2017
    Never a better time to see the mill and do some fishing, hiking or relaxing. Wear good shoes, keep a camera on you and know north, south , east and west...  more »
  • July 28, 2017
    First thing don't forget water, that was my one regret. It truly is a fun experience. The rocks and waterfalls are very unique and intriguing. It really is something worth seeing.  more »
  • July 12, 2017
    We hiked the whole, woodsy, shaded loop at this park. It made a good activity for a hot day, what with the shade and all. It was OK, just not anything special. Seeing an old mill was at least a bit ed...  more »
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  • April 30, 2017
    This is one of my favorite places to hike. I highly recommend the slippery rock gorge trail but keep in mind it is an advanced trail and NOT a loop, 6+ miles one way. It is an absolutely beautiful trail. At the beginning (or end depending where you start), there is a short, flat trail along a stream to a waterfall. Very pretty. Be sure to check out the 2 mile loop to and from the old mill as well. It is an easier trail. There is also rock climbing but I have never done that.
  • April 13, 2017
    Gorgeous park! We parked one car at Hell's Hallow and another car in the parking lot just beyond the covered bridge and hiked the little over 6.5 mile trail from one to the other. We didn't see the large water fall on this trail but there were several smaller but still beautiful ones. Trails were kept very nice and the hike wasn't overly difficult- there was steep parts but over all fairly flat terrain. Very dog friendly.
  • July 10, 2017
    There are hikes for all levels of fitness in this park. Even on the same trail, more adventurous and fit hikers can choose a rockier path while others can do more of a straight shot. We did Alpha Trail and Hell's Hallow Falls. The falls were a bit of a drive from the Mill, but it is a great trail for families. The creeks near the falls are perfect for dipping your feet in and the falls are worth the half mile hike. Be sure to bring water or buy it at the Mill. We left around 5 pm, but mosquitos were staring to get bad, so bring bug repellant, especially if you plan to be there at dusk. We didn't see any wildlife other than some butterflies and bugs, but we were there on a Saturday, so it was a busy place. This isn't the best place to go for complete solitude, but it is a very well-maintained spot ideal for families and those new to the outdoors. Some of the longer day hikes might be a better fit for true hiking fanatics.
  • June 19, 2017
    Visited this park on a Saturday as I wanted to do the Northern scenic trail/Slippery Rock Gorge trail(15 miles out and back) as it's rated very high on Pa's best hikes. I was not disappointed. This trail is total gorge hiking and involves many climbs and descents. It does have slippery rocks and plenty of mud so heed warnings and bring proper footgear. I was impressed by the lack of trash in park. Typically a park that offers so many things(white water rafting/kayaking, hiking, rock climbing) tends to attract the element of those who don't care about what they leave behind. The park is beautiful and literally a stones throw away from Morainne State Park. I loved my experience here.
  • June 25, 2017
    One of my favorite places to go and hike the trails and see the amazing scenery! Great place for a picnic lunch! Can't beat the price which is free!

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