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McConnells Mill State Park, Portersville

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State Park
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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Reviews
TripAdvisor
  • We have driven by the road sign for this park many times and never stopped til today. We were very pleased with our stop. The waterfall by the mill and mill itself are picturesque. The covered bridge ...  more »
  • Our second visit to McConnells Mills Park. Last time we walked down the steep path; this time we are older (seniors) and we drove down to the mill. There is limited parking next to the mill--we had to...  more »
  • We hiked up one side of the river and back on the other and drove to check out Hell's Hole Waterfall. Great time!Free park with bathrooms and parking.  more »
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  • 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.
  • 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.
  • McConnells Mill is a beautiful State park. They have wonderful picnic grounds and trails. The road to the mill is a little intimidating, but it is worth the drive down. One of the best parks in the region.
  • Natural Grist Mill that sits on the banks of the rapid flowing Slippery Rock Creek. Great for hikes and pictures alike. Trails go to Hells Hollow, another great local park. Beautiful rock structures, but be wary, there's a death there nearly every year.
  • Beautiful area. Parking was difficult, quite a walk from the parking lot to the mill. Minimal handicap parking available. Road was very narrow and steep, would not bring my Honda civic back.