Pennsylvania Nature, Waterfalls August 06, 2020
With A Covered Bridge And A Surprise Waterfall, Slippery Rock Gorge Trail Is The Ideal Pennsylvania Summer Hike
Summer’s all about enjoying the golden sunshine and spending time outdoors. After all, before we know it, we’ll be knee-deep in the snow of winter. (That probably sounds pretty good when we’re in the throes of a heatwave.) Save one of those beautiful summer days to set off on the ideal Pennsylvania summer hike, which boasts an abundance of natural and man-made beauty.
Make sure you're in good physical shape before you begin your journey along Slippery Rock Gorge Trail in McConnells Mill State Park in Portersville.
You'll start the 6.2-mile trail following the blue blazes. The trail is rated more difficult compared to others, so ensure you're ready for the challenge.
It's also a one-way trail. Unless you plan to go in and come back out, you'll need to arrange a ride from the end of the trail at Eckert's Covered Bridge.
You'll follow along Slippery Rock Creek and through lush forested area. Bring enough water to drink, and do not get too close to the water. The creek is powerful, and there have been recent drownings.
The trail meanders up rock staircases, through the deepest part of the gorge, and...
Over a gorgeous wooden footbridge. Don't forget your camera, because the views are spectacular.
One of the highlights of the trail is undoubtedly the cascading waterfall. In fact, you'll likely pass several smaller waterfalls, too.
The first part of the trail ends at Eckert Covered Bridge, an idyllic spot to snap photos. (The water nearby is very powerful and the rocks can be incredibly slippery, so be careful.)
The Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources (DCNR) recommends allotting at least six hours for the trip if you plan to go both ways.
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McConnells Mill State Park.
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