Take a Hike: 10 of the Best Trails in the Pittsburgh Area
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North Country National Scenic Trail
photo by chuck beard
Designated as the longest national scenic trail in America, the North Country National Scenic Trail stretches more than 4,600 miles from Adirondack Park in eastern New York to Lake Sakakawea in the northern center of North Dakota. Lest your schedule not permit an extended excursion, enjoy a snack-sized outing that winds its way through the northern tip of Butler County. Skirting alongside Lake Arthur in Moraine State Park and through Jennings Environmental Nature Reserve, you’ll experience an excellent slice of American topography as you pass by lakes, beaver ponds, farms and forests, as well as the surge of Slippery Rock Creek Gorge as it churns through McConnells Mill State Park. Created thousands of years ago as glacial lakes began to drain, McConnells Mill today is considered by many to be a natural national landmark. One thing to keep in mind: The trail does not loop, so you’ll have to hike back to where you started. Maps are available online.
Hells Hollow, McConnells Mill State Park
Level of Difficulty
Varies according to topography
On the northern shore of Moraine State Park, you can see the historic Davis Hollow Cabin. Construction of the hand-hewn log and hand-carved stone structure began prior to the start of the American Revolution. It’s been lovingly restored and maintained by volunteers of the Davis Hollow North Country Trail Committee. Obtain permission by calling 724/575-0471, and you’ll be welcome to rest your soles and stay for the night.
Learn more: northcountrytrail.org