7 Scenic Day Trips with Spectacular Views
By car, train, bicycle or foot, head outside to take in these unforgettable vistas.
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A deep, impressive gorge can be found right in our own backyard, complete with a historical watermill and photo-friendly covered bridge.
Park in the upper lots and hike down the river trail to the preserved site of the gristmill, where oats, corn and buckwheat were processed until the mill closed in 1928. The mill is stunning in all seasons, with the rapid waters of Slippery Rock Creek flowing fastest in spring and fall beneath the covered bridge (built in 1874). The park’s many trails are part of the North Country Trail, the longest scenic trail in the country, running from New England to North Dakota.
McConnells Mill State Park,
1761 McConnells Mill Road, Portersville, PA 16051
Travel time: 40 minutes
Artisan demonstrations at the annual Heritage Festival, held in late September. There also are Civil War reenactments, food vendors, music and mill tours.
Fees & Hours
Free. The park is open year-round; the Old Mill is open Memorial Day through late September, Wednesdays to Sundays.
Most trails here are rated “moderate,” but whitewater boating on Slippery Rock Creek is rated a Class II-III.
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