McConnells Mill State Park, roughly 30 miles north of Pittsburgh, is home to a slew of outstanding hikes, overlooks, waterfalls, and historic structures.
Here are six of the best things to see and do at McConnells Mill State Park, in no particular order.
The namesake of the park, the first gristmill on this site was built in 1852, and then rebuilt in 1875 after the first was destroyed by fire.
There is a parking area located next to McConnells Mill at GPS coordinates 40.95305, -80.17038.
There are several observation decks near the mill, including this one upstream that also gives you a picturesque side view of McConnells Mill Covered Bridge.
During the summer months, this still-functional mill is open for tours.
McConnells Mill Covered Bridge
McConnells Mill Covered Bridge was built in 1874 and is one of the largest Howe-style truss bridges in Pennsylvania.
McConnells Mill Covered Bridge spans Slippery Rock Creek and is still open to traffic.
Alpha Falls is located close to McConnells Mill and the covered bridge.
This 35 foot waterfall lies on a small tributary of Slippery Rock Creek and usually requires a heavy downpour to get it flowing well.
It’s also an outstanding spot to photograph ice formations in the winter.
You can find a map / directions / GPS coordinates for Alpha Falls in my complete write-up about it HERE.
Cleland Rock Scenic Vista
Cleland Rock Scenic Vista looks out over the Slippery Rock Gorge, which forms the heart of McConnells Mill State Park.
There is a parking lot located right next to the overlook at GPS coordinates 40.92705, -80.18537.
Hell’s Hollow Falls
Hell’s Hollow Falls is a picturesque 18 foot waterfall that lies at the end of a mostly flat half-mile hike.
You can find out how Hell’s Hollow Falls got its name, as well as a map, directions, and GPS coordinates for the parking area in my complete write-up about the falls HERE.
Some folks call Grindstone Falls the “hidden” waterfall at McConnells Mill State Park, as it doesn’t appear on the official park map.
Grindstone Falls lies on Grindstone Run, another tributary of Slippery Rock Creek.
You’ll find a map, directions, and GPS coordinates for the parking area for Grindstone Falls in my complete write-up on the subject HERE.
Quaker Falls is a 50 foot-tall waterfall in the newly-created Quaker Falls Recreation Area in Lawrence County.
Buttermilk Falls is located in neighboring Beaver County, and is one of a handful of Pennsylvania waterfalls that you can stand BEHIND!
Big Run Falls in nearby New Castle is a 20 foot tall waterfall at the heart of an abandoned amusement park turned nature park.
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The be sure to check out 7 Must-See Waterfalls in Western Pennsylvania.
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