Exploration of McConnell’s Mills continues. This time I took the road to Brakeneck Bridge, this section of the park is closed to vehicles. I parked the car, and descended down the path to Eckert Bridge. From there I hit the trail head of the Slippery Rock Gorge Trail. This is a 6.2 mile trail end-to-end terminating at Hell’s Hollow. I started at the eastern end of the trail, and this is the most difficult. The trail begins following Slippery Rock Creek, you are able to explore the shoreline, although carefully. I slipped several times on the rocks. It offers stunning views of the creek and the rapids. From there you will ascend up the gorge, the trail offers several steep climbs and switchbacks throughout the gorge. The hike is challenging, and my knees are definitely feeling it, but it’s worth it. The trail offers stunning views of the gorge, and a few hidden waterfalls. I wanted to make it down to Walnut Flats, but didn’t quite make it. I turned back after the second switchback. This trail explores all the terrain the McConnell’s Mills has to offer, from the rocky stream-bed bottom up old growth wooded hillsides. It is part of the North Country National Scenic Trail.
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