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McConnells Mill

McConnells Mill

McConnells Mill is a state park centered around a deep gorge, a rebuilt watermill, and a historic covered bridge in western Pennsylvania.

Centered along Slippery Rock Creek, McConnells Mill State Park was founded in 1957.

At its heart is McConnells Mill, opened by Daniel Kennedy in 1852. The mill was destroyed by a fire in 1868 but was quickly rebuilt. Thomas McConnell purchased the operation in 1875 and modernized it, replacing the waterwheel with water turbines, and the grindstones with rolling mills. The mill processed oats, corn, buckwheat, and wheat before closing in 1928.

Adjacent to the mill is McConnells Mill Covered Bridge, a Howe truss, which was built in 1874. It was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1980.

The park offers numerous moderate to difficult hiking trails that lead to excellent rock climbing and rappelling areas, a waterfall, and class II and class III whitewater boating along Slippery Rock.

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Directions

From Interstate 79’s Exit 99 at US 422, follow US 422 west for 2 miles. Turn left onto McConnells Mill Road and follow south for .7 mile.

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