Cleveland, OH: Slippery Rock Gorge Trail

Cross rushing creek, natural rock bridges, and a rugged gorge on this challenging 11.4-mile daytrip in McConnell's Mill State Park.
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Cross rushing creek, natural rock bridges, and a rugged gorge on this challenging 11.4-mile daytrip in McConnell's Mill State Park.

Mapped by Mike Ciccone

Trail Facts

  • Distance: 9.2

Waypoints

SRG001

Location: 40.9314766, -80.2403717

Hike E, cross bridge, bear L @ Y onto Slippery Rock Gorge Trail. Caution: Terrain is steep, rocky, and sometimes slick

SRG002

Location: 40.9316216, -80.2367172

Cross ravine on wooden bridge, passing oaks and hemlocks. Trail dips and climbs along Hell Run

SRG003

Location: 40.9271889, -80.2262573

Trail curves L, tracing cliffs that rise from creekbed on R. In .2 mi., traverse natural limestone bridge that spans gully

SRG004

Location: 40.9251709, -80.2222977

Pass limestone bridge on R. Waterfalls and mosscovered trees ahead

SRG005

Location: 40.9209709, -80.2192764

Cross small tributary creek before beginning steep ascent

SRG006

Location: 40.9166107, -80.2150269

Turn hard L (NE) into Slippery Rock Gorge. In 100 yds., trail veers L and climbs steep log steps

SRG007

Location: 40.9217911, -80.2077408

Switchback down to small ravine

SRG008

Location: 40.9246254, -80.1896973

Trail climbs N above creek. Note: Overgrown trail hides faded blue blazes

SRG009

Location: 40.9316292, -80.1912537

Views extend across wooded gorge and down to Slippery Rock Creek

SRG010

Location: 40.93536, -80.1868668

Trail crosses creek bottom, then leads R. In 200 ft., trail turns R

SRG011

Location: 40.9366608, -80.1855392

Ford tributary stream; another bridge crossing ahead

SRG012

Location: 40.9405136, -80.1765594

Trail ends @ Eckert Bridge; turn around and retrace steps

Trailhead

Location: 40.9314346, -80.2399597

Blue Blaze

Location: 40.9310532, -80.2343063

Wooded Ravine

Location: 40.9272232, -80.2257919

Natural Bridge

Location: 40.924736, -80.2218628

Wooded Hills

Location: 40.9184189, -80.2121048

Slippery Rock Creek

Location: 40.9219589, -80.1988907

Fall Colors

Location: 40.9248314, -80.1896057

Trail Sign

Location: 40.9405289, -80.1764984