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Breakneck Falls at McConnells Mill State Park II

Breakneck Falls at McConnells Mill State Park II

It took me a while to finally find Breakneck Falls at McConnells Mill State Park. While I knew the location of it, I wasn't sure how to safely get down to the waterfall itself. Here are the safest directions (from the Breakneck Bridge parking area): Park in one of the spots next to the bridge, walk down the closed section of Cheeseman Rd./Breakneck Road until you get to Eckert Bridge. Before crossing the bridge, hop over the guardrail on the left and you may or may not see an unimproved path - either way, you're just going to be making your way along the rocky shortline downstream. Watch your footing, as there are plenty of opportunities to twist an ankle. Keep following Slippery Rock Creek downstream until you get to the mouth of Cheeseman Run (the first tributary you'll come across). Any sense of a path ends at this point but just stick close to the water. You can choose to go up either side of the stream from this point - I found that the right side was a bit easier. It shouldn't take you more than a few minutes to work your way up there - just be sure that you're wearing proper hiking boots and take your time. Once you get to the top, there's a level area that puts you right in front of the falls, and as long as the water levels are decent, you'll find that it is well worth the trip.

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