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Inside Breakneck Falls

© 2004 Adam Kenneth Campbell

LOCATION

Breakneck Falls
McConnells Mill State Park
Portersville, PA
United States

GPS

N 40°56’14.9″
W 80°10’42.5″

THE STORY

Pictured here is is the view from the inside of Breakneck Falls at McConnell’s Mill State Park in Pennsylvania. McConnells Mill is a national natural landmark in Lawrence County, encompassing 2,546 acres of the spectacular Slippery Rock Creek Gorge. Created by the draining of glacial lakes thousands of years ago, the gorge has steep sides and the valley floor is littered with huge boulders. A gristmill built in the 1800s is open for tours. For adventurers, The North Country National Scenic Trail passes through this park, and there are numerous opportunities for rappelling and bouldering.

Sometimes I’d rather take a cheap camera with me, especially if the day involves climbing down a steep gorge, followed by climbing on steep boulders — making poses that resemble Spiderman in order to reach a unique vantage point. In this case, I brought along the 5 megapixel HP Photosmart 945. The camera was a total piece of crap when it was new, let alone by the time I used it here. The funny thing is that I did sell enough images from it to more than pay for it before it finally died drowned in a pool of orange juice in a deep cave.

KEYWORDS

breakneck; falls; mcconnells; mill; pennsylvania; state; park; parks; lawrence; county; slippery; rock; creek; gorge; waterfall; cave; united; states; america; tourism; explore;

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