Crews Locate 8 Lost Hikers At McConnells Mill State Park

PORTERSVILLE (KDKA) — A group of young hikers are safe and sound today after getting lost in the woods at McConnells Mill State Park in Lawrence County. It’s an area known for tricky and dangerous trails.

The group of eight people, six young men and two young women, along with a dog went for a hike on Tuesday afternoon. They did not have water or a map.

“Me and my friends decided to go hiking. We started about, maybe five o’clock, and we just wanted to go to go have fun,” said one of the rescued hikers. “We went across the little creek to go see the other side, and we just kept walking and we couldn’t find a trail until about 7:30 [p.m.], and we just kept walking until we did.”

Officials say a worried parent called one of the hikers on a cell phone, and after learning the group had gotten lost, called 911 for help.

“We started at the entrance on the other side by the parking, over in Hell’s Hollow; then, we worked our way… we went across the creek. John here thought he saw a cave, so we went and investigated that, no cave; but then we went up and above it and then we came to the trail,” said another one of the hikers. “We had a choice to go left or right – left would have taken us to the car; we ended up hiking seven miles this way.”

Emergency crews went into the woods around 9 p.m. and came out with the missing hikers around midnight.

No injuries were reported.

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One Comment

  1. chance says:

    If they would just walk for 15minutes in any direction, they would stumble on civilization.

  2. Terry says:

    I hate to say this, but I would have thought it impossible to get lost at McConnells Mills.
    Folks, please payt attention to your surroundings. Once it turns dark, these areas can be tracherous and having people come looking for you can endanger them.

    Also, did they think to perhaps follow the dog? Our 3 always seem to know where the car is.

    1. Anonymous says:

      The dog was a puppy. Had no idea where it was or what was going on. And when you are walking on a path that you realised far too late was going the wrong direction, and it becomes dark, you kinda have to suck up your pride and ask for a bit of help, especially when its too dark to see the ground or path markers.

  3. Ryan S. says:

    Send these dolts a bill for the search and rescue!

  4. Camo says:

    If you have to call your mom because your lost, maybe you shouldn’t be allowed to go outside and play

  5. Anon says:

    Hmmm… Eight young kids in McConnells Mills, did anyone search them for paraphernalia and drugs? If they weren’t so high, they might have found their way out.

    1. Anonymous says:

      Yes actually, we did get briefly searched. Ironic that not a one of us were high.

      1. Anonymous says:

        high must of worn off by the time the rescuers found them

      2. Learn the word says:

        That’s not irony.

    2. mair says:

      Very Interesting

  6. Vladimir says:


  7. Anonymous says:

    This is news?

    1. Lou Grant says:

      Your so right, this is NOT news but KDKA has so many hours to fill between commercials they have to put something as stupid as this on TV

  8. Drew says:

    Who goes out hiking at 5 O’Clock on a Tuesday nite? Is it me or teenagers now days dumb as rocks? Do they seriously have this much time on their hands? I hike there all the time and even on my first time there its impossible to get lost.

  9. Rob says:

    Oh I love it I grew up in an actual rural, very rural area and me and my brother never got lost and this is when I was 10, we learned that the sun and other different little signs around us told us what direction to go in, we always knew where to go and it is pretty obvious the number one is if you get lost stay put, and 2 never leave the trail, you are asking for trouble plus there is venomous snakes, like copperheads that hang out around streams and moist woods and rattlesnakes so walking around at night is such a wonderful idea, and lets not forget the other little cliffs and drop offs that are all over that area very easy to walk right into in the dark yeah a bunch of worthless brain dead loser kids who can not even take care of themselves and went and had to call their mommy to save them, they have been doing that all their lives probably some day there will not be anyone else there to bail you out of trouble then what, a lesson for you is this learn to be self sufficient and learn to taker care of yourself and grow up.

  10. Anonymous says:

    How can anyone get lost there? hmm

  11. Timothy Capuano says:

    Ok first off They said they left the MARKED trail to go “explore” a cave. The Oldest is what 21, so they were just goofing around. As someone who has hiked there at least a dozen times I can tell you that you can get yourself confused with the valleys and creeks. Yes they should get a bill for the Search and Rescue but calling them Dumb is just redundant. ANYONE who goes hiking with out a Map, Water, Snack, is just asking to be taken out of the gene pool.

    1. Randi says:

      Well Ryan that comment show’s whio the idiot really is, and it is not me haha

      1. Ryan S. says:

        Nice comeback! I’m done with you.

  12. Ryan S. says:

    We aren’t talking about book smarts here, we’re talking about common sense and these tools displayed that they have none.

  13. Cpt. Vanport says:

    Dont overanalyze this situation! Other than the white water hazard, it’s not a particularly dangerous place to be lost. Yeah, there are some cliffs but at no point are you more than maybe a mile from a house or road…The kids are safe and stuff happens. As a former SAR responder I’ll take finding some lost kids in western PA any day rather than pulling someone off a mountain in the Rockies or trying to extract a patient who got hurt while caving…There are A LOT worse places to get messed up. Trust me.

  14. Anonymous says:

    Because everyone has to be a stoner huh? Just because you and your buds smoke bud doesn’t mean everyone does. Get a life.

  15. Ryan S. says:

    Randi, you are an idiot!

  16. BrB says:

    From what I read, one of the parents called one of the kids and found out they were lost and the parent called 911, the kids did not call mommy as one poster stated. Although they should have been more prepared and certainly learned a lesson, I at least give them credit that they chose to do something adventurous and outdoors and weren’t sitting at home in front of the TV or playing video games like most kids these days.

  17. Anonymous says:

    i like dudes

  18. Randi says:

    I can’t believe this website is ran by a bunch of pearl puckin liberals to where you can’t have a debate without reporting someones comment and getting it removed.

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