PORTERSVILLE, Pa. (WKBN) – An assistant manager at the McConnells Mill State Park Ranger’s Office said Cole Ransom from New Castle and Katherine Texter from New Galilee, Pa., overestimated how much daylight they had and got lost in the park after darkness fell on Monday.
They were on the North County Trail near the gorge heading to Hell’s Hallow, which is a 6-mile trip, one way.
They got stranded midway, and when they didn’t meet up with friends around 9 p.m. Monday, those friends called 911. Rescuers found the pair around 11 p.m. They were checked by medical staff and left.
Park officials said it’s important for hikers to time their trips, have plenty of water and snacks, and inform others of plans.
McConnells Mill is one of the most popular state parks in western Pennsylvania and is a place known to attract hikers.