Hell's Hollow Trail

EASY 27 reviews

Hell's Hollow Trail is a 1.2 mile lightly trafficked out and back trail located near Portersville, PA that features a lake and is good for all skill levels. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, nature trips, and birding and is accessible from March until November. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

1.2 miles 106 feet Out & Back

dogs on leash

kid friendly

birding

hiking

nature trips

walking

forest

lake

views

waterfall

wild flowers

wildlife

muddy

rocky

Point-to Point Hike. Trail begins with the Slippery Rock Gorge Trail. 6.2 miles, blue blazes, moderate to difficult hiking. Slippery Rock Gorge Trail begins jointly with Hells Hollow Trail at the Hells Hollow parking lot. The Gorge Trail splits off just before the second footbridge. The first two miles of the trail follows the upper Hell Run Valley. The rest of the trail follows the Slippery Rock Creek Gorge north for just over four miles to Eckert Bridge. At about the 3.5-mile point, the trail descends into the deepest part of the gorge. This broad alluvial flood plain is known as Walnut Flats. The trail then becomes more difficult, traversing very steep terrain. At the 5-mile point, the trail crosses uplands then drops back down to creek level and follows along the creek bank to Eckert Bridge. Hikers then cross the Covered Bridge to pick up the Alpha Pass Trail. The road walk goes along Johnson Rd about 1 mile to Rt 19 and then along Burnside Rd about 1 mile to West Park Rd ( N 40 57.433 W 080 07.918) in Moraine State Park. Cross West Park Rd and follow the blue blazes along a dirt road a hort distance until the trail drops down through the forest about a mile and crosses under the Rt 422 bridge, then goes about 1.7 miles along the shore of Lake Arthur past the dam and then over to McDanels Launch and trailhead . From the McDanels Launch parking area, hike along the crushed limestone Butterfly Trail to the Bike Rental trailhead at N 40 58.451 W 080 07.668. Bathrooms and a concession are available at the parking area. There is a kiosk with map/brochures and park information at the Glacier Ridge Trail (GRT) trailhead. Follow the single track trail along the woods and drop down to the Hidden River Bridge which crosses an arm of Lake Arthur in Moraine State Park. This bridge was built in 1998 by members of the Butler Outdoor Club, a NCT trail affiliate. The trail climbs and crosses the paved North Shore Bicycle Trail and goes on to cross North Shore Drive where there is a small parking area at N 40 58.482 W 080 07.331. The GRT then meanders through woodland about a mile to Camelot Rd which terminates just north of the trail at N 40 58.571 W 080 06.879. The trail travels along a ridge, drops down and crosses a bridge and meets a side trail to the Link Rd Shelters 1.4 miles away at N40 58.317 W 080 05.727. There are three adirondack style shelters, each with a picnic table and fire ring and a pit toilet a short distance away. The GRT climbs, travels along a ridge and drops down to Mt Union Rd trailhead about 1.5 miles away at N 40 58.025 W 080 04.806. The trail circles below a pond and comes to an intersection with a white blazed northern loop trail. Take the trail to the right to the most direct path to the Marina and Davis Hollow Cabin about .8 miles East.

1 month ago

Short and sweet. Nice views of the waterfall at the end.

3 months ago

3 months ago

It is a beautiful trail and well maintained. Several nice climbs a bit of a workout. Trails all have easy to find blazes however a couple mile markers would be helpful

4 months ago

Great for kids. Easy and very scenic. Nice waterfall at the end.

hiking
4 months ago

Great day for a quick hike with the kids. Teens and little ones enjoyed the hike.

hiking
4 months ago

we did the shorter one till the falls and came back.. it was still nice and very easy , even for my tree years old.

5 months ago

hiking
5 months ago

Kid friendly, short, easy, and well maintained with a waterfall at the end, enough said.

hiking
1 year ago

Nothing "hellish" about it...a lovely little stretch.

1 year ago

hiking
1 year ago

Beautiful. Fairly easy hike. Trail is marked well. We do this one several times a year.

hiking
2 years ago

Very nice relaxing adventure! Nothing rugged, just a great get away!

hiking
2 years ago

Great trail for families, or anyone who just wants a fast hike in a mostly flat area... There are several small areas where the sun shines through the trees in tiny clearings which are beautiful. The limestone kiln is interesting and the falls at the end is small, but worth the walk.

walking
2 years ago

Easy walk. Then fairly steep descent down to the falls. Hiking stroller friendly part way but not to the falls.

2 years ago

Absolutely breathtaking in the winter!

hiking
2 years ago

I love this trail. I just visited it when it was covered in snow and the waterfall was partially frozen. Also the small waterfalls on the hillside had turned into huge frozen icicles. Beautiful! One of my favorite.

hiking
2 years ago

Initially after reading that the "Hells Hollow" trail was only 0.4 miles in and out, I was greatly surprised and pleased to find that this is THE BEST starting place when wanting to hike McConnel's Mill State Park. From the Hells Hollow parking lot, you can then walk (which is what I recommend) to the Hells a Hollow waterfall and old clay furnace to get warmed up, and then take the trail for 2.0 miles to where Hells Hollow Creek dumps into Slippery Rock. The terrain is rocky, much uphill, and dangerous when snowy or wet, but it's worth every inch. The scenery is breathtaking, and the workout is great. It should also be noted that from the dump out of Hells Hollow Creek into Slippery Rock Creek, you can then trek your way to the covered bridge and any other spot at McConnel's Mill. I'd recommend this trail to anyone, but urge only experienced hikers attempt the "Gorge" trek to Slippery Rock Creek.

hiking
3 years ago

Nice and beautiful scenery. As stated, it is a short hike if you follow the trail to the falls. Before you get to it, on the left is a nice little Creek that feeds the falls. Makes for a nice walk and the carved out rock is awesome. Nice end of the day mini hike after McConnell Mills.

hiking
3 years ago

A nice waterfall but not much of a hike, although there are plenty of other trails in the area.

hiking
3 years ago

Nice waterfall and a good place to take kids. The trail to the waterfall is very short and easy.