Explore the most popular trails in Dead Man's Hollow Conservation Area with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

Calling this a trail is a very generous term at times. The “trail” is really just two different loops connected by a expedition through the woods. Literally nothing blazed, just pick your best path through pricker bushes and overgrown areas. The big loop is nice and marked, the abandoned terra-cotta factory is interesting, and the slight but non overwhelming incline make for an enjoyable hike. If you do choose this for your adventure ensure your phone is fully charged because you will need to use this map in order to not get lost in the middle of the woods. Also I don’t know why this was labeled as 5.4 miles, it turned out for us to be more like 9+ miles.

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over grown
scramble
17 days ago

If you are looking for challenging elevation changes, this area is really good and offers multiple trails from the center hollow. Its size allows you to feel distant from the surrounding towns. There are a few things to see, including unique sycamores and remnants of an old pipe factory. It offers good views of the river and a few trails to warrant additional visits. Although it is a hidden gem in Allegheny County, it’s hard to recommend this trail when, in my experience, you feel like the only person around. Eerie is good word for it. Based on graffiti, people seem to have ventured through a large storm water tube that goes to the river. Despite its name and alleged history, Dead Man’s Hollow needs more people around to give it, for lack of a better term, some life. Wear bright colors because people can hunt with a permit. I gave it three stars because the ruins are interesting.

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muddy
1 month ago

Nice trail - not at all steep. It’s pretty shaded and saw a couple of little waterfalls. Several muddy spots and trees down. Had to either climb over or under downed trees in several spots.

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1 month ago

A perfect trail when you want something a little interesting but not difficult. The climbing was minimal and only a few muddy spots but that’s to be expected with the weather we are having. It was dappled shade the entire time and a nice breeze kept things cool. A few trees were down across the trail but no matter; they added a bit of fun when I had to climb over them and walk down the length of a trunk another time. The trail is clearly marked by blue squares with black arrows fastened to trees.

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over grown
1 month ago

If you're looking for a different hike, this one's for you. A lot of industrial ruins in the hollow itself, from a quarry and sewer pipe plant that operated until the early 1900's. Make sure you read the stories that gave the place its name on the Allegheny Land Trust website. Witch Hazel Trail starts off with a climb of 400' through a series of switchbacks, which are very nicely designed and make the climb a manageable experience. Best part about this trail is the absence of traffic noise. You can hear an occasional train on the other side of the river, which is rather pleasant. The trail flattens out at the top of the hill and passes by a 15 acre habitat regeneration area - kind of ugly but interesting. At the trailhead, a township employee warned me about rabid raccoons and coyotes. His advice - "Don't pet the wild animals"! Also, a few weeks ago, I saw a tent in the hollow - you can backpack if you check with the folks at Allegheny Land Trust first. You definitely earn a few macho points for staying overnight in a place called Dead Man's Hollow!

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4 months ago

Great trail! Nice scenery and well marked. Some trees down but easy to navigate around it. Great little stream provided some fresh cool water. Overlook at the trailhead looks like new. There's trash on the opposite bank but some people's kids, you know?

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