Hell's Hollow Trail

EASY 53 reviews

Hell's Hollow Trail is a 1.2 mile lightly trafficked out and back trail located near Portersville, Pennsylvania 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 best used from March until November. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

DISTANCE
1.2 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
104 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

dogs on leash

kid friendly

birding

hiking

nature trips

walking

forest

lake

views

waterfall

wild flowers

wildlife

muddy

rocky

The 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 short 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.

hiking
5 days ago

Great trail, easy hike, kids love it.

hiking
7 days ago

walking
26 days ago

It was a very easy path. Their were steps going down to the waterfall. My daughter had knee surgery 2 months ago and she was able to do the trail with minimum pain.

1 month ago

hiking
1 month ago

hiking
1 month ago

As of 6/24/17 there was a downed tree on the trail that has been routed around.

You can still reach the falls which are really nice to see with higher water levels.

2 months ago

2 months ago

Beautiful!

hiking
2 months ago

Very easy hike. When the water is high bring water shoes to get the best view of the falls.

hiking
3 months ago

Easy hike, mostly flat. Great for dogs and kiddos. Stairs to the falls can be a little slippery and getting across the water to the front of the falls can be tricky but a few brave rock hops and you'll be set.

3 months ago

hiking
4 months ago

i really like this trail very easy just becareful if you have kids from the top of the waterfalls to the bottom can be dangerous for a child but my first time on this trail and first time to the waterfall i like it !

4 months ago

This short relatively level trail is good for those with difficulty walking. The state is in the process of increasing the size of the parking lot for this popular destination. There is a beautiful waterfall at the end of the trail but getting into a position to view it can be difficult.

hiking
5 months ago

hiking
5 months ago

easy kid friendly trail with lots to see. nearby park facilities.

hiking
5 months ago

Two different trail described here. They do share a trailhead at the Hell's Hollow parking lot and split after the first footbridge. One to the right is the Hell's Hollow Trail, a short 1/2 mile, easy trail with a beautiful waterfall and an historic lime kiln at the end. Known for wildflowers, please stay on the trails for safety, and for the sake of the fragile and beautiful ferns, trees, and flowers. (No lake in McConnells Mill State Park, and no swimming is allowed anywhere in the park. The Slippery Rock Creek has dangerous currents.) Stay on the trails for safety, and for the sake of the fragile and beautiful ferns, trees, and flowers.The left folk is the blue blazed NCT Slippery Rock Gorge Trail that leads to Alpha Pass. The NCT then leaves the park and after a brief road walk on Johnson and Burnside, enters Moraine State Park. Lake Arthur is within Moraine. Get both state park maps from the official DCNR website, or at various locations within the parks.

hiking
7 months ago

nice little trail with a cool waterfall at the end. also some cool overhangs if u can cross the stream and go a little further down stream

10 months ago

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

hiking
10 months ago