Hell's Hollow Trail is a 1.2 mile heavily 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 bird watching 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: 65 feet Route Type: Out & Back

dogs on leash

kid friendly

hiking

nature trips

walking

bird watching

forest

lake

views

waterfall

wild flowers

wildlife

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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.

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3 days ago

Nice, easy trail, great for kids/adults of all ages! Mostly wide and flat except for steep stairs to get to the bottom of the waterfall. Really nice nature walk with benches to stop and sit along the way. Will definitely be back!

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4 days ago

A nice wide easy walkable trail. Could take the grandparents on this one. At the end where the gorge is you will encounter a fairly steep staircase of about 20 steps. Watch your step, gets slippery with mud. Overall a nice little Sunday stroll.

11 days ago

Beautiful area and a very easy trail.

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14 days ago

Very easy “hike” to get back to the waterfall. Can be muddy or slippery in areas after rainfall. Last little bit is downhill and has steps to get down to the waterfall. Currently the water level has been high so it is hard to get a good view of the falls without getting your feet wet! But still worth it!

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14 days ago

Gorgeous! Everything is in bloom and the waterfall was wonderful. Easy level trail that wasn’t muddy. Saw a sign about hunting season so wear something bright.

18 days ago

easy trail we took 4 kids incl a 1 yr old in a carrier slippy in some areas snd be careful near waters edge as our kiddos didn't really pay attention

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20 days ago

Easy trail, beautiful falls.

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21 days ago

Pretty easy trail following a stream through the forest with a really nice waterfall at the end.

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22 days ago

Best trail in western PA!!! This trail offers so much. Up and down hiking, walking by streams, beautiful waterfalls, unusual birds, river confluence. We did this May 13 and arrived at the Hell's Hollow trail head at 9:30AM. I highly recommend taking the Hell's Hollow out and back trail first as the stream and forest setting are amazing and the trail is very gentle. The waterfalls along the way, the stream edge cutouts by the flowing water and the Falls at the end are amazing. Coming back we crossed over to the Slippery Rock Gorge Trail via a log that had fallen over the stream to save a little time backtracking. We then headed down the Slippery Rock Gorge Trail enjoying the ascents and descents and the really cool areas where the streams had cut into the earth. There are also really nice unmarked trails to the views of the valley below that you shouldn't miss along the way. After about 3 miles (see map photo I uploaded) there is a bend in the trail to the left and right at this point there is an unmarked trail that takes you down steeply to where Hell Run empties into Slippery Rock Creek. More beautiful waterfalls on Hell Run and I recommend walking up it a ways to see their beauty. The point where it flows in Slippery Rock Creek is a perfect place for lunch or a snack. We headed back from there and we averaged about 2 miles per hour over the 6.2 miles we hiked. We saw many different bird species (Scarlet Tanager, Peewee or Phoebe, Northern Oriole, another small bird with a dark grey head and some yellow on the chest, plus others). I can't think of a nicer trail in western PA.

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muddy
1 month ago

Great trail.

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1 month ago

Beautiful trail! Easy hike for everyone, nice and flat for the most part. The waterfall was beautiful, and nothing was too muddy or slippery despite having rained two days prior to us going. Great trail for dogs too. We did this and then went on the Slippery Rock Gorge trail and will definitely be back!

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muddy
1 month ago

Nice and quiet, easy hike for the kiddos.

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1 month ago

Water was to high to get a good view of the falls. Headed down the trail to Slippery Rick Gorge. It was a great day to be out. Temps in the 50's. Little to no wind. All in all a pleasant hike with some beautiful views.

fun easy hike today with a few streep inclines

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muddy
2 months ago

Pretty solid trail, absolutely muddy after the rain. Gotta social distance some how am I right

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3 months ago

Absolutely beautiful!! The hike down to the falls was only about 10 minutes and the scenery was spectacular!! We will be going back again!!!

beautiful place for an afternoon walk

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6 months ago

Great trail! Good for beginners or a quick hike to get outdoors

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6 months ago

Really nice, easy, short trail for an afternoon stroll.

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7 months ago

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7 months ago

good hike with the kiddos

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7 months ago

Super easy trail. Nice for families or the elderly. But if you are more active and can get to rocker places so of the other trails have beautiful waterfalls on the other side of the park. Also there are stairs down to the waterfall.

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7 months ago

Nice little trail. We did this as part of the Slippery Rock Gorge Trail. It was wet today and the rocks and stairs were a little slick. Nice quick hike.

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