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.
dogs on leash
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.
easy kid friendly trail with lots to see. nearby park facilities.
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.
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
Short and sweet. Nice views of the waterfall at the end.
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
Great for kids. Easy and very scenic. Nice waterfall at the end.
Great day for a quick hike with the kids. Teens and little ones enjoyed the hike.
we did the shorter one till the falls and came back.. it was still nice and very easy , even for my tree years old.
Kid friendly, short, easy, and well maintained with a waterfall at the end, enough said.
Nothing "hellish" about it...a lovely little stretch.