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Hell's Hollow (McConnell's Mill)

The Pittsburgh Photo Safari Meetup Group
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Sep 16 8:00AM - 9:00AM

Landscape, Waterfall

This is a 0.5-mile hike. This trail begins at the Hells Hollow parking lot and follows and twice crosses Hell Run on its way to a lime kiln and Hells Hollow Falls. Although the main trail is smooth and level, the section by the waterfall can be slippery. Note that the parking lot can fill up on busy weekends, so arriving early is a good idea.


A hard rain will force a reschedule. Also note that a clear mid-day sun will lead to harsh shadows in this area making photos more challenging so hope for overcast or light rain.


Addendum added by Carol P:
I once spent 2 hours trying to find the falls with GPS. I finally found it with a park map a few months later.

Here is a map on which I added circles to find the park office, parking, covered bridge and Hell's Hollow. To see it larger, hit both your control (command on a Mac) and the plus sign. Do it 3 or more times until the map is clearly visible but not so large as to pixelate.

Find the map online, and follow the yellow route to Hell's Hollow:

Get a map at the park office: If you enter the park from Route 422, a park office will be on on your right. There should be a box of maps on the front of the building (even when the office is closed.)

Without a map, here are directions:

Take 79 North. Exit at Rt 422 (about 4 miles beyond the Portersville exit.) Turn left at the end of the ramp toward New Castle on 422W.

After crossing Rt 19, look for the sign to McConnell's Mill on your left. Turn left onto McConnell's Mill Rd. (See info above if you want to stop at the park office for a map.)

Park at the large parking lot on your right near Kildoo Road to meet others for carpooling by 7:40 am. (See comment below.)

Continue on that same road to Kildoo Rd (near end of parking lot). Turn right down the hill toward the Mill and covered bridge.

Cross the covered bridge and follow McConnell's Mill Rd. Turn Left on Fairview Rd. At a T, turn right (which is still Fairview school Rd.)

Turn left onto Shaffer Rd. Look for a small parking area on your left.

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Pints&Prints for Sept.

Sep 27 7:00PM - 8:00PM
Will small wonders ever cease! I am actually getting this posted more than 48 hours before the event. Like, I know...right? September is here (fastest Summer I've ever seen) and soon the leaves will…
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Fall Leaves (Dolly Sods, Blackwater Falls Park, etc.)

Fall Leaves (Dolly Sods, Blackwater Falls Park, etc.)

Oct 06 5:00PM - 11:00PM
PRIMARY PHOTOGRAPHY TYPE:Landscape DESCRIPTION:My annual weekend trip to Dolly Sods, Blackwater Falls, and surrounding areas scheduled for early October when peak colors are expected (hopefully) for…