Trailhead Adventures

A short hike that follows Hell Run until it reaches the 18-foot high Hells Hollow Falls and a lime kiln from the 1850s.

Hike features:

Note: Trail conditions change over time.  If you discover any inaccuracies with this post during your visit, please post a comment below to let me know.

The terrain at McConnells Mill is made up of mostly limestone and shale.  The Hells Hollow Trail is a well maintained dirt path that follows the Hell Run until it reaches Hells Hollow Falls.  You will need to proceed down a set of stairs to view the old lime kiln and view the falls from below.  Wear footwear that you don’t mind getting wet and provides good traction if you decide to walk around the base of the falls as most of the stone will be slick or below water.  

According to the park’s website, the name Hells Hollow was coined during the 1850s when the lime kiln was actively used to extract lime from the limestone in the area.  Limestone was placed in the hot kiln with coal and wood until only lime remained.  This process produced a strong oder along with red smoke and glow filling the hollow.  You can see the remains of the old lime kiln as you proceed down the steps next to Hells Hollow Falls.

Overall, this was a quick and enjoyable hike to a photogenic waterfall.  Hell Run offers unique stone formations where the water carved a path through the years. 

Hike Walkthrough

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