DEAD MAN'S HOLLOW
For those who desire a brief escape from the ordinary, a visit to Dead Man's Hollow should be a welcomed suggestion. As one of the properties owned by Allegheny Land Trust, the 440 acre nature conservation area along the Youghiogheny River is open to the public year round from dawn until dusk. The unspoiled beauty and natural solitude of this quiet valley is accessible from the Great Allegheny Passage recreational trail. With over two miles of established hiking paths through the serene landscape, visitors will find that it's quite simple to distance themselves from the monotony of everyday routines. A number of wooden benches provide a great place to unwind to the soothing sound of a gentle stream. It has also been said that Dead Man's Hollow is one of the best places in Allegheny County to observe Western Pennsylvania's wildlife. Since 1996, outdoor enthusiasts have been in agreement that Dead Man's Hollow is definitely worth a visit.
Although there are numerous places to enter Dead Man's Hollow, the easiest way for visitors to gain access is from the Great Allegheny Passage. Following the river's flow, the hollow is slightly under one mile north of the trail town of Boston, Pennsylvania. Just a short drive from both the city of McKeesport and State Route 51, the Boston trail access is located at the end of Donner Street by the baseball and soccer fields. Parking is available in the paved lot with overflow in the adjacent gravel lot.
Public restrooms are also available near the visitor center.
ENHANCING YOUR VISIT
A visit to Dead Man's Hollow can be more than just a brisk walk through the fall foliage or a bicycle ride along the Youghiogheny River Trail. While in the area, visitors may want to consider touring a one room schoolhouse built in the early 1800s. The local specialty shops have made 'treasure hunting' easy by offering an extensive selection of unique collectibles and distinctive giftware. Depending on the season, guests can wander throughout the splendors of Pennsylvania's second largest rose garden in Renziehausen Park. Last but not least, any of the neighborhood eateries can offer a delicious finish to the day with their signature desserts. The best part of combining these suggestions with a visit to Dead Man's Hollow is that everything is within a fifteen minute drive. This website would like to encourage visitors to spend the better part of a Saturday or Sunday discovering all that the area has to offer.
Geocaching is a popular outdoor activity in which participants go on a 'treasure hunt' using Global Positioning Systems, or GPS devices. The game is played by using coordinates provided by Geocaching websites to search for hidden storage contains. Once a cache has been found, participants can record their visit in a log book. In addition, caches are often filled with an assortment of novelty items left behind by those individuals who have already paid a visit to the secret location. It is customary for participants to take an item from the cache as long as something of equal or greater value is left in its place. Afterward, Geocaching participants are asked to return the cache to its original hiding place for the next visitor to find.
There are several opportunities for individuals to search for hidden caches in the Dead Man's Hollow conservation area and the surrounding communities. For more information on Geocaching or to sign up for access to game coordinates, please visit the Geocaching website by using the link provided.