Brush Hollow Cross Country Ski and Hiking Trail

Area Status: Open
This area is Open
 

The Brush Hollow Trails offer three loops totaling 7.7 miles for cross-country skiing, hiking and mountain biking. The 5.6 mile Mill Creek Trail connects the Brush Hollow Trails with the Twin Lakes Trail.

Things to Know

  • “You Are Here” signs are located at trail junctions and other key locations.
  • The trail is groomed by volunteers.
  • Portions of the trail system are located along abandoned railroad grades that were used for logging at the turn of the century.

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At a Glance

Current Conditions: The recent storms have caused extensive damage on the Marienville Ranger District’s Brush Hollow Hiking Trail. Because of this damage, the trail will be temporarily closed so the area can be assessed and cleared. Anyone wishing to hike in the area, can use nearby trails such as Laurel Mill and Little Drummer. For more information, please contact the Marienville Ranger District at 814-927-6628. This trail is not groomed.
Operational Hours: Open 24 hours
Fees No fee
Permit Info: No permit required
Usage: Light
Restrictions: As a visitor to the National Forest, you are asked to follow certain rules designed to protect the Forest, natural resources and to provide for public safety of visitors. These rules are available to you on-line or at any office of the Allegheny National Forest. Please take time to read and understand them. General Topic orders apply across the Forest. Applicable Orders for this Site:
  • Occupancy Limits
Motorized vehicles, ATV's and snowmobiles are not allowed on any of the trails. Forest trails policy prohibits the use of saddle, pack or draft animals on hiking or cross-country ski trails. Camping is allowed next to the trail.
Closest Towns: Kane, PA
Restroom: Vault
Operated By: Forest Service
Information Center: Marienville Ranger District
Address: 131 Smokey Lane Marienville, PA 16239
Phone: 1-814-927-6628 Email: sm.fs.anf@usda.gov

General Information

Directions:

From Ridgeway

  • Travel on Main St. to PA-948 N/Montmorenci Ave.
  • Travel north on PA-948 N for 9.9 miles
  • The trailhead is located on the right side of the road.

Recreation Map

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Activities


Bicycling

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Hiking

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Day Hiking

Fire InformationCampfires are permitted if maintained in a fire ring, and completely extinguished.
Difficulty Level: Easy

Backpacking

Hiking Mill Creek – The trail is 5.6 miles and is marked with gray diamonds. The trail starts at the Brush Hollow Trail and ends at the Twin Lakes Trail near Twin Lakes Recreation Area.

The Twin Lakes Trail connects Twin Lakes Recreation Area with the North Country National Scenic Trail. Using this network of trails can take backpackers all across the Allegheny National Forest. The trail is best suited to hikers, although it is open to skiing and mountain biking. The Mill Creek Trail parallels Big Mill Creek, a popular trout stream.

Skiing Brush Hollow – There are 7.7 miles of trails that are marked with blue diamonds. Brush Hollow offers challenges to a wide range of skill levels. In the spring many of the trails are decorated with wildflowers. This area is also a good place to view wildlife.

  • The section of trail located along Big Mill Creek is designated EASIEST and is suitable for beginners.
  • The Brushy Gap and Elli Loops are designated MORE DIFFICULT. There are overlooks of the Big Mill Creek valley on the Elli Loop.
  • The Challenger Loop is designated MOST DIFFICULT and is suitable for experienced skiers. There are overlooks of the Big Mill Creek valley on this loop.
Fire InformationCampfires are permitted if maintained in a fire ring, and completely extinguished.
Elevation descEasy portions to most difficult.
Difficulty Level: Easy

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