Hells Hollow Falls Trail – walk bridge
I hope everyone enjoyed a blessed Easter weekend. For me it was a nice weekend escape given that the week was pretty hectic. I apologize for not posting much here last week. My goal is to always post every day the photo I’ve taken that day or previously. But sometimes after work I get busy in the evenings with friends or family or simply doing things I need to in order to accomplish my long term goals. However, this is a priority for me and I want to do better. Thanks for hanging in there with me.
Easter Sunday I visited one of my favorite places, McConnells Mill State Park. I have posted photos from the area several times here on my blog. But there is a place five miles from the Old Mill (still part of the state park) called Hells Hollow Falls which has running water throughout the trail which is just under a half mile and a very easy walk to the falls. This is a rather difficult place to get to during winter; hence, why I have not taken photos of this part yet this year. I’ve seen many photographers and hikers there admiring the beauty of the falls. And as you may know, spring time is the best time of the year for rushing water over any waterfall, given the melting snow and spring rain. More water flowing down rock beds creates an awesome view and some great photography.
Along the trail to the falls are a couple of walk bridges over small areas of running water. The entire area has a ton of slate rock and boulders making breathtaking views when water flows around and over them (photo featured above).
At one point I was laying on the ground for a different perspective to photograph (not shown here). It’s fun, try it!
At any rate, my plan was to get to the end of the trail which is at the restored lime kiln, also sometimes called a furnace. Across from the kiln are the stairs which take you to the bottom of the falls and the best viewing. However, I was not anticipating this situation in the photo below:
Steps to Hells Hollow Falls
That’s water flowing at the bottom of the steps! There was so much water that it flooded the area where normally I would walk across to photograph the falls directly to the left of those steps. But not to be defeated, I bested nature and photographed the manmade steps leading to the extraordinary flow of swirling water. Don’t worry, I did not descend the steps.
Across from the trail on the other side of the falls is a hillside and just beyond that is Slippery Rock Gorge Trail. This moderately difficult trail is 6.2 miles (one-way) to Eckert Bridge which dead ends as a parking area, famous for kayakers to put into the water. There you can pick up Kildoo Trail that is one mile back to the covered bridge and Old Mill. These trails are also part of the North Country National Scenic Trail. If you enjoy a challenge in hiking and being outdoors I highly recommend these trails to you.
But I digress. On the hillside across from the steps there were other “falls”, icy ones.
I thought this was really fascinating to look at and I was amazed at how much the ferns and hemlocks added color to the area and my photos.
I truly enjoy being out in nature, hiking on the fallen leaf lined trails and rocky paths, while photographing the sights around me. It sure beats the weekday concrete jungle of the city. Although, don’t get me wrong, the city lights glowing in the night hold their special splendor as well. But for me, time spent walking in nature helps to recharge this photographer’s passion.
~ melissa michelle