Featured Green Space
Dead Man’s Hollow
Allegheny Land Trust set out to acquire and permanently protect the Hollow from landfill development and other destructive activities after a 1994 scientific study identified the Hollow’s ecological significance. Over the years, several additional acquisitions expanded the Hollow to 450 acres. A master trail plan for the area was completed in Fall 2014, and ALT staff and volunteers have been implementing the suggested improvements since. The plan was designed with the goal of providing recreational and educational opportunities for the public at the Hollow consistent, and with the goal of protecting the conservation values within the Dead Man’s Hollow watershed.
The Hollow was the site of a 19th century quarry and an early 20th century pipe factory. If one could spy into those years from the tops of today’s tall trees, the view would be dominated by acres of flattened muddy storage yards, huge coal fired kilns, rails, and road. However, with the pipe company’s end came a new beginning, and as the decades passed, a forest grew to overtake the factory’s buildings and kilns. The crumpled structures and remains stimulate the imaginations of visitors, as do the many legends of murder, natural disasters, and accidental deaths related to Dead Man’s Hollow. ALT has led interpretive hikes on the trails that focused on ecology and plant identification, the site’s history, and even the legends that fortify the Hollow’s ominous name.