Brush Hollow

Ridgeway, Pennsylvania

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A great ride for the novice mountain biker with loads of scenery and a deep-woods feel. Located only 10 miles out of Ridgeway, it’s close to civilization yet affords an experience of being far away from all its stresses. Brush Hollow is part of the many tracts of land managed by the national forest, and it’s loaded with wildlife, including grouse, turkey, and deer. The area was originally designed for cross country skiing and has been deemed appropriate for mountain bike use as well. The ride is leisurely, tranquil and supposedly haunted! Local legend claims that there was a logging camp built high in this hollow around mile mark 2.5. At this camp there was a dispute between two loggers and one night one of the men was murdered. The other fella was found guilty and hanged for the incident. Folks believe that the spirit of the murdered logger still roams the upper parts of this hollow in a state of unrest. If you’re not afraid of ghosts, a full-moon ride may be a good test of the local lore! Highlights: quiet woodlands, abundant wildlife, vista, haunted trail?! Tread: mainly grassy double-track, which passes through some swampy ground. There may be a few sections of single-track, depending on when the forest service mows back the trail.

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"A great ride for the novice mountain biker with loads of scenery and a deep-woods feel. Located only 10 miles out of Ridgeway, it’s close to civilization yet affords an experience of being far away from all its stresses. Brush Hollow is part of the many tracts of land managed by the national forest, and it’s loaded with wildlife, including grouse, turkey, and deer. The area was originally designed for cross country skiing and has been deemed appropriate for mountain bike use as well.

The ride is leisurely, tranquil and supposedly haunted! Local legend claims that there was a logging camp built high in this hollow around mile mark 2.5. At this camp there was a dispute between two loggers and one night one of the men was murdered. The other fella was found guilty and hanged for the incident. Folks believe that the spirit of the murdered logger still roams the upper parts of this hollow in a state of unrest. If you’re not afraid of ghosts, a full-moon ride may be a good test of the local lore! Highlights: quiet woodlands, abundant wildlife, vista, haunted trail?! Tread: mainly grassy double-track, which passes through some swampy ground. There may be a few sections of single-track, depending on when the forest service mows back the trail."

Activity Type: Mountain Biking
Nearby City: Ridgeway
Distance: 6.4
Elevation Gain: 300 feet
Trail Type: Loop/Lollipop
Technical Difficulty: Easy
Physical Difficulty: Easy
Duration: 30 minutes - 1 hour
Trailhead Elevation: 1,700 feet
Top Elevation: 2,000 feet
Local Contacts: Allegheny National Forest 814-723-5150
Local Maps: USGS James City; Allegheny National Forest Brush Hollow Ski Area Map
Driving Directions: Directions to Brush Hollow

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May 2018