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Elk County Pennsylvania Ski Trails

Brush Hollow and Mill Creek Trail System

Allegheny National Forest

Length:  7.7 miles

The Brush Hollow Trails offer three loops totaling 12.4 kilometers (7.7 miles) for cross-country skiing, hiking and mountain biking.  The Mill Creek Trail (5.6 miles) connects the Brush Hollow Trails with the Twin Lakes Trail.  This trail is best suited to hiking.  The trailhead offers accessible parking and a restroom.  This area is managed for recreation and wildlife habitat, mainly turkey and bear.  Big Mill Creek is a popular trout fishing stream.

The trails are marked with blue diamonds. Brush Hollow offers challenges to a wide range of skill levels. 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.  The Challenger Loop is designated MOST DIFFICULT and is suitable for experienced skiers.  "Your Are Here" signs are located at trail junctions and other key locations.  The trail is not groomed.

Scenic overlooks of the Big Mill Creek valley are located on the Challenger and Elli Loops.  Portions of the trail system are located abandoned railroad grades that were used for logging at the turn of the century.  In the spring many of the trails are decorated with wildflowers.  This area is also a good place to view wildlife.

These trails are for hiking, cross-country skiing and mountain biking.  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 along the trail as long as your equipment does not block the trail.


The Brush Hollow Trailhead is located ten miles north of Ridgway on State Route 948.

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