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Dead Man’s Hollow Conservation Area

Allegheny Land Trust - Dead Man's Hollow
Dead Man's Hollow Conservation Area across the
Youghiogheny River from Versailles, PA.

The Wildlife Preserve at Dead Man’s Hollow encompasses 440 acres of highly significant wildlife habitat in Lincoln and Liberty Boroughs.  The Preserve is the largest privately protected conservation area in Allegheny County.

The main access point to Dead Man’s Hollow is from the Great Allegheny Passage, 1/2 mile downstream from the Boston Bridge.  The property features trails, benches, a pond and the ruins of a ceramic tile factory.  Local school groups and the Audubon Society use the area for educational programs.  More information about the history and lore of Deadman’s Hollow can be found at

Allegheny Land Trust has a vision for Dead Man’s Hollow Conservation Area that includes enhancing the recreational and educational opportunities and identifying public opportunities that will promote the use of the property without impairing the Hollow's unique spaces and habitats.

To achieve this vision ALT worked with Pashek and Associates to create a management plan to promote and manage the use of the property in a sustainable manner and to guide ALT in making decisions in achieving its goals for the property, now and into the future.  This process continued through much of 2014 and, as a result, a Dead Man’s Hollow Management Plan is now in place.

The Dead Man’s Hollow Management Plan document analyzes:

  • Where Are We Now - an inventory and analysis of the existing site resources.
  • Where Do We Want To Be - establishment of the vision, goals, recommendations for managing conservation and recreation aspects of the property to achieve the vision and goals established for the property.
  • How Do We Get There - specific recommendations and implementation strategies developed to achieve the vision for the future of the Dead Man’s Hollow Conservation Area.

You can download the full Management Plan (36MB PDF).  An Executive Summary (16MB PDF) is also available.  Additional information about Dead Man’s Hollow Conservation Area can be found on the property pages.

A color brochure describing the evolution of Dead Man’s Hollow from a less-than-pristine industrial center to a wild place that provides recreational and educational opportunities for the public is available.  You may download download the brochure (880KB PDF) or request one by mail by sending email to or calling the Trust at 412-741-2750.

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