Lake Metroparks - Hell Hollow Wilderness Area

Hell Hollow Wilderness Area

Photo by Jeff Taipale

14437 River Road
Leroy Township, OH, 44086

Lon: 81° 7' 0.907" W
Lat: 41° 41' 14.248" N

Hell Hollow Wilderness Area has a high cliff top with a loop trail and 262 timber steps that provide a dramatic descent to the creek valley. The more than 100-foot-deep ravine was carved thousands of years ago by Paine Creek after glaciers retreated from Ohio. This park offers impressive views of the 360 million year-old Chagrin Shale cliff above a deep river valley.

Park information and trail map

Audubon Ohio has designated this park as an Important Bird Area.

The name Hell Hollow—according to all known accounts—simply refers to the steep, rugged slopes which made it difficult to access and leave the “hollow.”

Click here to read about the history of Hell Hollow


Shelter capacity is 75. Shelter is located close to playground, restrooms, hiking trails and ball/game fields.


838 acres. Picnic area with grills. Picnic shelter. Restrooms. Hiking trails. Playground. Ball/game fields.


Take I-90 to Vrooman Road and go south for ½ mile to Carter Road and turn left (east) for about 2 miles to Paine Road and turn left (north). Proceed north on Paine Road to Blair Road. Take Blair Road for about 1 mile to Ford Road and turn right (east) for about 1 mile to Trask Road and turn right (south). Continue south on Trask to Brockway Road. Follow Brockway Road one mile to Leroy Center Road. Turn right and the entrance to the park is on the right.