Out of the economic failure of the Great Depression came environmental and other recreation improvements that have lasted throughout the decades. Completed in 1941 by the Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC), Pounds Hollow was chosen to develop as a recreation area because there were few other recreational opportunities in the area, and the lake when constructed, would provide water-based recreational activities including swimming, boating and fishing. The CCC built a large complex recreation area, including the beach and boat dock, a bath house, water pump house and comfort station, custodian’s house and garage, and other utility buildings. Today all that remains of the original site plan is the sandstone retaining wall beneath the picnic shelter.
Pounds Hollow offers a wide range of out-of-door activities, such as swimming, fishing, boating or canoeing, picnicking, camping and hiking. There is a beach with a new picnic shelter overlooking the 25 acre Pounds Hollow Lake. Facilities at the campground include 76 camp sites, each with tables and fire grills; toilets and drinking water are nearby, and now electricity is available in one of the loops. The campground is open from April 1 to December 15. There are two picnic areas, both of which overlook the lake. The picnic area is open from 6:00 am to 10:00 pm, while the beach is closes at dusk. Oh, and you must bring your own canoe or boat, and only electric motors are allowed on the lake.
Pounds Hollow is connected to Rim Rock by way of the Beaver Trail, a physically challenging 9.5 mile hiking trail that is as visually striking as it is demanding! The rocks and bluffs on Beaver Trail, which extends from the CCC Camp Cadiz to Rim Rock, are truly impressive!