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Dark Hollow Falls

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 4.3 (36) RECOMMENDED ROUTE

A short, out-and-back hike to the tumbling, 70-foot Dark Hollow Falls.


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1.7

Miles

2.7

KM

Out and Back

3,403' 1,037 m

High

2,907' 886 m

Low

495' 151 m

Up

495' 151 m

Down

11%

Avg Grade (6°)

27%

Max Grade (15°)

Dogs No Dogs

Features Fall Colors · River/Creek · Spring · Views · Waterfall · Wildflowers · Wildlife

Family Friendly A short hike to a scenic waterfall that the kids will enjoy exploring.

Overview

This fairly short hike descends at a moderately steep grade from the parking lot off of Skyline Drive, and down to Dark Hollow Falls. Follow the trail through dense oak woods, parallel to the Hogcamp Branch which feeds the falls below.

Description

Begin the Dark Hollow Falls Trail at the north end of the parking area off of Skyline Drive. The trail crosses the stream and then descends along the northern bank. The stream is Hogcamp Branch, which drains out of the Big Meadows Swamp and flows as the primary tributary of Rose River. The stream may be fairly dry near the start of the trail, but it gradually increase as it heads downhill, funneling runoff that culminates at the falls.

The trail drops gradually for two-thirds of a mile toward the top of the falls. Don't leave the trail here, as the rocks can be slippery and extremely dangerous. Additionally, the better views of the falls are further down the trail. The trail bends away from the stream and briefly heads uphill before bending back down to the right toward the bottom of the falls.

From here, there's a beautiful view of the falls above as they plummet 70 feet over the eroding greenstone of an ancient lava flow. Follow the same route back up the hill to the parking lot to finish the hike.

Thanks to Larry W. Brown, for sharing this description. If you're interested in learning more details about great hikes, weather, camping / lodging, wildlife, and scenic drives, check out the comprehensive Guide to Shenandoah National Park.

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Larry W. Brown

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Photos

Night shot of Dark Hollow Falls
Sep 30, 2017 near Stanley, VA
Dark Hollow Falls (night shot)
Sep 30, 2017 near Stanley, VA
Dark Hollow Falls
Mar 19, 2016 near Stanley, VA
Dark Hollow Falls (Autumn)
Sep 30, 2017 near Stanley, VA
A view of the waterfall at the bottom of the Dark Hollow Trail.
Mar 19, 2016 near Stanley, VA
Dark Hollow Falls
Apr 3, 2020 near Stanley, VA

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Aug 8, 2020
Ian Doran
hike with the Hindemans
Aug 8, 2020
Daniel McCloskey
Jul 21, 2020
Chris Ferrone
Jul 19, 2020
Paul Avazier
Jul 7, 2020
Erica Herrera
4h 00m
Jan 20, 2020
Erin Wettstone
Quite chilly, pretty hike! Lots of frozen water, icy falls, and mossy icicles! I like hiking in the winter. Downhill there, uphill back! 1.7mi
Nov 10, 2019
Adam Smith
1.3mi — 0h 57m
Oct 31, 2019
Hannah Hood
Joined into rose river loop for longer hike. — 10h 30m