Dark Hollow Trail

HARD 40 reviews
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Dark Hollow Trail is a 6.2 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Syria, VA that features a waterfall and is rated as difficult. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, nature trips, and birding and is accessible year-round.

6.2 miles 1587 feet Loop

birding

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nature trips

walking

forest

river

views

waterfall

wild flowers

moderate hike, two waterfalls, tons of wildlife Circuit passes Rose River falls and the site of an old copper mine. Erosion has all but obliterated all traces of this mine. The circuit continues on past Dark Hollow Falls and offers view points from the Appalachain Trail as it circles the Big Meadows picnic and camping areas.

23 days ago

hiking
26 days ago

did it years ago I lived up on the mountain as a cook for the summer The Falls were amazing Big Meadows is beautiful only downfall to many people but what do you expect on skyline

hiking
1 month ago

Challenging and beautiful! Only downside was the million other people on the route, but the farther you go on the trail, the fewer people there are.

3 months ago

Gorgeous but crowded. Save this one for a weekday if possible.

hiking
3 months ago

Good hike. I'd say it's moderate with the exception of dark hollow falls ascent. If you take the fire road then ascend the falls the backtrack and do rose creek the loop is a little harder.

hiking
4 months ago

2 beautiful waterfalls. Go all the way to the top. Would recommend the Rose River to Dark Hollow combination. plenty of places to wade/swim.

hiking
4 months ago

Really nice trails. Saw several Bear along the way and hiking along the water for most of the hike is a really nice added bonus, especially when you can get cooked off at any moment. This loop is about a 5hr trip if you stop and take pictures and just enjoy the entirety of it. Highly recommended for this area.

5 months ago

hiking
7 months ago

Hiked this trail last week. Took the Skyline and park at the Byrd Visitor Center. Just follow the Dark Hollow Falls trail to the falls, continued on to the Rose River Loop. It was beautiful hike.

hiking
7 months ago

This trail features a fascinating water fall and we even took a detour to a second water fall that was just as beautiful. The only reason I gave it a 4 is because the trail is heavily trafficked. Other than that, it is a great hike for views and physical activity.

-K&J

7 months ago

Went on this hike today! It was beautiful!

8 months ago

Solid train!

9 months ago

hiking
9 months ago

I've hiked this several times! It's relatively easy, and I love how close you are able to get to the falls!

hiking
10 months ago

We did this a couple years ago. Not sure why I forgot to review it???? Nice trail, but rough coming back up.

hiking
11 months ago

Nice trail alongside a stream. Moderate decline going to the falls and moderate incline coming back up. Pretty popular in peak times, but in winter it's not too busy. The waterfall is beautiful and has many great angles for photographers. Good beginner/amateur hiker trail. I would hike it again!

hiking
1 year ago

Really beautiful waterfall to photograph!

1 year ago

The place was beautiful. Both waterfalls were amazing. You are far enough away from civilization/people but there was just enough other hikers there to help if something happened. I am going to make Shenandoah a must hike area from now on.

1 year ago

walking
1 year ago

It was okay. Good challenging hike down and back up from the falls. Just very crowded when we reached the falls and it wasn't really enjoyable to try and take pictures with a bunch of kids climbing all over the rocks and to the top parts of the fall so we didn't stay long. Might try to go back when it's not a hot summer day too.