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.
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.
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.
Gorgeous but crowded. Save this one for a weekday if possible.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Went on this hike today! It was beautiful!
I've hiked this several times! It's relatively easy, and I love how close you are able to get to the falls!
We did this a couple years ago. Not sure why I forgot to review it???? Nice trail, but rough coming back up.
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!
Really beautiful waterfall to photograph!
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.
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.
Fairly easy trail from sky line drive. We took 7 kids ranging in ages from 2 to 13. Two year old was carried half way on the way back up and the 2 ten year Olds didn't enjoy it as much but over all worth the little hike we did today
We took the kids with us (12, 10, 6, 2) and did the shorter (albeit a bit rougher) version from the Skyline Dr parking area.
The decent was great (always is) and compared to the Lewis Falls trail we tried the day before, was very easy to navigate for everyone (though the 2yo got a free ride :)
The falls were great and we had fun playing in the water at the upper pools....which was quite cool in September!
We then continued down to the lower area where it intersects with the Fire Road and cooked lunch (some Mountain House) on the little MSR stove we brought with us while looking at the bottom of the falls.
Was a great time, and though the ascent was a little arduous with a 2yo on my shoulders everyone made it out ok and we continued to hike elsewhere over the course of the day.