Dark Hollow Falls Trail

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Dark Hollow Falls Trail is a 1.5 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Syria, Virginia that features a waterfall and is rated as difficult. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, nature trips, and birding and is best used from April until October.

DISTANCE
1.5 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
593 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

birding

hiking

nature trips

walking

forest

views

waterfall

wild flowers

wildlife

rocky

no dogs

Dark Hollow Falls is one of the closest scenic falls to the Skyline Drive in Shenandoah National Park. Learn about black bears, wildflowers, and enjoy the falls as President Thomas Jefferson did back in the day.

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7 days ago

Sarah Hettel's review summed up this hike. Gorgeous falls, tough on the way back but totally worth it!

walking
10 days ago

We went on a Sunday, so it was moderately trafficked (I don't really like crowds and I wasn't bother by the amount of people, so, not that bad). The trail is about .75 out and the same distance back (so around 1.5 mi total). I thought the water falls were totally worth it. The entire way to the falls is basically down hill, and back to the road (skyline dr) is pretty steep uphill. good little workout for the distance. There were a lot of kids and older people doing it so I thought "okay Sarah, don't psych yourself out. not that hard". a lot of people stop right when they get to "the falls" but you can go a lot lower (trail is not over!) and get super close to a tiny waterfall and a little pool of water. equally beautiful and no one was down there. happy hiking!

10 days ago

lots of fun. a great hike for kids

10 days ago

Pretty busy but worth it

hiking
11 days ago

Its not a long hike but coming back is a little steep. Lots of steps and inclines to traverse over. It was a very fun trail with a nice waterfall following down. Would take it again if I could.

hiking
11 days ago

1 month ago

Revisited this falls after a rainy day and it was stunning! Short hike but hiking upwards was very steep

hiking
1 month ago

1 month ago

Really not that hard, over crowded near the top, and views weren't all that either. Probably won't do it again, but it beats a day at work. First view of the falls requires very little effort or distance.

hiking
1 month ago

hiking
1 month ago

Fun family hike, but can be steep at various points. It was also very popular and quite crowded. If you're looking for a "park and hike" type of adventure, this is a good one. But if you are looking for a trail without a ton of people, check out another place. We saw 3 black bears on the trail today. :) The kids had a lot of fun and it was solid family bonding time. Also keep an eye out for the little fairy home built at the base of a tree near the trail head. My daughter (who's a big fan of the Trolls movie) loved it. :)

hiking
1 month ago

Was an easy hike the trail is clearly marked and lot of small waterfalls the whole way down

1 month ago

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1 month ago

Not a hard trail. Loads of traffic . Brilliant waterfalls.