Dark Hollow Falls Trail

MODERATE 276 reviews
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Dark Hollow Falls Trail is a 1.4 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Syria, Virginia that features a waterfall and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, nature trips, birding, and horses and is best used from April until October. Horses are also able to use this trail.

DISTANCE
1.4 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
564 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

kid friendly

birding

hiking

horseback riding

nature trips

walking

beach

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. This is a fairly easy walk down, but the trek back up on the way out may be slightly challenging. Learn about black bears, wildflowers, and enjoy the falls as President Thomas Jefferson did back in the day.

1 day ago

Easy hike going down. Pretty steep coming up.

hiking
1 day ago

After heading down the trail (which, due to being a bit steep at times, was a little rough on the knees ... but otherwise enjoyable) we took time to sit and listen to the cascading waterfall at the bottom of the trail. (Along with about a billion other people ... okay, not really that many, but when you're trying to enjoy the sights and sounds of nature ... it kinda looked and sounded like it.

2 days ago

My Wolfpack and I conquered this trail... The river runs down beside the trail the entire way to the waterfall, are you strong enough to join my Wolfpack?

nature trips
3 days ago

In every season this trail is absolutely stunning. I enjoy this trail the most during Autumn season.

hiking
5 days ago

I went through on a Monday morning around 6:30 am. No one around until I was on my way out. Nice loop. Beautiful scenery and sounds of the falls.

hiking
5 days ago

well traveled hike. a lot of foot traffic. easy down. moderate up.

hiking
6 days ago

This is such a beautiful hike. Its fun going down it and it only takes like 15-20mins but once you’re ready to head back up its a bit of a climb. However it is really beautiful. The water fall goes all the way to the bottom right before the Rose River trail starts. Its a must see.

hiking
10 days ago

The falls are lovely but this is a highly trafficked trail and many people go down this trail to see the falls and struggle hard to get back up. It won’t be a problem If you’re in good shape/hike a lot and it is definitely worth seeing. If you are taking small children, older family members or injured hikers with you, consider going to the lower falls via the horse trail. It is much easier with a pretty flat trail in and out. The lower falls are quite as spectacular but still pretty and much easier to access.

hiking
12 days ago

Very popular trail. Pretty short, I did it in an hour and a half. Good for beginners in good health. The water was very pretty all the way down and there was even a small pool of water at the bottom that you could swim in. Long drive to get to the trail head but there are several other trails to fill in the rest of your day.

hiking
14 days ago

Nice trail. It was the only trail we hiked with a packed parking lot. We did this trail after a morning on Marys Rock. The view of the falls from the bottom is really nice (with people everywhere). The trek back up was fine, even after a fall from the day before.

hiking
21 days ago

Beautiful hike, good workout on the way back up!

hiking
23 days ago

It was gorgeous! I loved it the whole way there! Worked up a good sweat on the way back up.

hiking
29 days ago

Perfect for some quality time with fantastic photo opportunities! The Falls were great but you still have to be physically fit to endure this trek round trip. Plan about 1.5 hrs with kids and fun at the Falls.

1 month ago

Great trail, lots of wildlife, beautiful waterfall

1 month ago

Great waterfall!!! The track back is challenging but so worth it, the waterfall is lovely.

1 month ago

Great family hike, enjoyed the falls! Easy walk down, a little bit rough on the way back out.

hiking
1 month ago

Very Rocky, overall a great challenge.

hiking
1 month ago

A great little hike that is often far too crowded. If you go early you can miss most of the rush, but otherwise you may not even be able to park at the trailhead. It seems easy on the way down but it's a good grade and the return trip can be hard for novice hikers. Even with the extra height, you can't skip out on going to the base of the falls - it's amazing. If you want, bring a towel and take a dip along the way. The COLD water will get you energized!

hiking
1 month ago

Scenic but can be crowded by the falls at times. A good one to stretch your legs a bit when driving all of skyline drive in a day

hiking
1 month ago

short and sweet. however the closer to the falls you get the steeper the trail gets. i found that people with bad knees or backs had some trouble making it to the falls.

1 month ago

I loved this hike so much. The walk back is not easy, but so worth it.

1 month ago

Absolutely gorgeous!

hiking
1 month ago

beautiful hike, lots of fun. It's a bit of a climb but I did not find the trail particularly difficult. Would definitely recommend.

hiking
2 months ago

I am not sure why this hike is rated hard but I though it was really easy. There are no crazy parts on the trail. The trail runs along a creek and you are treated to a amazing waterfall view from the bottom.

2 months ago

Fantastic hike! It was challenging, but I made plenty of stops to rest and drank lots of water. The falls were amazing!

2 months ago

Falls are wicked fun !

2 months ago

Great hike uphill on the way back, but nice. Made it easily for a 61 yr old

2 months ago

great trail. Falls were beautiful thanks to lots of rain. We would rate it moderate difficulty.

2 months ago

great hike. very scenic

hiking
2 months ago

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