Dark Hollow Falls Trail [CLOSED]

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Shenandoah National Park

Dark Hollow Falls Trail is a 1.4 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail located near Stanley, Virginia that features a waterfall and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, and nature trips and is best used from April until October.

Distance: 1.4 miles Elevation Gain: 564 feet Route Type: Out & Back

kid friendly

hiking

nature trips

walking

forest

river

views

waterfall

wildlife

rocky

closed

no dogs

Many trailheads in this park are closed due to COVID-19. Please check the park website for up to date info on which trails are accessible. 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. A very popular hike at mile 50.7. There are some sitting rocks along the trail if you need to rest especially on your way back up. In the spring the blossoms of Mountain Laurel adorn the path with bright pink blossoms. The trail follows the Hogcamp Branch stream as it leaves the Big Meadows spring and eventually drops over the falls. The trail is cool and shaded by a canopy of trees that offers welcome relief in the summer. As you are hiking down listen to the sounds of the water and also to the sounds of nature. One of the birds that may serenade your hike is the Blue Headed Vireo. This neotropical migrant that breeds at high elevations in the park has a very sweet melodious voice that seems to say "Look-Up, In-the-Trees". If you happen to see a dragonfly it may be one of the uncommon species that requires pristine, shaded mountain streams. When you spot one of these you know you are in a special place. Near the bottom of the trail you will come to a viewing platform where you can see the top of the falls. If you continue another tenth of a mile down the trail you will reach the base of the falls for a much more impressive view. Legend says that Thomas Jefferson was quite fond of these falls and spent time quietly contemplating the wonders of nature at the foot of Dark Hollow falls. Learn about black bears, wildflowers, and enjoy the falls as President Thomas Jefferson did back in the day.

hiking
6 days ago

Great trail, very busy so plan ahead! Short trail and a good fall to see. We continued on rose river loop to see another fall and followed the trail by the road back.

hiking
bugs
muddy
1 month ago

We had such an awesome time hiking with our 6 & 10yr old. It’s was a beautiful day. Trail was a little muddy, not too crowded and my kids loved playing in the stream and taking in the sites. A perfect day!

hiking
muddy
2 months ago

hiking
muddy
rocky
2 months ago

Great hike for kids and family, you do have to hike up at to get back but it’s a pretty easy climb out. My girls (10,8,5) all had no issues and enjoyed the falls.

hiking
2 months ago

Great hike with the kids!

hiking
icy
rocky
3 months ago

Unfortunately I saw the “no dogs” sign when it was too late, however my doggies are just fine, and loved their experience! Great hike, I will do it again in the summer so I can swim.

hiking
icy
3 months ago

Great February hike that even my two teenagers loved. Watch for icy spots on the trail.

hiking
icy
3 months ago

The waterfall is beautiful!

hiking
icy
muddy
3 months ago

bird watching
muddy
4 months ago

hiking
4 months ago

i liked this trail but it may be a little tough coming back up for some if they are not use it elevation gains in a short distance. i was kind of surprised the falls had this much water in January. a really nice falls on a short trail makes this a must do and bring the kids. they'll love it. the skyline drive has so much more to offer than just a drive.

hiking
muddy
4 months ago

Enjoyed this trail, beautiful waterfall views! Extremely muddy when hiked so make sure you have proper shoes. Trekking sticks very helpful for way back up.

hiking
muddy
4 months ago

walking
4 months ago

Beautiful winter walk. Short in and out but def a workout returning if you arent used to it due to steep walking trail.

hiking
4 months ago

Great little trail. Hiked this a number of years ago with small children and in the winter fog. Just perfect.

hiking
5 months ago

Beautiful winter walk! Short and sweet with good challenge on the end. Falls view were so nice!

hiking
rocky
5 months ago

We went on a rainy and foggy day so we only passed 4 others on the trail - best part is we got to enjoy the falls alone! Fun, short trail with awesome views. Easy path - some areas are rocky but nothing crazy. We hiked all the way down to the bridge and where other paths crossed. Took about an hour roundtrip with stopping several times to enjoy the falls.

hiking
muddy
6 months ago

So pretty falls. The hike itself easy but the views are so incredible

hiking
6 months ago

Short out and back. Downhill towards the falls. Pretty falls.

hiking
6 months ago

This is such a great little hike! I'd say that the moderate rating is accurate because of the steep incline and decline especially when it's icy. But it's easy to navigate if you pay attention to your footing. I'm a sucker for a great waterfall and Dark Hallows does not disappoint. If you can manage to get down the hill safely, it's even more beautiful with icicles hanging all around it. Plus, Shenandoah NP is know for it's beautiful fall foliage, so the combo is really unbeatable if you go at just the right time in late fall.

hiking
6 months ago

Surprised at how crowded the trail was. Trail etiquette goes far. Hikers traversing uphill have the right of way. The falls were beautiful but, not worth it for the traffic on the trail.

hiking
rocky
6 months ago

hiking
6 months ago

Very beautiful and well maintained trail! It’s a short hike and it’s very heavily trafficked, hard to pass slower hikers but a great place to enjoy waterfall views.

hiking
off trail
6 months ago

hiking
6 months ago

Awesome waterfall

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