Dark Hollow Falls Trail

MODERATE 453 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, and birding 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

bird watching

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.

hiking
1 day ago

Nice hike with some beautiful waterfalls! The hike down is easy because you start at the top and walk down the falls, so the way up is more challenging.

hiking
1 day ago

Beautiful mostly easy alongside River lots of waterfalls

hiking
2 days ago

nice little hike, the return is a little demanding, but the falls down are worth it!

hiking
3 days ago

Great hike. Beautiful all the way down. Amazing plants and falls are gorgeous. The climb back up is long and steep. There are roots and rocks. Bring water and make sure you wear the proper shoes. I saw a lot of people with inappropriate footwear for the trail.

hiking
3 days ago

Love this trail... might take longer with little ones in tow but fun for everyone!

hiking
4 days ago

We hike this every year!

hiking
4 days ago

Great hike for a short out and back hike. The hike down is deceptively steep, which you definitely notice coming back up. Lots of places to explore the falls to get away from the crowds, too.

hiking
8 days ago

Lovely little hike in a nice shaded area. Remember that it's all downhill on the way to the falls, which means all uphill on the way back. If you want to get all the views of the falls, be sure to continue down the trail past the first "big" falls. You'll come to a bridge/fire road. Once you're there, you've reached the final viewpoint.

hiking
rocky
8 days ago

Trail is a challenge as it’s rocky and deceptively steep on way down which you’ll pay for on the way up. Saw a lot of out of shape folks doing this trail and wondered how many would trip and fall, turn around or suffer some cardiac event on way up. I think seeing water falls attracts a lot of folks who shouldn’t be on this trail.

hiking
10 days ago

Neat waterfall at the end of the trail. This was my first ever trail in Shenendoah

hiking
11 days ago

Beautiful waterfalls. Saw a bear running around at the end of the trail.

hiking
11 days ago

Nice trail along the stream and falls. Downhill in and uphill out. Not to difficult with plenty of places to take a break.

hiking
12 days ago

Short hike with a really pretty waterfall.

hiking
bugs
rocky
13 days ago

hiking
15 days ago

Good out and back with lots of spots to get in the water and take pictures. No dogs allowed but people don’t care and bring them anyway so watch your step

hiking
15 days ago

Uneventful, but decent little stretch before the full White Oak Canyon down/up.

hiking
16 days ago

Great. short hike to see waterfalls. Most of the hike follows a stream. Steep going back up, but before you know it, it's over. This is a very busy place. On the weekends, parking lot is often full and you sometimes have to park on grass.

hiking
17 days ago

Super quick hike. Took us less than an hour and we hung out at the bottom near the waterfall for a bit. Steep hike but well worth it for the beautiful waterfall. Was super crowded when we went so recommend going early.

hiking
18 days ago

Great hike, gorgeous waterfall, make sure you go all the way to the end. Hike back out was a bit rough at times but well worth it. Even mama bear and two cubs!

hiking
18 days ago

I absolutely loved this trail. I would not say this is kid friendly like the other previews said. It’s all downhill and on the way back it’s all up hill. I saw several parents carrying their little ones up the hill. Beautiful sight! Highly recommend!

hiking
20 days ago

Amazing trail. Not difficult with very small elevation climb on the way back out. The waterfall views are incredible and we saw a black bear cross right in front of us! I highly recommend this to anyone who wants great views with only mild to moderate hiking required.

hiking
20 days ago

Worth the short hike, make sure you go down to the lower viewing area for the true view of the waterfall.

hiking
23 days ago

Family friendly! 1 1/2 hrs with time for kids to poke in the water.

hiking
23 days ago

Short hike to waterfalls. Nice because the trail follows along side the water most of the way so you get to enjoy the sound of the water as you hike. Plenty of shade. Trail can be slippery after a rain. Be prepared for a steep hike back up! Lots of traffic on the trail.

hiking
rocky
24 days ago

A nice stretch of the legs to a lovely waterfall. Nicely shaded, so the climb back up doesn’t get too overheated.

hiking
25 days ago

Short fairly easy hike that means it is heavily trafficked. 1st half all down hill alongside the water then return uphill on some trail. Worth the time, go early or later in the to avoid crowds. Very scenic waterfall and good for those family pics!

hiking
rocky
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hiking
26 days ago

One busy trail but quite pretty. It’s short but still a workout.

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