Dark Hollow via Appalachian Trail and Story of the Forest Trail

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Dark Hollow via Appalachian Trail and Story of the Forest Trail is a 6 mile moderately trafficked loop 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 accessible year-round.

DISTANCE
6.0 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
1564 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Loop

birding

hiking

nature trips

walking

forest

river

views

waterfall

wild flowers

no dogs

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.

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2 months ago

This is a wonderfully scenic trail but you will earn it. A difficult trail for all but the most fit hikers. You will earn your rest on this one. My wife and i were on the trail at 9am on a Saturday and surprised to find we still had it all to ourselves. Traffic did increase by noon but still wasn't heavy.

I would like to propose a name change to Alltrail for this trail as its current designation is inadequate and misleading. I'm calling it the Rose River Trail-Dark Hollow Falls Loop.

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3 months ago

This was an amazing trail. The waterfalls were beautiful and the trails were pretty well marked.

4 months ago

The second half of the trail is a solid workout. Both the falls are nice, but crowded. I would do again on a weekday.

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4 months ago

i visited this trail for my birthday, and even wore my dress whites.

the bugs that landed on my uniform had no respect.

4 months ago

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5 months ago

Nice to be able to hike right from our campsite! Very crowded on the stretch from the road to Dark Hollow falls, but few hikers in the rest of the hike.

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6 months ago

This is a beautiful hike. Not difficult at all. Lots of wild life!

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11 months ago

did it years ago I lived up on the mountain as a cook for the summer The Falls were amazing Big Meadows is beautiful only downfall to many people but what do you expect on skyline

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Monday, October 10, 2016

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.