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Dark Hollow Falls Trail

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 4.6 (17)

Of all the waterfalls in Shenandoah NP, Dark Hollow Falls is the easiest to get to.


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Map Key

0.9

Miles

1.4

KM

Point to Point

3,414' 1,041 m

High

2,874' 876 m

Low

3' 1 m

Up

544' 166 m

Down

12%

Avg Grade (7°)

34%

Max Grade (19°)

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Features River/Creek · Waterfall · Wildflowers · Wildlife

Description

Access the trailhead at the north end of the Dark Hollow Falls parking area. It crosses a stream and then goes downhill along its left bank. This is Hogcamp Branch, which drains Big Meadows Swamp and becomes the principal tributary of Rose River.

The trail descends easily for 0.6 mile to the head of the falls. You must stay on the trail here. There's no view from the top of the falls, and the rocks there are slippery and dangerous. The trail swings away from the stream and goes uphill for a few feet before swinging right and descending to the base of the falls. On the trail between the top and bottom of the falls, you'll pass a tremendous rock that looms on your left, just where the trail swings sharply to the right. Except in dry summer months, water constantly trickles and drips down the face of this rock, promoting the growth of mosses, ferns, and liverworts. On cold winter days there's an enchanting display of stalactites and stalagmites of ice.

There's a fine view of the falls from the bottom. The water drops 70 feet, in a series of cascades, over the crumbling greenstone of an ancient lava flow.

Below the falls, the trail descends another 145 feet in about 300 yards to the Rose River Fire Road, passing a number of small cascades, and then intersecting with a small waterfall that some call the lower Dark Hollow Falls.

You can return by the way you came, or cross the Rose River Fire Road and access the Rose River Loop Trail to explore further.

Thanks to Larry W. Brown, for sharing this trail description. If you’re interested in learning more details about great hikes, weather, camping / lodging, wildlife, and scenic drives, check out the comprehensive Guide to Shenandoah National Park.

Flora & Fauna

Black Bears and Whitetail Deer are often seen along the Dark Hollow Trail.

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Shared By:

Larry W Brown

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Photos

Night shot of Dark Hollow Falls
Sep 30, 2017 near Stanley, VA
Dark Hollow Falls (night shot)
Sep 30, 2017 near Stanley, VA
Dark Hollow Falls
Mar 19, 2016 near Stanley, VA
Dark Hollow Falls (Autumn)
Sep 30, 2017 near Stanley, VA
A view of the waterfall at the bottom of the Dark Hollow Trail.
Mar 19, 2016 near Stanley, VA
View from the trail
Jun 21, 2022 near Stanley, VA

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Aug 15, 2022
Jason S
Start of hike. — 10h 37m
May 16, 2022
Bear Rinehart
Oct 14, 2021
Staci Vaske
Sep 3, 2021
Mandy Chen
Will go
Aug 19, 2021
Matthew Alexander
Mar 28, 2021
Lacy Jordan White
Steep for kiddos
Oct 10, 2020
cody fontenot
Family hike 2mi — 1h 30m
Sep 21, 2020
Michael Yates