Dark Hollow Falls

Vacation Travel Guide
Shenandoah National Park showing a river or creek and forests as well as a couple

A trip into the woods to walk past waterfalls is great for a family outing. Cool your feet and take some photos in this pretty area.

Dark Hollow Falls in Virginia’s Shenandoah National Park requires some exertion in the upward direction but it is easy to find and not a demanding trek, although it does have stairs. Wear sensible shoes, not flip-flops, to maximize the enjoyment of your outing.

The round trip on Dark Hollow Trail is 1.4 miles (2.2 kilometers) on well-maintained broad paths. Find the trailhead at the parking lot alongside a stream, Hogcamp Branch, that becomes a major source of the falls farther downstream.

The trail provides beautiful views of the falls near the bottom, with flat areas for superb photo opportunities. The elevation at the top of the falls is 3,429 feet (1,045 meters), with water cascading 70 feet (21 meters) over several tiers of rocky ledges. Resist the temptation to go near the water, as the wet rocks are frequently slippery.

After the water goes over these impressive falls, known as the upper Dark Hollow Falls, it continues to a gentler lower falls. Natural pools at the second falls make wading in the water safer. Once the water leaves this area it flows into Rose River. Turn around at this point to trek back up to the trailhead or continue on the Rose River Loop Trail where another falls is located.

Look for wildlife including whitetail deer and abundant bird species. Black bears are also found in the vicinity, most frequently seen in late summer or early fall. Many varieties of butterflies accompany hikers along the paths during warm weather.

If the upward trek seems too daunting for the return, an alternate path is along Fisher’s Gap Fire Road near the lookout of the same name. This provides a less rigorous ascent and is smooth enough for pushing a stroller.

Arrive early at the falls because it gets quite busy later in the day, particularly during warmer months and the colorful fall season. Low rainfall levels may limit the grandeur of the falls.

Find Dark Hollow Falls near the center of Shenandoah National Park on Skyline Drive. The falls are open year round. Pets are not allowed on this trail.

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Big Meadows Lodge
Big Meadows Lodge
3 out of 5
Mile 51.2 Skyline Drive, Luray, VA
Situated in a national park, this eco-friendly hotel is 1 mi (1.6 km) from Dark Hollow Falls and 2.8 mi (4.5 km) from Rose River Falls. Rapidan Camp and Wisteria ...
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"Everything was convenient and walkable to get to where I needed to be. Parking was very convenient. The bed was comfortable. Adequate choices on the menu. Servers were friendly and efficient. The room was small and basic. The room was damp and clothing did not dry out."

Reviewed on Sep 19, 2021

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Mountain Roots Lodging
Mountain Roots Lodging
Stanley, VA
Situated in the mountains, this condo building is 2 mi (3.2 km) from Harry F. Byrd Sr. Visitor Center and 2.8 mi (4.6 km) from Dark Hollow Falls. Jordan Hollow ...
4.4/5 Wonderful! (16 reviews)
Stanley
"Fabulous location for hikers. Simply walk up the fire road to the Appalachian Trail and the network of trails around Big Meadows. Also, a lovely porch with a view of the mountain sunset. We had a lovely weekend!"

Reviewed on Oct 18, 2021

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3.5 out of 5
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