Hike Dark Hollow Falls

Virginia Dark Hollow Falls Trailhead

Added by Christin Healey

This hike features a beautiful waterfall right off Skyline Drive and if located close to Big Meadows Campground and Lodge. You'll have the opportunity to photography both upper and lower cascades. Consider this short hike for a great break from driving, and family friendly if you have the kiddos. Please note this is one of the few hikes in SNP where dogs are sadly not allowed.

Catch the trailhead to these falls at mile 50.7 on Skyline Drive, just north of Big Meadows Lodge and Campground and the trailhead is just to the left of the parking lot. This is an easy 1.4 mile roundtrip hike, straight down to get to the falls, and straight up to arrive back at your car. Many people don't know there are actually two places to view different drops of the falls, so keep going to the second viewpoint for the complete experience. If you are planning on going during the weekend, arrive early or later in the afternoon as this is a very popular trail due to its proximity to Skyline Drive. Worth it though!

Pack List

  • Water
  • Camera
  • Sturdy hiking boots
  • Tripod to capture those falls!
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Fitness, Hiking, Photography, Running

Skill Level:



Spring, Summer, Autumn

Trail Type:



1.4 Miles



Easy Parking
Family Friendly
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7 days ago

Early is Best!

Love these falls. I can't wait to go back. I will certainly go very early though because as mentioned, it gets packed. It makes it very hard to hike back up when so many are coming down the trail. Rose River Falls loop is a great add on and less crowded.

7 days ago

4 months ago

Short Hike - Cool Waterfall

Quick and easy hike to a waterfall. Very crowded as it is easily accessible. Worth the short hike.

4 months ago

5 months ago

Beautiful Falls

As others have said-combining this waterfall with the Rose River Falls hike makes for a nice loop. But if only wanting a short hike, Dark Hollow Falls alone will suffice. Keep in mind the trail is quite steep, so you'll have to hike back up as far as you come down. I've spotted bears more than once in the stream to the right of the trail just a short distance down the trail from the parking lot.

5 months ago

12 months ago

Rose River Loop plus Dark Hollow Falls

I also did the Rose River Loop plus the Dark Hollow Falls add-on. Everything together is around 4 miles roundtrip. The falls are really beautiful!

12 months ago

about 1 year ago

The rating is for the falls! I have only done the Rose River Loop and added on Dark Hallow Falls as a side-trail. Definitely worth the extra tenth of a mile!

about 1 year ago

Added by Christin Healey

Explorer, adventure seeker, lover of life and all things creative.

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