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Hike Dark Hollow Falls

Stanley, Virginia

based on 12 reviews



1.4 miles

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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!

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The hike was pretty easy. It was a little steep and slippery towards the end, but as long as you pay attention, you should be fine. The view at the end was totally worth it!

Dark Hollow Falls is a relatively quick hike, albeit with some good elevation change. The falls themselves have a few stopping points on your way down to the bottom of the hike that you can stop at to capture some cool shots. Take an ND filter with you to smooth out the water and you'll really get some nice pics. It's not overly steep, more gradual but about 440 ft of elevation change in total.

This is a great hike off Skyline Drive! It's simple and beautiful, with a wonderful waterfall at the end and many small cascades along the way. Well worth the stop!

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