Everything You Need to Know About the Dark Hollow Falls Trail

A stay at The Inn at Vaucluse Spring provides a calm retreat in nature. Let the worries of the outside world slip away as you relax at the picturesque property complete with 44 acres of countryside, gardens, and forests. Beyond the oasis of our inn, Northern Virginia continues the stunning landscapes of rolling hills and lush greenery. A hike down Dark Hollow Falls Trail in Shenandoah National Park is sure to take your breath away. This 1.5-mile trail through dense forest to cascading waterfalls is the perfect day trip for outdoor lovers!

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Challenging Hike

Challenge yourself to take the hilly journey of the Dark Hollow Falls Trail. Like most waterfall trails, the beginning of the hike leads down the mountain towards the bottom of the falls, then hikers face the task of climbing back up. The uphill walk is completely doable, and there are sitting rocks along the side of the trail in case you need to rest! The trail is kept cool by the canopy of trees, making it the perfect path during a summer day. In the fall, the entire forest floor is covered in a blanket of brightly colored leaves. Just be careful; these fallen leaves can get slippery!

The Dark Hollow Falls Trail View

A somewhat challenging hike is made worth it by the stunning view. You’ll know you are getting close as the sound of roaring water gets louder. There is a viewing platform towards the top of the falls, or you can continue down the path to the bottom of the falls for a more awe-inspiring perspective. The Hogcamp Branch of the Rose River tumbles down 70 feet over a series of drops into a cool, clear pool beneath. Take this chance to find solitude in the magical sound of the running water as patches of sunlight peek through the trees. According to some, Thomas Jefferson once roamed these falls to contemplate the wonders of nature. Feel the soft moss under your feet and rest a bit before making the climb back up the mountain away from the breathtaking falls.

What to Bring to Dark Hollow Falls Trail

While the most important thing to bring on your hike down Dark Hollow Falls Trail is your sense of adventure, there are a few other items that are useful! Sneakers or boots are definitely a must for the sloping climb. Some hikers even bring walking sticks to help with the incline! Make sure to pack plenty of water and snacks to keep your energy up during the hike. The Inn at Vaucluse Spring can even pack you a picnic to eat at the falls or after at one of the many areas in Shenandoah National Park!

After Hiking Dark Hollow Falls Trail, Retreat to The Inn at Vaucluse Spring

After your adventure through the Dark Hollow Falls Trail, retreat to The Inn at Vaucluse Spring. Continue to enjoy the scenery of Northern Virginia when you stay in The Randolph Room. This room features a queen size sleigh bed, Jacuzzi tub, wooden details, and morning sunrise views over rolling pastureland. Wake up to a delicious three-course breakfast to prepare you for your next Shenandoah Valley adventure! Book your stay today!