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Dark Hollow Falls, Shenandoah National Park

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Rating: 5 out of 5 by EveryTrail members
Difficulty: Moderate
Length: 0.7 miles
Duration: 1-3 hours
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Overview:  Dark Hollow Falls is one of the closest scenic falls to the Skyline Drive in Shenandoah National Park. Naturalists and photographers ... more »

Tips:  The trail starts at mile 50.7 on Skyline Drive, just north of Big Meadows. The route is 1.4 miles round-trip and like all falls along... more »

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Points of Interest

1. Dark Hollow Falls Trailhead

A very popular hike to the closest falls along Skyline Drive is the trail to Dark Hollow Falls at mile 50.7. It is a fairly easy 1.4 mile round trip hike to a beautiful waterfall. Like most of our waterfalls in the park the hikes are downhill which means you have to walk up hill on the way back. Make sure you know your limitations and plan to... More

2. CCC - Civilian Conservation Corps

The Great Depression that began in 1929 and lasted more than a decade brought with it some of the greatest challenges not only to the National park system but to the entire country. Like a fast moving avalanche the great depression blanketed the country with devastation and ruin. Dreams were shattered and lives were torn away from the comfort and ... More

3. Mountain Laurel

Mountain laurel puts on a spectacular show in the early summer usually beginning the first week in June. This woody evergreen shrub likes to grow in somewhat open areas like along the Limberlost trail, Dundo Overlook and Jenkins Gap in the park. It likes to grow in acid soils and is an indicator plant showing that you are in the oak chestnut... More

4. North Facing Slopes

Slopes facing a northerly direction get very little direct sunlight during the day. This makes the slope cool and moist with many plants that might be typical of a more northern climate. Maidenhair spleenwort is a typical fern that can be found on these cool moist slopes. Catawba Rhododendron also likes north facing slopes and can be seen in a few... More

5. Black Bear Populations

In the early 1900’s black bears had lost so much of their natural habitat that few were to be found in the Eastern and Central Virginia area. After the establishment of Shenandoah National Park, two bears were reported within park boundaries and by 1944 ten individual bears had been seen. By the early 1950’s a total of 75 bears had been reported ... More