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Hollow Brook - Buzzard Hill

Great waterfall, ruins, and campsites on summit
Rating: 5 out of 5 by EveryTrail members
Difficulty: Moderate
Length: 3.6 miles
Duration: 1-3 hours
Family Friendly

Overview:  Great hike along part of the AT, with a sidetrail to a very unique waterfall and ruins!!

This hike takes you along part of the AT to ... more »


  • bug spray
  • lunch
  • plenty of water for the 2 strenuous sections.
  • hiking poles or stick for the rocks and stream crossing

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Points of Interest

1. parking lot

remote parking lot, gravel road.

the road can be steep, may not try it in the winter without a 4 wheel drive vehicle.

2. trailhead

trailhead, starts out steep up until the 1st ridge.

then its flat!

this hike follows part of the AT, white blazes all the way (except the side trail to the waterfall)

3. trail view

trail view, still steep up til the ridgeline.

4. typical vegetation in early spring

typical vegetation close to the stream in early spring

5. stream crossing

stream crossing, plenty of rocks, easy crossing.

6. intersection

intersection, left trail marked white AT blazes goes up to the summit, while the right unmarked trail goes to the waterfall area....

cant miss these waterfalls, it is one of the most unique i have seen and well worth the time.

7. waterfall views

waterfall views

may require crossing the stream which is more difficult in this area, to fully view the upper part of the falls.

multiple photo opportunities here.

must see!

this is one of the most unique falls i have seen, and ive been all over the shenandoah.

8. possible campsite, message rock

this is "message rock" with the usual graffiti.

possible campsite

9. up to the ridge

last climb to the ridgeline, small rocky garden... watch your stepping here.

10. flat strolling through the woods

easy going here, through the woods

11. building ruins

small building ruins of rocks

12. another possible campsite here

another campsite here with trees for overhanging tarps etc.

13. climb to the summit, short

short climb to the summit

14. summit views

summit views in a burnt out area.

15. campsite with firecircle

great campsite at the summit with firecircle of rocks.

the surrounding area has been burned and cleared.