A September 2005 trip
to Shenandoah National Park by candycorey
Quote: We spent a weekend camping at Big Meadows Campground in the Shenendoah National Park.
The hike down to Dark Mountain Falls is generally very enjoyable. The trip to the falls consists of mostly downhill terrain. Part of the trail is actually a trail; other parts are a little trickier, as they require crossing rocks and very shallow riverbeds (think large puddle). Once you reach the falls, the view is excellent. It’s a nice spot to stop and take a few pictures. However, the break area is not large enough to accommodate crowds of people, which forces visitors to take on their return shortly after arriving. The return climb is exactly that, a climb. It is pretty much all uphill and will take your breath away - literally. Be sure to carry plenty of water and take frequent breaks. If you are pursuing this hike with small children, be aware that you might be carrying them back for significant portions. Be sure to pack your camera. Despite the downhill and uphill climb, you will have the opportunity to take some incredible pictures!
Member Rating 4 out of 5 on October 24, 2005
Dark Hollow Falls
Mile 50.7 At Skyline Drive
Shenandoah National Park, Virginia 22835-9036