Ready to branch out a bit with the kids and move up from your neighborhood walking trail? Dark Hollow Falls trail offers beautiful scenery while following along a creek to a picturesque waterfall. This trail is well maintained and is not too challenging for little people on foot. Trail safety includes watching out for mud and keeping everyone on the trail.
You will work up an appetite as you’re walking your way back up. Big Meadow is a stone’s throw away from the parking area and is the perfect place to picnic. Bring your own picnic or purchase food at the meadow during store hours. As always, when hiking in Northern Virginia, bring plenty of water and give yourself a thorough tick check soon after your hike.
- What: Dark Hollow Falls Hiking Trail
- Who: Anyone who can walk without assistance (I haven’t seen jogging strollers used.)
- Where: Shenandoah National Park just north east of “The Meadow” at Big Meadows
- When: January through mid-November, but best to avoid cold, wet conditions
- Cost: $30 per vehicle for a 7 consecutive days pass. Annual passes are available for $55. Check the NPS website for free park entrance days and promotions (such as free 4th grade passes).
Trail Head: Shenandoah National Park, Skyline Dr., Stanley, VA 22851
Shenandoah offers many trails to explore. If you think hiking could be your thing, get more out of your adventures by doing some homework ahead. Guides like this one on Hobby Help offer a wealth of information to get you started on your journey.
*As with any activity or event, confirm all details with the organization before attending and check for up to date public health and safety information.
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