Height: 70 feet
Trail Type: Dirt and stairs
Hike Distance: 1.2 miles round trip
Of the waterfalls accessed via Skyline Drive in Shenandoah National Park, this one is the easiest – and I use that word very loosely here. Because of the way the rocks are shaped and angled, you can’t really see the entire falls unless you stand in the middle of the creek – and even then, if there are tons of leaves on the trees, it’s still difficult.
Despite that, it’s a cool place to hang out in the summer. There’s enough of a canopy that the sun won’t be beating down on you. If you’re more adventurous, you can even pop a squat at the base and take a bath (preferably with your clothes still on).
The huge and obvious parking area is located near Milepost 51 on Skyline Drive.
The hike down to Dark Hollow Falls is all downhill, so you might think it’s pretty easy. And while some people may argue that going down is actually more difficult because of the strain it puts on your knees, I will always insist that going up is the hard part. For the most part, the descent isn’t even that bad until you get to the stairs. But somehow, walking back up on your way back to your car is so much more difficult, hence the higher difficulty rating.