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    Dark Hollow Falls and Rose River Falls

    Luray, Virginia

    Dark Hollow Falls and Rose River Falls

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    "This loop hike is the best way to bag both Dark Hollow Falls and Rose River Falls. Most visitors reach Dark Hollow Falls via Skyline Drive. You will begin your trek on Rose River Fire Road, and gently descend to reach the lower Dark Hollow Falls Trail. Make the worthwhile 0.2-mile ascent to reach Dark Hollow Falls.

    Next, follow the Rose River Loop Trail downstream along Hogcamp Branch, passing numerous cascades along what is arguably the prettiest stream in Shenandoah National Park. Bridge Hogcamp Branch, and then pass the tailings of an old copper mine. Beyond here, the hike ascends the upper Rose River, passing Rose River Falls before returning to the trailhead."

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    Thompsons Station, TN
    Trailblazer | 619 pts
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    Great little loop with two lovely waterfalls. The trail became significantly more crowded around Dark Hollow Falls, as it's accessible from other trails. The loop gives a nice little workout. The first half descends along a beautiful river, and then ascends back to the ridge line.
    Centreville, VA
    Pathfinder | 116 pts
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    Excellent loop did the whole thing and saw great views and the nice falls, Started the loop going for the summit from the upper lot and finished at the falls. it was a great day and it was not crowded. this trail could get pretty dangerous though giving the right weather conditions. will definitely go back.
    Mooresville, NC
    Pathfinder | 103 pts
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    I did the Stone Mountain Loop with a side trip to the lower/middle falls, for a total of about 6.5 miles.

    The park is very easy to get to. Once you arrive, the facilities are pretty nice. There's plenty of parking and a large picnic area.

    The trail was wide, well-maintained and clearly marked. I never felt in danger of getting lost, even though it was my first time here.

    I did the Loop counterclockwise. The benefit of this approach is that it lets you save the falls for dessert.

    It's 1.4 miles from the stone chimney at the start of the Loop to the summit if you attack it in this direction, and you spend most of it zigzagging upwards.

    Once you get near the summit, the views over the mountain are spectacular.

    A word of caution - it's basically a great big exposed dome and I would be very careful about being stuck up here in the rain or ice because it would get unbelievably slick.

    Once you come down off the mountain - that long, amazing staircase and then the steps hewed into the side of the mountain - there's a long stretch of relatively easy hiking as you head around the loop to the southeast. I found this very calming and relaxing. I flew through this part. Take a couple of minutes to check out the old homestead and take in the view of the mountain's south face.

    The lower/middle falls are worth the mile-long side trip.

    The second big attraction is the big falls... 200', there are several observation points on the stairs. Be careful hopping rocks over the creek at the base of the falls.

    Finally, big stairs back up to the top of the trailhead... a final little workout.

    Parts of this hike were really beautiful, and it's close enough to me that I'll definitely be going back for another look, as well as to explore some of the side trails that I missed.

    Bring plenty of extra water because this is a thirsty hike. Be sure to bring a pole or a staff if you have one.
    Raleigh, NC
    Pathfinder | 90 pts
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    This is a good trail, although it is quite treacherous depending on which part of the Stone Mountain trail you hike. Coming down off of Stone Mountain is very steep slick rock and difficult for people who are not prepared for this. The rest of the trails are moderately difficult, but not dangerous. My wife and enjoyed the hike and the scenery on top of Stone Mountain is spectacular in several places. I would recommend that beginners go up to the top going the clockwise direction on Stone Mountain trail and then come back down the way they went up.

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