Rose River Fire Road is a hiking, biking, and horse trail in Madison County, Virginia. It is within Shenandoah National Park. It is 6.1 miles long and begins at 1,162 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 12.2 miles with a total elevation gain of 2,317 feet. The Dark Hollow Church (historical) (elevation 2,864 feet) place of worship can be seen along the trail. There is also a grave yard along the trail.
Rose River Fire Road Professional Reviews and Guides
"The Rose River hike offers two falls, but they're so close together, one entry makes more sense. Reaching the lower drop requires a seriously dangerous scramble!Rose River is more or less your standard Shenandoah woodland hike-rocky, not brutally steep, but not easy-until you reach the falls. The upper falls is smaller but also the perfect place for a picnic and to take pictures. What seems to be a little forest stream burbling over rocks can turn into a stunner of a waterfall."
--Andy Thompson, Hiking Waterfalls in Virginia (Falcon Guides).
"This circuit hike traces an old transmountain turnpike linking Shenandoah Valley on the west side of the Blue Ridge with Gordonsville on the east side. It first passes the Cave Cemetery, where residents who lived in this area, known as Dark Hollow, are interred. Take a side trip to Dark Hollow Falls, then descend gorgeous Hogcamp Branch to an old copper mine, with relics still visible. The hike then climbs past scenic Rose River Falls, offering more natural beauty."
--Johnny Molloy, Hiking through History Virginia (Falcon Guides).
"The trail provides access to a number of pools and cascades, including Rose River Falls. Rose River Falls is a delightful series of large cascades that drop gently over a distance of several hundred yards. After each rush, the creek seems to regroup at a quiet pool, then hurry forward once again. You can follow the trail down to the falls and retrace your steps, but it is much more rewarding to make this a loop hike, dropping down to the falls, then continuing out and back along the Hogcamp Branch, eventually returning to the Fishers Gap Overlook parking lot via the wide and heavily used Rose River Fire Road."
--Bert & Jane Gildart, Hiking Shenandoah National Park (Falcon Guides).
"With two waterfalls and an easy loop around Big Meadows, this hike makes for a good outing. Lest you think it is too easy, the climb out of Dark Hollow will make sure you get a good workout—surrounded by great views, of course.The Rose River and Dark Hollow loop is a mild one, giving plenty of options for pausing to enjoy the views as you walk. The trail starts from the amphitheater area. Look for a path just to the left of it, and follow it to the intersection with the Appalachian Trail (AT)."
--Jennifer Adach and Michael R. Martin, AMC's Best Day Hikes in The Shenandoah Valley (Appalachian Mountain Club Books).
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