• Activities:

    Photography, Running, Hiking, Fitness

  • Skill Level:

    Beginner

  • Season:

    Spring, Summer, Autumn

  • Trail Type:

    Out-and-Back

  • RT Distance:

    1.4 Miles

Easy Parking
Family Friendly
Food Nearby
Scenic
Waterfall

This hike features a beautiful waterfall right off Skyline Drive and if located close to Big Meadows Campground and Lodge. You'll have the opportunity to photography both upper and lower cascades. Consider this short hike for a great break from driving, and family friendly if you have the kiddos. Please note this is one of the few hikes in SNP where dogs are sadly not allowed.

Catch the trailhead to these falls at mile 50.7 on Skyline Drive, just north of Big Meadows Lodge and Campground and the trailhead is just to the left of the parking lot. This is an easy 1.4 mile roundtrip hike, straight down to get to the falls, and straight up to arrive back at your car. Many people don't know there are actually two places to view different drops of the falls, so keep going to the second viewpoint for the complete experience. If you are planning on going during the weekend, arrive early or later in the afternoon as this is a very popular trail due to its proximity to Skyline Drive. Worth it though!

Pack List

  • Water
  • Camera
  • Sturdy hiking boots
  • Tripod to capture those falls!
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A very short hike with a nice relaxing multi-tiered waterfall as the payoff. You're able to explore and climb around the different tiers and segments of the falls making it fun to photograph. Does get crowded so you'll have to be patient to get the pictures you want.

9 months ago
9 months ago

Dark hollow falls is an easy trip down to spectacular views, especially if we've had a decent rain season. Be mindful that the hike back to the lot is a steady incline most of the way.

10 months ago
10 months ago

This is a very beautiful waterfall and is very popular because of the short hike and because its right next to Big Meadow Campground. This is a great hike for families; Ive taken both my boys (1 and 4) down to the falls with no problem. If you are filling adventurous you can hike the "Three Falls Loop" which will take you to see Dark Hollow Falls, Rose River Falls, and Lewis Spring Falls for a total of 6.1 miles.

about 1 year ago
about 1 year ago

Very short and sweet with a cool waterfall. Not quite sure why it's not dog friendly though as it is not difficult and there are no rock scrambles.

over 1 year ago
over 1 year ago

Love these falls. I can't wait to go back. I will certainly go very early though because as mentioned, it gets packed. It makes it very hard to hike back up when so many are coming down the trail. Rose River Falls loop is a great add on and less crowded.

over 1 year ago
over 1 year ago

Quick and easy hike to a waterfall. Very crowded as it is easily accessible. Worth the short hike.

over 1 year ago
over 1 year ago

As others have said-combining this waterfall with the Rose River Falls hike makes for a nice loop. But if only wanting a short hike, Dark Hollow Falls alone will suffice. Keep in mind the trail is quite steep, so you'll have to hike back up as far as you come down. I've spotted bears more than once in the stream to the right of the trail just a short distance down the trail from the parking lot.

almost 2 years ago
almost 2 years ago

I also did the Rose River Loop plus the Dark Hollow Falls add-on. Everything together is around 4 miles roundtrip. The falls are really beautiful!

over 2 years ago
over 2 years ago

The rating is for the falls! I have only done the Rose River Loop and added on Dark Hallow Falls as a side-trail. Definitely worth the extra tenth of a mile!

over 2 years ago
over 2 years ago

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