Nicholson Hollow Hike in the Shenandoah National Park is a
quick day. As you ascend the well maintained
Nicholson Hollow Trail you will follow the Hughes River for
the entire hike ending with a great lunch spot at Corbin Cabin.
The only portion of the hike that might be a difficult is fording
the Hughes River and Brokenback Run at the beginning of the
Start by walking 0.5 miles to the end of SR600 at a concrete
post where SR600 ends and The Nicholson Hollow Trail goes to
the right. Go right on Nicholson Hollow Trail in about 75 yards
you need to cross both the Hughes River and Brokenback Run.
1.2 miles further Corbin Mountain Trail that comes in on the
left. Continue straight on Nicholson Hollow Trail and in another
0.5 miles pass the Hot/Short Mountain Trail that enters from
Cross Hannah Run continuing on the Nicholson Hollow trail
and pass the Hannah Run Trail entering from the right. At this
point the grade of the hike gets a steeper, continue for another
1.1 miles where you reach your destination, Corbin Cabin.
To return, retrace your route.
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Reviews For The Nicholson Hollow Hike (5 Most Recent)
A great hike for longer distance and smaller elevation gain. Along a stream much of the way. Corbin Cabin has a sign posted warning of copperhead snakes near one of the chimneys. I hung out on the porch for a while and didn't see any.
Date of Hike: Wednesday, June 22, 2016
This is a beautiful hike with lots of small waterfalls and swimming holes. It is also full of ticks. I've done plenty of hikes and found a tick or two but since I've been home (for three days now) I've pulled 20 plus ticks off of my two dogs. Unfortunately one of my dogs became quite ill due to his bites. This really is a great hike and we did it specifically so the dogs would have water all the way. Even though my boys are on flea and tick meds the bites alone caused one of my dogs to experience mild and temporary paralysis. I'm not complaining but I don't know that i'd suggest this hike for pet owners with tick sensitive dogst, at least not in the middle of the summer...
Date of Hike: Friday, August 07, 2015
This was a fabulous hike. Parked at Old Rag and hiked up to Corbin Cabin and back. Went with a friend and her eight year old daughter. Loved the solitude and water all the way up. Had fun playing in the water. Encountered a small yellow-ring snake at the cabin. If you are looking for a less traveled hike, look no further. This one's beautiful and I'm excited to return next month or sooner!
Date of Hike: Friday, June 06, 2014
This is a fantastic hike! I added some side trails to it to get to about 12 miles total. There are numerous swimming holes along the way. About 1 mile before you get to Corbin Cabin there is a campsite on the right and a beautiful swimming hole that is fed by numerous little waterfalls. I hiked on the way up and then ran back down -- trying to train my legs to run when tired. The water levels were about medium depth and each of the crossings was doable without getting wet, if you so choose. Will definitely do this again!
Date of Hike: Sunday, May 18, 2014
I chose to do this hike as a circuit. After walking the .5 miles from the Old Rag parking lot along Nethers Rd to the trail head, I followed Nicholson Hollow Trail for 3.4 miles to Corbin Cabin. Recent heavy rains made crossing the Hughes River difficult as the water was churning and moving swiftly. In spots, the water was above the knee - I believe there were four crossings on the way up to the cabin. Just past the cabin, I made a left onto Indian Run Trail - this is the most strenuous part of the hike as you will be hiking upward for most of the 1.6 miles before making a left onto Corbin Mountain Trail. Follow CMT for 3.8 miles to where it intersects with NHT again. Continue following NHT for another 1.3 miles to complete the circuit.
This is an outstanding hike if you enjoy the sound of rushing water, river/stream crossings and quite possibly, complete solitude, particularly on the IRT/CMT part of the circuit. I chose to jog CMT - it's not a difficult climb down - and surprised a black bear with two cubs.
As a circuit, this hike is moderately difficult, (2/3) mainly due to length of approx. 10.3 miles. While it will vary depending on the time of year, it rates a 4+ for streams, 5+ for solitude. I will definitely revisit Nicholson's Hollow in the fall.