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3.8 mls
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2.0 hours plus a half hour for lunch
860 ft
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Important 2018 Note: You can no longer park on Morgans Mill Rd. VA605 where the Appalachian Trail crosses. Three are No Parking signs on either side of the road and reports indicate if you do park there you can receive a ticket or potentially be towed.

This short out/back hike has a beautiful waterfall at the top of Hollow Brook, with a nice walk up to the summit of Buzzard Hill as well. Close to the Washington D.C. metro area, this is another hike that is perfect when you can't make it out to the bigger mountains. At only 3.8 miles, this is fun for all skill levels.

This hike is at its best in the spring, or after it's been raining.

From the parking on Morgan Mill Rd., start uphill/north on the white blazed Appalachian Trail (AT) as it climbs the first ridge. Begin descending into Reservoir Hollow on the other side of the ridge and arrive at the main stream in 0.7 miles.

Cross the stream, then immediately on the other side look for a small unblazed trail that follows the stream uphill. In 40 yards pass a small campsite, then continue to follow the trail for another 50 yards to the base of the main waterfall.

From the waterfall head back down to the AT and turn right/north. In another 0.3 miles pass the ruins of one of the many old homesteads in this section of the AT.

Continue following the AT, then in another 0.4 miles pass through a small saddle between ridges and another nice campsite.

Continue uphill for 0.2 miles passing yet another campsite on the right near the top of Buzzard Hill, and in 25 yards there is an unmarked trail that leads to the summit. Turn left and follow the trail for 50 yards to the main summit.

To return, retrace your route south on the AT back to the parking area on Morgan Mill Rd.

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Hiker Reviews For The Hollow Brook Hike (5 Most Recent)
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By: Heidi W Rating: Date of Hike: Sunday, February 24, 2019
Fantastic hike for clearing out the winter cobwebs, so to speak. Took my 13 yo niece and I about 3 hours, but we spent quite a bit of time at the vista and the main waterfall. Area had quite a bit of rain the few days before, so trail was quite muddy in several spots...(we were prepared for muddy, so not a big deal.) The plus side of all the rain was that the waterfall had tons of water. Also looked like the winter/storm has been hard on this trail. A lot of fallen trees across several spots on the trail. Nothing spring clean up crews won't be able to take care of...also nothing you can't navigate around. I've already recommended this hike to several friends.

By: Rating: Date of Hike: Tuesday, December 25, 2018
We hiked this trail on Christmas Day with only a few hours of light remaining. Took us 2.5 hours, which included an hour of stopping to snap photos and take in the views. Was an easy effort, and we got a mountain stream, rocks and boulders, and a vista at the turnaround!

By: Rob Rating: Date of Hike: Friday, November 23, 2018
The No Parking signs on Morgan Mill Road are intimidating but we found plenty of space to park when we arrived around 10:00am. When we were done around 1:30 there were still some spots and looked like others even parked on Morgan Mill a few hundred feet from the trailhead.

By: Kim Rating: Date of Hike: Saturday, November 10, 2018
Please be aware that there are now posted No Parking signs along Morganís Mill Road on both sides of the road on either side of the trailhead. We were parked fully off of the road and were hoping we were far enough away from the trailhead not to be impacted, but we came back to find a $30 ticket on the windshield. There were at least a dozen cars there when we started our hike if they were all ticketed, Clarke County has a nice little revenue generator on pretty weekend afternoons. Such a shame because it is a nice hike and there are a number of parking spots like the one we had that are fully off the road and not impeding traffic. Hope the local environmental groups and the PATC can work with Clarke County to find a reasonable parking solution for this trailhead.

By: Rating: Date of Hike: Saturday, November 3, 2018
Very nice waterfall, but parking was a bit of confusion. Evidently, the week before the county placed no parking signs near the trail head with signs not to park between the No Parking signs. But there were 4-6 No Parking signs so it was confusing. We were told the county would give tickets. Also at the trail head, there are no indication of which way to begin. You can go up from the road or down from the road. The waterfall is on the upward trail of the AT if that is what you're there to see. When going up, you'll cross a stream and the waterfall is to the right. There is a smaller lower fall, but a larger fall by a huge bolder if you hike farther up, so don' stop at the lower falls.

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