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Broad Hollow - SNP, Virginia

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6.7 mls
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4.0 hours plus a half hour for lunch
1,640 ft
Shenandoah National Park
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Park at the small trurnout on VA681/Rolling Rd next to Broad Hollow Run. Additional parking around the corner. Do not block the private gate. 38.59430, -78.27176

Hidden in a back corner of the Shenandoah National Park, the Broad Hollow/Pine Hill Gap hike offers a surprising amount of solitude nestled between Old Rag, Catlett, and Hazel Mountains. The hike starts along Broad Hollow Run with a pleasant set of cascades, then turns steeply uphill and passes the ruins of an old cabin. The flatter section in the Hazel/Catlett Mountain hollow has old growth Hemlock and Wild Oak, as well as an abundance of Mountain Laurel.

This is a great day-hike where you can avoid all the crowds on the more popular trails very close by. The best times of the year to enjoy this circuit are early spring and late fall when the leaves are off the trees providing nice views of Old Rag and Hazel Mountains. There are also 3 crossings of Broad Hollow Run, these are not difficult but may require rock hoping in the spring after winter snow melt.

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Hiker Reviews For The Broad Hollow Hike (5 Most Recent)
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By: Rating: Date of Hike: Saturday, December 1, 2018
I hiked this on a foggy, drizzly Saturday with a small group from Central Virginia Trailblazers (www.cvatrailblazers.org).  The description and recent reviews are spot on.  The trail is mostly cleared as Jim Necci mentioned.  We had no trouble finding the lone parking spot, which was vacant when we arrived.  Due to recent rains, the stream crossings in the first mile were a little tricky and the forestry road near the end was more like a creek than a bog.  I can't comment on the views as the fog was too thick to see anything.  We saw no other hikers on the trail the entire day.  Overall a very pleasant hike.

By: Rating: Date of Hike: Friday, July 13, 2018
A Broad Hollow update. The trails are all now cleared. Somebody did a heck of a lot of work. There were so many trees down in May it should have taken two men, a boy and a couple of horses. The size of some of the tree segments moved off of the trail were huge. And some of the work down with an ax. The hike was much easier this time.

By: Rating: Date of Hike: Thursday, May 10, 2018
The trees mentioned in the previous review are still down across the trail. The first part of the hike someone has worked clearing the trail with chainsaws and an ax. When you are well into the hike you come to an area where MANY trees are down or broken. There are about five trees all broken and leaning together about 30-40 feet up. From that point none of the trail is cleared. There are many obstacles to go around, climb over, under or work your way through. It does lengthen the time and the distance somewhat. The uphill climbs and water crossings were a bit challenging, the 3 rating is probably right on. The parking is not as dire as some of the other reviews made it seem. We parked four vehicles without much problem. I enjoyed the hike, yes, I would do it again. One tick. Oh, and a bear just before the parking area.

By: ExFed Rating: Date of Hike: Saturday, March 31, 2018
As a result of the strong storms in recent weeks there are a lot of very large trees down across the trail, particularly as you approach the top. In some instances circumnavigating the larger downed trees made it challenging to pick up the trail again. If you have a GPS, you might think of bringing it with you. The remains of the cabin were not affected, although there were a couple downed trees nearby. I have never seen so many recently downed trees of such size in the SNP before.

By: Sperryville Hiker Rating: Date of Hike: Wednesday, January 25, 2017
Nice trail! Lots of interesting stonework, foundations and some artifacts with a deteriorating cabin halfway down Broad Hollow. Went up Pine Hill Gap, steep, but not the worst I've been on. Great views of Old Rag and surrounding mountains with the leaves down. Didn't see any other hikers so great Teail for solitude if that's what you're looking for. All together a really nice hike!

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