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Nicholson Hollow Trail - SNP, Virginia

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4.5 hours plus a half hour for lunch
1,240 ft
Shenandoah National Park
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Park at the 200 car parking area on SR600/Nethers Rd.
NOTE: The upper parking area at the trailhead is now closed to all public parking.
38.57036, -78.28705

The 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 hike.


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 the right.

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.

Ratings For The Nicholson Hollow Hike (5 Most Recent)
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By: Jamey Rating: Date of Hike: Monday, January 1, 2018
This is a very easy, pleasant hike. It's a great way to get miles without all the typical elevation changes. The river is very pretty, the Corbin and Nicholson cabins are interesting, and there are plenty of ruins in the woods off the trail. As for solitude, there was a couple staying at the cabin and one group of three on the trail.

By: Sean Rating: Date of Hike: Tuesday, September 6, 2016
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.

By: Rating: 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...

By: Kris Rating: Date of Hike: Friday, August 7, 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!

By: jen Rating: Date of Hike: Friday, June 6, 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!

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