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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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Park on Morgans Mill Rd where the Appalachian Trail crosses. 39.07174, -77.91185

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: Terri V Rating: Date of Hike: Sunday, July 29, 2018
I have been battling some foot issues, so decided to try this one as my first hike out in several months. Thanks to the recent rains, the waterfall was flowing very nicely for late July. While the view from Buzzard Hill is not spectacular, it is a really pleasant spot to sit and relax and have a snack. The last climb up to Buzzard Hill was a bit more taxing than I had anticipated, but this was a great hike to get me back into the groove. I was surprised by the roughness and narrowness of Morganís Mill Road - and there were not many parking spots left when I got there at 8:30am.

By: Chris Rating: Date of Hike: Saturday, September 09, 2017
Nice and easy.The waterfall was little but never mind. Not too many people when I started around 9am but when on my way back at 11am I met a lot of noisy people.

By: Chris Rating: Date of Hike: Saturday, September 09, 2017
To answer to Mike.
Take the Morgans Mill Road, State Road 605.
The gate you describe is a private property !

By: Mike H. Rating: Date of Hike: Saturday, September 09, 2017
Trail is still open, I saw the gate and signs I think you saw but if you just keep driving about another half mile or so, you would see where some cars are parked.

Great little trail about 30 min outside of Leesburg. Wife and I spent a couple hours doing this hike before hitting a couple of wineries. It had rained just a few days earlier, so waterfall was flowing nicely. Perfectly clear day so also had a nice view at the summit. Would definitely recommend if you're looking to do a hike without driving too far or taking all day. Not too crowded, about 6-7 cars when we got there and only 3 when we left.

By: Mike Rating: Date of Hike: Wednesday, August 16, 2017
The trail appears to be closed, there is a closed gate blocking any entry to Hollow brook Ln. and very large no trespassing sign where Ebenezer meets Hollow Brook. Does any one know of another access point?

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