Rose River Fire Road
ElevationAscent: 10' 3 m
Descent: -1,906' -581 m
High: 3,077' 938 m
Low: 1,182' 360 m
GradeAvg Grade: 5% (3°)
Max Grade: 18% (10°)
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“It is what remains of the Gordonsville Turnpike completed in 1853 by the Blue Ridge Turnpike Company”— Larry W. Brown
You'll eventually pass by the Cave family cemetery, located on the right, just off the fire road. About 0.6 mile further down you'll come to a small bridge which crosses Hogcamp Branch, the stream which drains Big Meadows Swamp, flows through Dark Hollow, and becomes the principal tributary of Rose River.
To your right is a long, narrow waterfall, which descends from Dark Hollow Falls. You'll see the blue-blazed Dark Hollow Falls Trail to your right, which goes uphill. If you make a side trip to the base of the falls you'll add 0.3 mile and 145 feet of climbing to your outing. To the left of the bridge you'll see the loop trail (mentioned above) which connects back to the fire road.
Continue down the fire road as it descends through the Rose River Valley to the park boundary, where it then becomes Virginia Route 670.
Thanks to Larry W. Brown, for sharing this trail description. If you’re interested in learning more details about great hikes, weather, camping / lodging, wildlife, and scenic drives, check out the comprehensive Guide to Shenandoah National Park.
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