Zina and Petra at Sugar Hollow

Sugar Hollow to Big Branch Falls

Sugar Hollow to Big Branch Falls is a popular hiking trail located in Albemarle County, Virginia, even on the cooler days of the year. The trail is approximately 4.5 miles long and is rated as moderate difficulty. It’s quite popular so you want to get there early enough to get a parking spot!

The trail unravels alongside the North Fork of the Moormans River, offering a constant soundtrack of trickling water and vibrant sights. Be prepared for several river crossings – they add to the charm and you can keep you’re feet dry or do like I do, just walk through the water.

Sugar Hollow Moormans River

Terrain and Scenery

The trail has a gradual elevation gain of approximately 400 feet, and some rocky sections require careful footing.

Sugar Hollow

Although the trail to Big Branch Falls is well-maintained, hikers should still exercise caution while hiking. The rocky sections of the trail can be slippery, especially after rain, so hikers should wear appropriate footwear with good traction. When you get close to the waterfall, someone had tied a rope to some tress to help you cross a big slick rock on the ground. I didn’t go beyond that as I had my puppy with me and we weren’t quite ready for this maneuvering.

Also aware of their surroundings and watch for wildlife, such as snakes and bears. We didn’t see any when we were out and about, just a few people fishing and some dogs off-leash.

Best Time to Visit

Sugar Hollow to Big Branch Falls is a great place to visit year-round, but the best time to visit is during the spring and fall. During these seasons, the weather is mild, and the foliage is at its best. The falls are also at their most impressive during these seasons, as they are fed by the melting snow and spring rains. Summer can be hot and humid, and the falls may be less impressive due to lower water levels. Winter can be beautiful, but the trail can be icy and difficult to navigate.

Sugar Hollow

Amenities and Parking

There are no amenities at Sugar Hollow to Big Branch Falls, so visitors should bring their food and water. There is a small parking area at the trailhead, which can accommodate about 10 cars. Visitors should arrive early to ensure they get a spot. T

Planning Your Hike:

Trail Difficulty: Moderate

Distance: 4.6 miles (out-and-back)

Estimated Time: 2-3 hours

Things to Consider:

  • Parking: The trailhead is located at the Sugar Hollow Reservoir parking area.
  • Pet-Friendly: Leashed, well-behaved dogs are welcome on the trail.
  • Seasonal Conditions: The trail is open year-round, but be prepared for varying weather conditions.

Sugar Hollow to Big Branch Falls is a fantastic hike and Zina and I had a great time.

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