Hike to Snake Hole

Hiking Distance: .8 miles each way (.4 if you park at the upper parking lot)
*UPDATE: as of July 18th, 2015 the road to the upper parking lot is (temporarily?) closed.

Snake Hole is a great place to cool off during the heat of the summer.

IMG_20140610_080925_873DSC_0001The hike to get there is short and not very strenuous.

snake hole profileDon’t let the name scare you away. I’ve never actually seen a snake there. The little fish will nibble your toes, though.

 

Directions from Charlottesville:
To get to Sugar Hollow, take Barracks Road away from town. Barracks road turns into Garth Road. Continue several miles. At White Hall, you will come to a very sharp turn in the road . Piedmont Store will be directly in front of you. Garth Road takes a sharp right. You want to stay straight, keeping Piedmont store on your right as you pass it.

This is 614. Continue a few more miles. Eventually you will climb a steep hill and see the dam and then Charlottesville Reservoir on your left. At the top of the hill, the road turns to gravel. A little beyond this, you will come to a parking area on your left. I suggest parking here, and continuing up to the trailhead on foot.

The road beyond the first parking area is full of huge potholes. I wouldn’t attempt it in my little car.

IMG_20140610_133521Either on foot or in your car, follow the road until it ends at the trailhead.

IMG_20140610_133704Continue on the trail. Snake Hole is at the second river crossing that you come to.

 

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7 Responses to Hike to Snake Hole

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  3. Meagan says:

    That looks like such a neat place to swim! I’m glad you said you’ve never seen snakes there, because the name had me worried.

  4. Marcelo says:

    I went to Sugar Hollow for the first time today, and snake hole was my first stop along the trail, and I stopped there again on the way back from the waterfall. I quickly found out why they call this the “snake hole” as I saw at least 3 snakes on the rocks where the fallen tree is. I guess if you do not mess with them they will not bother you, but if you don’t want to see any snakes, avoid that side of the hole (you can see the fallen tree in the right side of the picture above).

  5. WalkGently says:

    We saw 2 copperheads – an adult curled up on the side of the trail; and a baby copperhead poised ready to strike along rocks that are used to cross the river. Another hiker saw a 3rd copperhead at the lovely swimming hole at the base of the waterfall on Big Branch Spur Trail. Just be aware, keep your distance from them, and special caution with children & dogs, who would be most affected by a venomous snake bite. We also saw a large water snake as well while crossing the river; he was curled up peacefully on a rock that was also part of the river crossing.

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