Jones Run, Doyles River Trail - 6.8 miles (Moderately Strenuous)

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Jones Run & Doyle's River Falls - Shenandoah National Park

This is one of the most popular waterfall hikes in the southern section of the Shenandoah National Park. There are several falls along Jones Run, plus two large falls on Doyles River. Our hike will start at Browns Gap parking area and is a circuit hike of just under 7 miles. From the parking area, we will hike south on the Appalachian Trail where we will connect with Jones Run Trail, then Doyles River Trail and finally a fire road back to the parking area. A good portion of this hike follows the Jones and Doyles Rivers, includes three significant waterfalls, many cascades and a few fun water crossings. Not an "easy" hike, but so worth it - a favorite of mine.

Difficulty: Moderately Strenuous

Note on difficulty: This hike will have 1,400' of elevation change. This is NOT an easy hike - many guide books call it "moderate", I describe it as moderate with a few challenging sections (most challenging are two uphill sections and depending on the water level, the lower stream crossing). Proper footwear and hiking poles for this hike!!!

Where: From Cville, take I64 West, exiting at Rockfish Gap (exit 99) Parks South entrance continue North on Skyline Drive and park at Brown's Gap parking area - mile post 83. If you plan on driving directly to the trail head, please say so in the comment section, so that we are not waiting for you at the carpool. Please be at the Trail Head by 9:00

Fees & Such: there is a entrance fee to the Park - $30 per vehicle or $55for an annual pass, good for anyone in the car (if you enjoy going to the park, the annual pass is the way to go and most of these funds stay in the park for improvements). If you already have a Park Pass, please bring it...

Supplies: please bring plenty of water and wear hiking boots/shoes. Trekking poles are recommended for this hike - they make the water crossings much easier. We will be taking a break where the two rivers meet, so bring lunch and snacks... Also, pay attention to the mountain weather - be prepared with warm layers and a rain shell.

Disclaimer: GetHiking Charlottesville's Organizers are not professional guides. Expect the same risks and take the same precautions you would take if you were hiking alone.With your RSVP you agree with this disclaimer - Disclaimer (

Weather: If inclement weather necessitates canceling or postponing the hike, the decision will be made no later than 7:30 a.m. - cancellations will be posted on the hike comment section... Steady rain with not much chance for clearing and/or dangerous conditions will call for postponing the hike.

RSVP: If you find that you're not going to be able to attend the hike, please update your RSVP to "No" as soon as possible. This allows those on the waitlist to have the opportunity to attend.

Dog Policy: If you want to hike with your pup, please check out our - Dog Policy ( The simple basics are dogs need to be on a short (max 6', non-retractable - Park rule) leash, owners need to pick up after their dog, your pup will need plenty of drinking water, dogs need to be well behaved and capable of keeping up with the pace of the two legged hikers.