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4.3 hours plus a half hour for lunch
1,455 ft
Shenandoah National Park
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Park at the Browns Gap parking area. 38.24058, -78.71086

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. Each has several swimming holes as well. But if you plan to swim, remember that's cold mountain water, even in late summer!

From the Browns Gap parking area cross Skyline Drive and follow the white blazed Appalachian Trail (AT) south along the ridge for 1.4 miles to the intersection of the blue blazed Jones Run Trail, and Jones Run Trail parking area.

Turn left downhill on the blue blazed Jones Run trail as it makes a switchback, then crossing the top of Jones Run before reaching the top of the first set of falls in 1.6 miles. Continue on the trail for another 0.1 miles where the trail makes another steep switchback and arrives at the base of the main falls. Continue following the trail downstream for 0.5 miles crossing Jones Run, then continuing on the left side of the run for 0.1 miles to the post marking the Doyles River Trail.

Turn left uphill on the blue blazed Doyles River Trail passing several small pools and falls before crossing a footbridge over a feeder stream. Shortly after crossing the footbridge reach the lower, and largest set of falls, then in another 0.2 miles the upper set of falls. From here the trail becomes less steep before arriving at the intersection of the Browns Gap Fire Road.

Turn left crossing Doyles River on the yellow blazed fire road for the remaining 1.7 miles back to Browns Gap.

Note: Instead of turning left on the fire road off the Doyles River Trail, you can continue on the Doyles River Trail another 0.9 miles to the AT, then turn left/south on the AT for 1.5 miles to return to Brown's Gap making it a 8.5 mile circuit. This is a good option in the summer months when the ticks can be bad in the fire roads long grasses.

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Hiker Reviews For The Jones Run/Doyles River Hike (5 Most Recent)
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By: Rating: Date of Hike: Sunday, April 30, 2017
Loved this hike! The rains from last weekend/early this week really had the falls running. We didn't regret bringing Tevas to use in crossing the creek in one place. (Nimble folks had no problems rock hopping.). Lots of small wildflowers around as well.

We took the longer route, and it was fine, but the AT marker post said it was 2.2 miles back to Brown's run, not the 1.5 in the write up, and it felt like that.

If you use trekking poles, this is one to remember them.


By: SteveE Rating: Date of Hike: Saturday, December 10, 2016
This trail has become my new favorite trail in the SNP or BRP. Without the obstruction of leaves, we had tremendous views of the multiple waterfalls. While it was super cold at the parking lot, once we got out of the wind on the trail, it was quite tolerable - we dressed well though even shedding a layer. The slight rock scrambles were a lot of fun and the climb out of the bottom was not bad at all - especially compared to most waterfall hikes around.

By: Mike H Rating: Date of Hike: Saturday, November 19, 2016
This was a very pleasant hike the waterfalls pale in comparison to those along the White Oak Canyon / Cedar Run circuit and aren't as grand as the Overall Run / Beecher Ridge waterfall, but they are still quite beautiful. And unlike those other hikes, the waterfalls along the Jones Run / Doyles River circuit are very accessible. You can get right up next to the base of the falls, and in some locations, climb up alongside them (with caution, of course). I'm not sure that the pools qualify as swimming holes, even if I had done the hike in the heat of summer. The hike itself was not difficult, and I only passed two groups of hikers along the way (I followed the path outlined by HikingUpward, but the other groups were moving in the other direction).

By: Rating: Date of Hike: Sunday, October 02, 2016
Highly recommended!!

I did this as a trail run with my dog. Started about 4:30 and finished around 6... stopping to take pictures and let my dog get a drink. Down from Jones Run parking lot, the trail was rocky but very beautiful with several stream crossings and cascading falls. Up Hill on Doyle's was a very smooth trail ( a few steps, urghh) with nice stop at bottom of falls for pictures and drink also. The Appalachian trail between parking lots is mostly flat and smooth and was nice easy, way to finish. It wasn't very crowded, the streams and water were flowing (had a ton a rain the week before) and not as challenging as others lead you to believe (a family with children in backpacks were cruising up hill).

I was running, but can imagine a slower hike picnic at bottom with my 6 year old and swimming in some of the nice swimming holes. Lots of wildlife including a very nice bucks and a hula-hooper at the bottom.


By: Colleen DH Rating: Date of Hike: Sunday, November 15, 2015
Very pretty hike, but was just beyond my skill level. Waterfalls were beautiful, saw a baby bear running through the woos, never saw the mother bear. The leaves slowed me up, could not see jagged rocks.

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