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Doyles and Jones Falls Loop

Intermediate/Difficult
 4.3 (4) RECOMMENDED ROUTE

This is a really nice loop that tracks through the canyon at Doyles River and continues along a few miles of the AT.


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Map Key

9.6

Miles

15.4

KM

Loop

2,939' 896 m

High

1,577' 481 m

Low

1,816' 553 m

Up

1,816' 553 m

Down

7%

Avg Grade (4°)

68%

Max Grade (34°)

Dogs Unknown

Features River/Creek · Waterfall · Wildlife

Overview

The distance is good for an easy day hike or run, particularly if you're with people (or dogs) who aren't up to the more technical trails nearby.

Description

Head down from parking lot, and you'll descend the steepest part of the trail when your legs are fresh. In the first three miles, you'll pass the Upper and Lower Doyles Falls. The route levels out and is very pleasant, with plenty of spots to fill up on water. Turn at the intersection with the Jones Run Trail and you'll ascend steadily past another falls and through woods with bear traces, birds, and flowers.

At the Jones Run parking area, you'll turn right onto the AT and follow it for about four miles. If you want more up and down, you can turn onto the Big Run Loop Trail trail 0.6 miles after the Dundo picnic area to add another 4± miles.

Shared By:

Paul Karns

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  4.3 from 4 votes

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Photos

Doyles River Falls
May 14, 2018 near Grottoes, VA
Upper Doyles River Falls
Mar 21, 2016 near Grottoes, VA
Lower Doyles River Falls
Mar 21, 2016 near Grottoes, VA
Jones Run Falls
Mar 19, 2016 near Grottoes, VA
Jones Run Falls
May 14, 2018 near Grottoes, VA
One of many stunning waterfalls.
Oct 2, 2018 near Grottoes, VA

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Aug 7, 2021
David Mathias
Aug 5, 2021
David Perkins
Jun 28, 2021
Adam L
Apr 18, 2021
Catharina Morris
10mi — 4h 00m
Apr 18, 2021
Andrew Mayer
Very minimal muddy areas and streams were all easily passable without needing to put your shoes underwater. 9.6mi — 4h 00m
Oct 20, 2020
Anthony Todd
9.6mi — 4h 25m