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Shenandoah NP: Jones Run/Doyles River Circuit Hike

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Distance: 6.7 miles


In deep summer, find relief in the countless falls on this 6.7-mile loop.
  • Entering the gorge area
  • Upper Jones Run falls
  • Cascade between falls
  • Lower Jones Run falls
  • One of the beautiful tulip poplars in the gorge
  • Confluence of Jones Run and Doyles River
  • Wild Cranesbill on trail
  • Small cascade and hole on Doyles River
  • Lower Doyles Falls
  • Upper Doyles Falls
  • Trail with blooming Redbud
  • Cedar Mountain from Browns Gap Tpke

The Jones Run / Doyles River circuit hike is a short (between 6 and 7 miles) hike into a beautiful gorge area in Shenandoah National Park. The hike brings you past two good sized falls on Jones Run and two more on Doyles River. Between the falls, the water races over more gentle cascades at the foot of moss covered rock faces and the trail also brings you past some very impressive old growth tulip poplars. Like all trails in Shenandoah, the trail is&nbsp; well marked and only requires one crossing of Jones Run which is usually fairly easily done. The best time to do this hike is late spring/early summer after things have greened up but before the dry season of summer arrives.&nbsp; Even in deep summer, there is usually water going over these falls but it is not quite as impressive.<br /> &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; We find that the best way to do the trail is to park at Brown's Gap parking and start there rather than at Jones Run parking. This allows you a nice leisurely hike for a mile or so on the AT before you head down the mountain, and it allows you to hop back in your car immediately after the trek up out of the gorge on Brown's Gap Turnpike. <br /> &nbsp;&nbsp; A note of interest is that the Brown's Gap Turnpike is the road that Stonewall Jackson used during the Civil War when he marched his troops out of the Shenandoah Valley in an evasive maneuver to make the Yanks think he was heading to Richmond to join Lee while instead he put them on a train at Mechums Station and sent them back into the Valley in Staunton. The road probably hasn't changed much since then! On the way back up the mountain on the Turnpike, a sharp eyed hiker can find an old gravesite of a Confederate veteran on the right side of the road and up a little bank. On the west side of the Skyline Drive, as the Brown's Gap Turnpike heads toward the Shenandoah Valley, just a few yards from the parking area, one can see on the south side of the turnpike, the remains of trenches that were dug during that period. They are very distinguishable depressions in the ground there.

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