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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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9.6

Miles

15.4

KM

86%

Runnable

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 Leashed

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.

Runner Notes

This is a great loop for a trail run.

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 with improvements by Jeff Monroe

Trail Ratings

  4.3 from 6 votes

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  4.3 from 6 votes
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#3,116

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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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