On our sixth day of day hiking the Appalachian Trail (AT) in Shenandoah National Park, we hiked from the Doyles River Trailhead across Skyline Drive from Big Run Overlook to the Ivy Creek Overlook. 6. <>
Huge waterfalls, nice camping, great views. Both of these waterfalls are beautiful and well-worth the effort. We camped along Big Run Portal, and that first day/night we never saw another person. 8. Distance: 3.3 miles. Jones run was busy because it was so scenic with the trail skirting the waterfalls. Distance: 18.1-26.8 mi. We didn’t see a single person until we got to the AT! There are quite a few additional points of interest about this hike that I came across while we were planning the outing, so along with some more photographs, I thought I might mention them here. At 0.6 miles, the trail reaches the summit and intersection with the Big Run Loop Trail. The segment starts with a 0.3 mile 11% grade before moderating to about 6% for the next 800 feet. Christine Says… Although, the wind, rain and (yes!) endobj
it got so unexpectedly cold we ended up doing 2 day/1 night but it was an amazing hike. To help you choose, we've put together a list of backcountry trip iteneraries, available in downloadable PDFs. As you follow the course of Doyles River from right to left below you, note that there are two coves going up away to the right. Turn left, staying on the blue-blazed trail and left again at the next trail post to descend to your starting point. Distance: 7.8 miles (12.5 kilometers) Duration: 4 hours. You could also begin at the Doyles River Trailhead or Browns Gap Parking, both searchable on Google Maps. The SNP website has it listed as one of their “backcountry camping” trips. Look for places to camp below the confluence of Jones Run and Doyles River. started at Doyle's River parking and hiked north around loft mountain before crossing skyline and getting into patterson because the loop will bring you right back to the Doyle's parking lot. Although it is clearly a trail I saw minimal yellow markers. We did this as a backcountry backpacking as recommended by SNP. Since Eric had to be back in time to get to "Hamilton," we decided to do the shorter loop of about seven miles. Charlottesville, Virginia, United States. This circuit is a fairly flexible trip with an optional extra day of backpacking along Big Run Portal for a total of three nights. 49 Doyles River Falls and Jones Run, Skyline Mile 81.1 208. The longer loop adds about 1.5 miles and 600-700 feet of steep uphill climbing. Please do not camp at this trail intersection, as it is too close to … Despite the late summer low water flow the falls were still enjoyable, and I am planning a return hike in the spring. It was a little damp and buggy the trail down. As you follow the course of Doyles River from right to left below you, note that there are two coves going up away to the right. Distance: 3.0 miles. 46 Frazier Discovery Trail, Skyline Mile 79.5 198. We started around 3pm and got to our campsite right at the bottom there were 3 other backpacking groups not too close but across the stream. Shenandoah National Park - Jones Run waterfall is one of the prettiest falls in the park. Turn right onto Appalachian Trail (AT) and hike north 3.4 miles. %����
Once we got to the AT we saw a lot more folks. Please do not camp at this trail intersection, as the area is too … Dundo Overlook Loop via Jones Run Trail. The Doyles River Tr picks up where the Jones Run Trail ends. Turn left onto the AT and go 1.6 miles (crossing the Drive once and passing through Doyles River Overlook) to the marker at the junction with the Doyles River Trail. 3 0 obj
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