Ben & Jerry's at Barracks Road
Jones Run / Doyle River
Let’s hike Jones Run-Doyles River Falls on Saturday, August 24th. We will hike the Medium route which is 7 miles in length and considerate moderate in rating.
According to Day and Overnight Hikes, and the Circuit Hikes of Shenandoah National Park, this circuit goes along the east slope of the Blue Ridge was constructed by the Civil Conservation Corps (CCC) during the depression. They visit majestic cascades along Doyles River and Jones Run. Water lovers will love this loop! The trail passes three major falls and numerous other cascades as it explores two boulder—stewn canyon and incorporates one section of the Appalachian Trail. The circuit touches Browns Gap, which is historically significant. Confederate Gen. Stonewall Jackson passed through here in early 1862 while outwitting Union forces in the Shenandoah Mountains. The Union later defended the gap because of the strategic turnpike, which was built in 1805 connecting Richmond with the Shenandoah Valley.
The hike starts at Browns Gap. (MP 83) We’ll start heading East on Browns Gap Fire road. We will turn right onto Doyles River Trail. It then approaches the Upper Doyles Falls and then the Lower Doyles Falls. We will then walk along the Doyles River Trail and veer right onto the Jones River Trail. Then we will head along the AT passing the Dundo overlook and the Dundo Picnic grounds before getting back to the parking area.
This hike is open to those experienced or inexperienced or even those who recently joined the club.
Carpooling: If you are interested in carpooling or being a driver for carpooling, please let me know. If there is enough interest, carpool will leave at 8AM at Ben and Jerry’s at Barracks road. If there is anyone who is not able to get to Ben and Jerry’s and needs a ride, please also let me know.
Since this hike is located in Shenandoah National Park, it will require a pass which is $10 for 1-7day pass or the annual pass for $30. I currently have the annual pass however.
What to Bring: Please be sure to bring lots of water, comfortable sturdy shoes, a camera, sunscreen, and a lunch for when we break to take in the views of the waterfalls!
Please keep in mind that you are responsible for you own safety and the activities you choose to participate in while on the hike.
Below is a link to the actual hike for further information.
Note, I am referring to the “Day and Overnight Hikes- Shenandoah National Park” book for the specifics of the hike. We will not be completing the full loop described in Hiking Upward.
If you have any questions, please feel free to email me.
See you on Saturday!