Browns Gap is a 4.5 mile out and back trail located near Port Republic, Virginia. The trail is only recommended for very experienced adventurers and primarily used for hiking.
Nice workout hike with lots of varying terrain. Some woodland trail, some very rocky sections, some fairly steep, some easy going. Not much for views. Would be nice to figure out a bushwhack to the peak. I did not see any evidence of waterfalls, but maybe it's just been dry around here (I'm just visiting family).
Almost all uphill for the trail head we decided to take. There must be two because they come to a point market before turning into one trail to go to the top. Very rocky so proper footwear is a must, as well as water reserves as it's a demanding hike. The views were okay, nothing extraordinary. We hiked this in April, but did not get to see any of the waterfalls :( maybe next time we'll go up the other trail and get to see them!
This trail loop incorporates 3 different water falls and overlaps a section of The Appalachian Trail, all in one tough hike. Jones Falls, Doyles Falls and Brown Gap are the main attractions of this 6.6 mile demanding trek. You will absolutely want to bring water reserves during the hotter summer months and dress appropriately. While I was here in April, a rainier season, the waterfalls were perfect and swollen. Trail conditions can be challenging in some parts, make sure your checking reports up until the day of your venture.