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Appalachian Trail: Jones Run Trail to Pinefield Gap

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Shenandoah National Park

Appalachian Trail: Jones Run Trail to Pinefield Gap is a 7.3 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Crozet, Virginia that features a waterfall and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking and walking. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Length 7.3 mi Elevation gain 1,364 ft Route type Loop

Dogs on leash

Kid friendly

Hiking

Walking

Views

Waterfall

Rocky

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Nick Larsen
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Hiking

This was a great day hike with some pretty good waterfall views and swimming holes. I parked at Jones run parking lot and went counter-clockwise. Starts with a descent that runs parallel to the water all the way to Jones falls. Continue to Doyle’s river trail and arrive at lower Doyle’s falls. I believe this was the biggest waterfall of the loop. We took a short steep scramble down to the falls and had lunch. Hiked up .3 miles to upper Doyle’s falls for a dip before returning to the car via Browns gap turnpike/ AT south. Overall this was a great day hike for me, my girlfriend, and my dog. Next time I would go clockwise to save the prettier portion of the hike for last. Browns turnpike was a mellow fire road that didn’t offer a lot of views so after a beautiful hike with 3 waterfalls it didn’t end on a pretty note. If you do go clockwise the climb out may be a little steeper but definitely prettier. Lots of water along the trail. The two of us brought 1 bottle and a filter as it was quick and easy to filter water right off of the trail.

Adam Grossman
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Hiking

Made a loop to Doyle’s falls then back up by Jones Falls. Moderate to difficult on the way back up. Bring water and towels as you can get into a couple swimming holes.

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Nick Shari
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HikingMuddyRocky

A great hike. Water was flowing nicely over the falls.

Arnold Kim
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Hiking

Conrad arnold hiking trip

David S Aschheim
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Hiking

Started at browns gap parking and went counter clockwise. Much prettier than we expected. Compared to rip rap, we thought the falls were better ESP on Jones run. We would skip riprap and do this again. Only negative was ending on the fire road back up to parking area. Overall, really liked it. Good exertion on way back up from the bottom of the falls. Pretty views too

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Jessica Rollinson
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One of the most beautiful Shenandoah hikes I’ve ever been on! There was one river that a little hard to cross and a few wet spots (pack waterproof shoes or extra socks!) but there were also two BEAUTIFUL waterfalls and the hike wasn’t too hard or steep going clockwise, although going counterclockwise might be a little easier and just as beautiful.

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ML Mzc
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Hiking

If you prefer to get the steeper portions out of the way first, would recommend doing this clockwise. Browns Gap Turnpike is a simple walk down a fire road, but Doyles River Trail has several steep parts along the falls and above the stream which I enjoyed the most. Had done this counterclockwise and was nice to have Doyles River Trail at the end since I felt that was the more scenic part of this loop than the Jones Run segment.

Lucas Johnson
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Hiking

Not much for views on the hike until the summit. This seems to be a very secluded trail as I didn’t run into anyone. Maybe that has to do with it being a Thursday morning. The recording on here doesn’t seem to be right. I never saw that turn off, check my recording. I followed it and based off my map hit a different Lewis. No water along the way.

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Tom Countryman
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Hiking

This trail is an excellent second day trail for those who may be a bit sore from day one. While it does have several miles of relatively flat and easy walking, it also has some significant inclines and rocky places which can be fairly slick after rains and when covered by leaves. Trekking poles can be quite helpful. Going counterclockwise, you can better see the various waterfalls. It had something for everyone, including a bear cub and a black non-poisonous snake. Without a doubt, one of the prettiest hikes in the park!

Mike Cravotta
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Hiking

Excellent trail! You get to see a couple of falls, none huge, but all impressive and beautiful. Lots of ferns and maples, good shade, nice variety of terrain too. Not too busy when I went. Parked at Dundo Picnic Area, which worked well.

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Kimberly Pacetti
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Hiking

Maybe easier starting on the AT Trail first.

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John Wang
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Hiking

Nice hike with plenty of cascades. Light traffic, but I started at 5pm. See full hike report at: https://travel2walk.com/2019/06/25/virginia-hikes-jones-run-doyles-river-loop-june-16-2019/

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Nathan Tsang
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Hiking

I hiked this trail in the dead winter (mid February). The traffic was light but the waterfalls were spectacular. The trail was little bit muddy but it was manageable. I had a great hike.

Julie Keenan
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Hiking

Fantabulous

Gail A.
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Hiking

This trail has a great variety of terrain to go through! Once you get through the first uphill stretch, it all gets better. The views are fabulous! (I hiked it in April before the leaves were all out on the trees.) My GPS said that it was 12.4 miles, but that included a walk down to the Pinefield Hut and privy near the end of the trail. Very few other people were on the trail, but I imagine that this trail is crazy busy when it is warmer.

Phil Cannelongo
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Slavic Habovda
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Andrey Aleksandrov
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Ramon Ayon
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Christina Nguyen
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Matt Lucas
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Ernesto Otero
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Pepper Ernest
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Dantin Greenwell
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Jenny Schuch
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Jasmine Johnson
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Jenny Quinn
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Debbie Wall
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