Appalachian Trail: Jones Run Trail to Pinefield Gap

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Appalachian Trail: Jones Run Trail to Pinefield Gap is a 7.3 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Crozet, Virginia that offers scenic views. The trail is good for all skill levels and primarily used for hiking and walking. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Distance: 7.3 miles Elevation Gain: 1,364 feet Route Type: Loop

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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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2 months ago

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.

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.

hiking
4 months ago

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!

hiking
6 months ago

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.

hiking
6 months ago

Maybe easier starting on the AT Trail first.

hiking
8 months ago

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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Sat Feb 11 2017

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.

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Sat Jun 20 2015

Fantabulous

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Thu Apr 25 2013

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.

recorded Jones / Doyles Variation

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recorded Recording - Jan 13, 1:26 PM

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