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Doyles River Falls Trail is a 3.4 mile out and back trail located near Crozet, Virginia that features a waterfall and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, and nature trips. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Length 3.4 mi Elevation gain 1,181 ft Route type Out & Back

Dogs on leash

Kid friendly

Hiking

Nature trips

Walking

Views

Waterfall

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Please check the park website for up to date info on which trails are accessible.

Virginia Tourism Corporation, 901 Easy Byrd Street , Richmond, VA, 23219, Phone: 804-786-2051, Fax: 804-786-1919

Directions from Front Royal, VA: Skyline Drive travels the entire length of Shenandoah National Park. Mile markers are placed along the right-hand side of the road heading south. They are numbered from north to south beginning at the northern terminus in Front Royal, Virginia. Facilities, trails and park features use the mile markers as points of reference. At mile 81.1, park in the Doyles River parking area where you will find a large trailhead with directions.

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Kristi Simpson
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Hiking

great trail! got there early at 7am on a saturday and had the trail to myself. i completed the loop with Jones run and the AT. at the road i lost the AT and ended up on the fire road. this puts you near the bottom of the ascent back up Doyle’s river trail (was not expecting that).

Erika Cash
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Hiking

Absolutely beautiful! With the help of my sister we were able to get my two children (5 and 9) down to the 2nd big waterfall where they could stay and play in the water for a while. The hike back up was a little difficult but nothing like other trails I’ve done. There is one tiny waterfall before the main two that is a nice little lunch stop. Highly recommend!

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Aileen Holmes
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Stacey Perry
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HikingBugsRocky

Arrived early (about 9am on a Saturday) with my 3 boys (17, 13, & 9). Great hike down. We only went to the upper falls. The hike back was a bit difficult after being stuck inside for several months. My own health issues (asthma & gastroparesis) didn’t help me much with that. But excellent spots to stop and rest. The cold water was super refreshing and helpful as well. When we made it back to the parking lot, around noon, it was PACKED. Highly recommend early hike!

Mika Rose
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HikingFeeRocky

This was a great in and out hike with my pup. Trickling water sounds follow most of the way down. Nice and breezy and moderately trafficked. We only made it to the upper falls but it was lovely. Difficult coming back up, but worth it.

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Deanna Kremzier
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Sara Noelle
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Hiking

beautiful waterfalls! pretty challenging as it is steep the whole way down and that's how you get back up - but so worth it!! opportunities to get close to the falls if you want, just be careful and watch for slippery rock. also, we were at the bottom at around 3:30 on a Thursday and had the falls to ourselves which was awesome!

Joshua Cataldo
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HikingRocky

Really nice hike. It's downhill on the way to the waterfall and pretty steep. There are 2 waterfalls, the 2nd one is about a 1/2 a mile down from the 1st one.

Juan C. Sotomayor
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HikingRocky

Great views and beautiful hike. After 3.3 miles of downhill hiking you reach the waterfalls. Waterfalls can get a little crowded. The hike back up is steep. Great overall.

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Robin Kramer Morgan
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HikingBugsMuddy

Great shaded trail to a number of waterfalls. It rained quite a bit last night so it was muddy, but still a great hike! Didn’t see any wildlife other than birds today.

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Abby Bratton
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Hiking

This was an amazing trail! The way to the falls (out) is all gradual downhill, so the way back is all uphill, would consider it a moderate difficulty. The falls is beautiful and shallow. The trail has upkept blazes and the path is not rocky and would be great if you like trail running. Our Jack Russel did this trail and loved jumping in the water at the falls!

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Payam Ghazi
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HikingBugsMuddyRocky

I love this trail, 3 beautiful waterfalls. Only issue was parking; I was there at 10am today and Parking lot was already full. I was lucky that someone left right way.

Martha Murphy
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Hiking

My husband (70) and I (68) hiked this beautiful trail yesterday. On a difficulty scale of 1-5, we would rate it a 2. Other reviewers mention the uphill-all-the-way return as being arduous, but we didn't find it so. I estimate the incline to be around 10 degrees. It took us 3 hours to complete the out-and-back hike. The Lower Falls is the big payback at the bottom of the trail. Just fantastic.

Rezel Santos-McNeese
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Hiking

This place was magical today. My husband and I went this morning and did the 3.3 mile hike, started at 10 am and got back to the car 12:30ish. It was nice weather and the fog made it more even better. I would like to go back and do the 7 mile hike.

Sarah Willis
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Hiking

Had a wonderful time with hubby and pup on this trail today! Took us 2.5 hours. We started at Brown Gap parking area at MM 83 and took the fire road to Doyles River. (Go Brown Gap parking, cross Skyline, take the fire road to the bridge, take a right). We encountered 3 beautiful, BEAUTIFUL falls. There were a few muddy/slippery spots. The out and back hike was nice. The return hike was not bad, it was a very very steady incline back up the fire road.

Michelle Martin
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Hiking

Great scenic hike! Took my 2 thirteen year old daughters with me and really enjoyed the waterfalls. Trail is pretty much clear, just a couple of muddy spots. Follow the blue lines on the trees Like others said, the hike back to the car was brutal, but I loved the challenge. That's what hiking it all about

Gymrat Sophie
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Hiking

beautiful waterfalls

Heather O
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Hiking

Really loved the falls on this hike. Some of my favorite waterfalls in Shenandoah so far. It was definitely uphill on the way back, but it was worth it. Ran into some other hikers who spotted a dead bear just off-trail, so there are definitely bears in the area.

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K L
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Hiking

We started at Browns Gap and took the Jones Run Trail to Doyle’s River Falls upper and lower. It was about 7.5 miles and the return trip is mostly uphill but worth it; waterfalls were beautiful and we stumbled on the lone headstone of CSA soldier William Howard on the last leg of the trail. It was mid- 40s all day- cool and cloudy; would love to come back in spring or fall.

James Broaddus
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Jessica Blankenship
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HikingRocky

Great falls! Elevation on the return is tough, but doable by this novice hiker.

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Melissa Potter
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Hiking

Beautiful woods on a January day, enjoyed watching the tiny rivulets of water merge and become a lovely stream. The lower falls were partially frozen so that was very exciting to see. The trail is relentlessly uphill on the way back so be aware! You may need to take lots of rest breaks.

Lauren Catron
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Hiking

Gorgeous trail with beautiful waterfalls. The way back is definitely brutal because it’s all uphill. But totally worth it, in my opinion. Great for the dog too.

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