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

3.4 miles
1,181 feet
Out & Back

dogs on leash

kid friendly


nature trips




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.

4 days ago

Loved this hike. Lots of water over the falls due to the recent rain. This is a great hike if you want to do an overnight in the back country. There is some flat ground near where the Doyles Stream and James Stream meet. If you like to fish...bring your fly rod and license. This is a harvest stream over 9". I saw several trout in the deep pools that were close to the 9" mark.

1 month ago

love the waterfalls.

2 months ago

Beautiful after Labor Day hike, we started at the forest road out to Doyle's River and the around to Jones Run for a complete loop.

2 months ago

This trail is all downhill one way to get to the falls, which obviously means it’s all uphill on the way back. The trail itself is wide and easily traversable, and the falls make the hike worth it. For those with kids, remember that the trip back up the trail is much more strenuous than the way down. My five year-old, an “easy” hike veteran, had difficulty in the way back up this trail and I had to give her a ride on my shoulders for most of the way back up. Great trail though, with beautiful scenery and awesome falls to view and play in.

4 months ago

Good trail. Well maintained. Good waterfall views

4 months ago

Such a beautiful trail... fun for all the family

4 months ago

Beautiful waterfalls, hike back up was challenging!

5 months ago

Beautiful waterfall hike in early May. Lots of water running over falls. Be prepared for a steady uphill climb on the return. Hiking poles recommended! Hiked on a hot day temps in mid 80’s with very little shade or breeze as the leaves hadn’tcome out yet. Very buggy. Wear bug spray !!!

10 months ago

This was a fun trail in June. Not too bad with the kids.

Wednesday, November 08, 2017

Lovely hike! Yesterday's rain made it flow quite nicely!

Thursday, October 19, 2017

This was a excellent hike the falls were dry this time of year but a good hike.

Monday, October 16, 2017

Fantastic downhills walk to the falls. There is a good amount of spring run off and they are beautiful in the fall. It's a hike coming back, gives a good heart pumping.

Saturday, September 09, 2017

Great hike today.

Monday, August 28, 2017

Nice trail, some great rock formations. It is August and the waterfalls were just a trickle. I have never used a hiking stick before but there were a number of them laying around at the trailhead so I grabbed one and it really helped on the hike out.

Monday, June 26, 2017

Short, and strenuous on the way out. Great conditioning! Good waterfalls and not a lot of depth for swimming.

Friday, June 23, 2017

Saturday, April 29, 2017

Both the upper and lower falls are beautiful. the hike down is very easy and quick but the hike back up was moderately difficult. The trail was hot because of the lack of shade and it is definitely not an easy walk through the woods but the falls are worth the hike for sure

Monday, April 10, 2017

Beautiful hike. Go for the lower falls which are great

Wednesday, April 05, 2017

My dog loved this one.

Sunday, March 26, 2017

The parking lot for it is just down past the picnic and restroom area so that's a great stop before you start out. ^.~ the trail was really nice and well marked. You walk for a bit on the fire road but it's still quite lovely.

Sunday, February 19, 2017

It was a great hike, the way back up was tough but it was so worth it, especially for what a GORGEOUS Sunday in February!!! Will definitely be back when everything is in bloom!!!

Saturday, September 24, 2016

This is a nice trail but it is straight down on the way in and straight up on the way back. It was quite crowded the day we were there, but it was a beautiful day. The waterfalls had been reduced to something of a trickle because this autumn has been so dry.

Wednesday, January 20, 2016

It was a great trail! Kicked my butt. It's a "what goes down must come up" kind of trail. Would do it again in a heart beat.

Thursday, December 24, 2015

One of my favorite trails on Skyline. Not too long and not too short for a good day hike to some amazing waterfalls. You'll come to a small waterfall first, probably 20 feet or so, and then comes a larger waterfall - one great for photos and climbing around. Keep hiking down and you'll come to the big waterfall which is astounding at sunset. The hike back up can be intense to the novice hiker, but not difficult for the experienced. Great location for the photographer to shoot water photos on the two larger waterfalls. If you're on Skyline for a few days, definitely make a stop here!

Tuesday, October 13, 2015

We did the Jones Run/Doyles River combo. We loved it! Beautiful scenery and a great combination of a relaxing hike and a challenging work out. We took our two dogs, and they loved it, too. We even saw a little black bear, which made the day even more special. Definitely one of our favorites!

Thursday, November 22, 2012

hiked this one again, great as always there was still plenty of water for being this late in the season. its best to combine jones run but just the down and back is rewarding as well.

Friday, May 11, 2012

We did this as part of the Doyles River and Jones Run loop. This is a beautiful waterfall hike and you'll see even more if you do the whole loop. Combined it was 7 miles. This is off of skyline drive in the Sheandoah National Park. The only drawback was having to pay the fee to get into the park but it was well worth it.

29 days ago

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