Jeremy's Run Trail

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Jeremy's Run Trail is a 11.7 mile heavily trafficked loop trail located near Sperryville, Virginia that features a waterfall and is good for all skill levels. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from March until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail.

11.7 miles
2,463 feet

dog friendly

kid friendly




nature trips

trail running





wild flowers

This trail is also accessible from Rileyville, VA. The hike from the bottom provides swimming holes and a small waterfall in the first 2 miles.

20 hours ago

We didn’t actually do the full loop because we were just backpacking in to camp one night by the river. We parked at Elkwallow Wayside and backpacked along the AT for about half a mile, then onto Jeremy’s Run Trail. We saw a bear about a mile into our hike. The path down to the river had a gentle grade then along the river it was very easy. There were several river crossings, and on a few of them we had to work hard to keep from getting our feet wet. We walked along the river for about six miles, then turned around and backtracked to a place we’d passed by earlier that was perfect for setting up our tent. It was a very pleasant night and we were awakened by what sounded like a group of barred owls calling to each other. The next day the hike out was very quick, and we saw a bear along the AT behind Elkwallow. There weren’t very many people on this trail. I think it’d be perfect for a family with young children because you don’t have to go very far before getting to the river.

2 months ago

The entrance at Jeremies run is closed

2 months ago

I saw 2 Black Cubs. Overall good trail.

3 months ago

We started at the parking lot then hit up Knob cutoff trail first as we thought to get the climbing done first. The climb in this route is shorter but sharper and will get you breathing nicely. The hike along the ridge is a good workout but no views to speak of with all the foliage. Our plan was to come back around on Jeremy's run and camp for the night but we made the decision to press on and do it all in one day. Stellar workout and the trail through the water (many times!) on the way back is very pretty. Three things to watch out for: 1. Ticks. As previously mentioned I'd recommend regular inspections for you and your canine companions. Right now they are everywhere. 2. Bears. WE saw a gigantic mother bear with 3 cubs just after getting onto Jeremy's trail. Biggest darn animal I've ever seen in the wild. Awe inspiring but please keep your eyes and ears open and don't stumble upon them. 3. The entire loop is actually more like 15 miles than as mentioned in this trail description. Not a huge deal but something to be aware of if you decide to do the entire thing with a big backpack like we did. Those last few miles will push your legs :) All in all a great epic day out and we saw another bear on the way home. But this isn't one if you like wide open sweeping vistas.

4 months ago

First trip taking the kids; ran across two poisonous snakes (one right between my legs while wading near the waterfall) and an pretty close encounter with a black bear (startled each other at about a range of 60 feet). We went way to late in the season last year so the views from the ridge line were heavily obstructed by foliage. Most challenging portion is the initial mile or two while climbing up to the ridge line. After that, day one was smooth sailing. We camped at a great spot right along side the waterfall. The hike out the next day was a fairly gradual climb back up to the trail head. Would def go again!

5 months ago

TICKS! Ticks, ticks, ticks, ticks, ticks. Admittedly went in to this trek ignorant to the prevalence of ticks in Virginia, especially as it relates to spring, but my goodness were they everywhere. They unfortunately consumed a lot of our time - fighting them off, checking each other, keeping bags off the ground, etc. We couldn't even sit at our backcountry camp site, as within minutes there'd be 2-3 crawling up your boot.

This was a combination of lack of preparedness by us (i'll never go in the woods without premethrine spray and /or treated clothes again) and negligence by the welcome center of Shenandoah National Park. We spent 30 minutes discussing possible treks with a Ranger there, going over every little detail including what to look out for. That ticks never came up, knowing how unbelievably prevalent they are there, was ridiculous. You have families and newbie backpackers coming in oblivious, and you don't even mention it? Whatever with the bears ....TICKS! One ended up getting me, and I'm not happy about it.

Regarding the actual trek, it was nice. The stream/river was beautiful and we set up camp about 30 yards off of it. Provided beautiful sounds all day and night. Had a day hike up Neighbor's Mountain (2400 feet) which was cool. Nothing amazing, just a bunch of pretty vistas at the peak. On your way down Jeremy's Run to start the ascent of Neighbor Mountain, you'll come across a pretty water fall. Nothing monstrous, but decent size and power. Adjacent to that waterfall is an ideal camping spot. I'm guessing it's very popular and it had a lot of signs of use. Yet another thing that should've been mentioned by the Ranger. I would target this as a camp spot for overnighters. Spacious and you're right on the waterfall. You'll see stone steps going up to the area across the stream near the waterfall.

All in all, good not great. Take a bath in permetrhine before you go! Kidding of course, it goes on clothes and gear only.

EDIT: I failed to mention that along Jeremy's Run you'll have to cross the stream/river about 15 times. When we went the water was very low, making crossing easy.

Tuesday, September 12, 2017

Like most I did the Jermy's run and Knob Mountain loop as a quick over night backpacking trip. Jeremys Run was an easy trek perfect for a day hike out and back, took us about 2 hours to get to the Knob Mountain start. You're feet will get wet, we did this in the pouring rain and the creek crossings were very shallow but rocks are extremely slippery leading to toes and heels dipping in. Knob Mountain is a pretty intense uphill switch back for the first 3.3 miles, if you aren't in good condition you will have a hard time getting up there. The walk down was easy and quick. Took the cutoff trail back to Jeremys run which was a nice rocky downhill with one more creek crossing before heading back up the uphill Jeremy's Run entrance.

Saturday, May 06, 2017

This should really be called "Jeremy's Run + Knob Mountain Loop". Jeremy's run is a moderate but very nice hike with a ton of waterfalls (depending on your definition of a waterfall), but the Knob Mountain Trail is a pretty big climb, and as others have said the views are nice but obstructed... you never really come out of the trees. That said, we did see a black bear at the northernmost part of this loop, right where you meet the fire road (marked as "Knob Mountain Restricted Road" on the Topo map).

I'd do this again, but I'd only do Jeremy's Run as an out-and-back. And yeah... Steven Steinbacher is absolutely right about the ticks, too. Brutal (in early May, anyway).

Monday, May 01, 2017

Did an REI overnight as an out and back, in perfect weather! Quite fun! There were numerous stream crossings, and I was glad for my decision to wear lightweight approach shoes and waterproof pants rather than heavy hiking gear. most crossings were midcalf; one reached my knees.

Tuesday, July 05, 2016

Hiked this route with my girlfriend and 6 month lab puppy. We followed the route as marked on this map and it was over 14 miles.
Yes - there are some nice streams but otherwise the views are very unsatisfying compared with other options in the area. Additionally, the bugs were very bad and the Ticks were relentless. I picked off probably 20 from myself and the dog collected no less than 20 as well. It was a very tiring day that luckily wasn't too hot as there is a lot of cover from the sun. Still, over 7 hours of hiking with no real reward in the way of a view and awful bugs made this a hike we won't return to.

Sunday, November 01, 2015

Great Trail! We started at the bottom in Rileysville. To get there take Vaughn's Summit Road from the 340 (we started in the direction of Luray). It winds a bit but when you see the little bridge that crosses over the stream that is where the hike starts. It's not obvious from the road. No obvious parking. No trailhead marker. However there is a bit of yellow paint on the tree at the very beginning of the trail that my fiancé spotted. It was a really fun trail. It was in the 40-50's yesterday so crossing the river (which the trail requires frequently) was especially challenging since we didn't want to go in the drink. LOL! Took some hilarious videos. :-) :-) :-) And the water was high from recent rain. The leaves were just past their peak but for a California girl, it is absolutely stunning this weekend. Very quiet trail. We loved that. We passed a total of 10 hikers all day. 4 were backpacking. 2 were fishing and 4 looked like they were out for just the first mile or so of the trail. Enjoy!!

Tuesday, April 01, 2014

Hiked this trail Feb 1 2014 after a snow and it was gorgeous. Just a few areas theat were steep so the snow made it difficult, but all in all a pretty easy trail with lots of water views and climbing opportunities.

Sunday, February 02, 2014

Jeremy's Run
Length: 10.0 miles, moderate difficulty Elevation change: 2222 feet PATC Map: 9
Jeremy's Run is one of the most scenic streams in the northern section of the Shenandoah National Park. The trail is beautifully forested and the run itself is a continual series of cascades and pools that provide numerous opportunities for a swim. The hike up to the top of Neighbor Mountain paid the toll for the easy drop down to Jeremy's Run. We had multiple stream crossings, and were able to stay dry, but believe at some times of year you will have to wade to cross. The valley abounds with wildlife and bears. We saw bears on the drive in, but not on the trail. We hiked this for the 2013 NCAC Hikeoree.
Start at the small parking area on the Skyline Drive at milepost 26.8. From the small parking area, follow the sign to Neighbor Mountain Trail. Follow Neighbor Mountain Trail to Jeremy's Run Trail to the Appalachian Trail. Follow the AT to Elkwallow Wayside.

Thursday, August 08, 2013

This was a really great early August hike. The trail runs along the stream, with over a dozen crossings. The trail head is near the Elkwallow picnic area, not the wayside. The trail drops down early, but is a slow easy descent after that. It is heavily wooded, and popular with trail runners and day hikers.

I intended to camp, and there are lots of backcountry camping spots. I hiked the loop (Jeremy's Run-Knob Mountain) clockwise, and reached the campsite at the south end after only a couple hours. Still, this is the spot to camp, right next to the waterfalls. But, with an early start, the loop is easily a one day hike.

I camped the night at the campsite, and got up early to take on the ridge. The climb was early in the hike, and a series of switchbacks. Probably close to a 1200-1400 ft rise. The majority of the rest is easier stuff along the ridge, which has some good views, although they might be better in the spring or fall. The trail is well maintained, rocky in parts, and beautiful.

I saw one bear, although I saw a lot of tracks and turned over stones, as well as dug up areas under tree stumps. So far, the bears seem to be active higher on the ridge in the early morning (I'm no expert, but this is when I have seen and heard them). I kept hearing it moving above me on the hill during the climbing section, but when I reached the ridge, he was heading down the side below me. I wore a bear bell on my pack, which detracts from the natural experience, but I am sure we both appreciated knowing I was coming.

The last bit is a climb, back on part of the trail where you began.

With some water and an early start, this is a five-seven hour round trip. Maybe up to 9 if you stop a lot.

Monday, June 10, 2013

It is a long, secluded hike (at least it was for me, saw not one person!). Difficult for its length, my gps said 15 miles at conclusion for the loop. Better to do Knob to Jeremy's. if you do the reverse loop, wow... Much harder!! I enjoyed the long and peaceful, yet endurance challenging hike. True, summer lacks any views or any truly amazing scenic points, but it is so nice out there deep in wilderness. Enjoy it for what it is! Jeremy's crosses many times/ 15?!! I lost count! Have good boots and poles, no problem, otherwise you will have wet feet!!

Monday, December 10, 2012

Excellent trail. Allot of water crossings. I also recommend back country camping on the southern end of the trail just to the SW of the waterfall.

Saturday, August 25, 2012

Hiking Jeremy's Run from the bottom in Rileyville is a nice experience. The trail starts moderate but after a mile becomes steady. One mile in there is a nice series of swimming holes. After crossing the creek three times and about another mile in there is a small waterfall. It is a nice relaxing day hike for the kids.

Sunday, November 13, 2011

With about 14 stream crossings, there's a good chance you'll get your feet wet.

I started at the Elk Hollow picnic area [around mile 24 of Skyline] 8:30AM and followed the trail down towards Jeremy's Run. I was dressed in layers and coat for a typical mid November day. Two hours into the hike, I was down to a tank and tshirt. Day turned out to be in upper 50s/low 60s. Even though it hadn't rained for a week or two, the streams weren't that low and the rocks slippery. [I assume Spring is even more of a challenge.] The climb from Jeremy's up wasn't too difficult but there was a good steep incline with switchbacks for a few miles.

All around, a good day hike, especially on a beautiful day. You'll work up an appetite.

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