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Jones Run Falls Trail is a 4.5 mile heavily trafficked 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 and is best used from March until November. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Length 4.5 mi Elevation gain 1,272 ft Route type Out & Back

Dogs on leash

Kid friendly

Hiking

Nature trips

Walking

River

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Waterfall

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Getting There

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. Just beyond milepost 84 is a small parking area with the trailhead.

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Leighann P.
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Hiking

Hiked this trail on a Friday afternoon starting around 11. Saw a few groups of people but not too crowded. There were a couple of stream crossings but not so high that my boots got wet. We’d had some storms recently so the Jones Run falls had a good amount of water. The way back is all uphill.

Josh L
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HikingMuddy

Awesome trail. Got there by 9am. Parking lot was empty. By the time we returned at noon it was full. Trail was well kept. Some of the rocks were a bit slippery. Spotted a young black bear on the return.

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Holly Valentine
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HikingFloodedMuddyRocky

First hike in a while, and it was wonderful!! You can get to the first Waterfall pretty quick from the Jones Run Falls trailhead, about 2½ miles. The trail was pretty busy up till that point. After that, the traffic lightened a lot and we hardly passed anyone. We did the loop which was around 8½ miles total. Due to all the rain we've had, the trail was really wet and slick. Some of the path had turned into small rivers themselves and we had to cross some bigger slippery rocks to get to the next trail blaze. I wouldn't take children on this loop, it's moderate in difficulty and has some steep spots. Its was so peaceful and probably one of my favorites

Karla H.
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HikingMuddy

Definitely more moderate to strenuous for younger kids less than 5.

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Emma B.
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Hiking

Although it says closed on AllTrails, this trail is now open! Gorgeous trail and waterfalls.....it was heavily packed on a Saturday afternoon which meant lots of pulling off to the side of the trail to let people pass our 2 dogs. Although we didn’t mind at all, that is something to consider if you prefer more private trails! Downhill on the way in and all uphill on the way back. The stream crossings were enjoyable, a nice place to sit and rest a bit.

Holly Weisiger
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Hiking

Great trail! Mostly downhill going in, especially the last mile or so. The waterfalls were gorgeous and not too dry. Hiked from 11-1ish and it wasn’t crowded at all. Not muddy like i was expecting. It was my first time hiking in Shenandoah and I loved everything about it. Hiking out was tough because all uphill but it was a great workout and totally worth it. Would definitely recommend! Can’t wait to go back up there and explore more trails

Mary K
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HikingRocky

It’s a great trail and is now open again! The sides got a little overgrown, likely from the closure, but it’s still very easily recognizable and clearly marked. I hiked past Jones Run Falls over to Lower Doyle River Falls, and both were spectacular. Take your time crossing the rivers, the rocks are pretty slick, but worth the trek.

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Bronwyn Baumgardner
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Hiking

This was a fun one. We did the 3.2 mile trail to the falls then back up to the lot. It is downhill on the way to the Falls. Today was very foggy so not amazing views but the falls were beautiful. The trail was really wet and slippery today.

Katy Sanderson
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Hiking

Overall nice hike! We went around 10am and we were the only car in the parking lot. The first half is downhill, we stopped at the falls which were beautiful. Had lunch at the falls then turned back. The hike back is almost entirely uphill, a few areas were strenuous but overall an easy-moderate uphill. Total time was 2 hours (excluding lunch), and we clocked in at 4 miles instead of 4.5. A solid hike, would recommend. One note: you do have to pay the NP entrance fee to get to skyline drive and get to the hike.

Shannon Zahn
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HikingRocky

We started at Brown’s Gap and did an easy 1.5 miles on the Appalachian Trail before the decent to the falls. Kids were entertained by the varied trail and the waterfall was a nice place for a snack.

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Paula Jimenez
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Christine Phelps
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Hiking

BEAUTIFUL does not describe this one. I love hiking waterfalls and I am a total rock hound so this one is perfect. I cant wait to go in the spring and explore more (aka rock climb :)

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Danica M
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ML M.
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Hiking

The 1st mile or so of this is a gradual wide descent down which moves away from the stream and doesn't turn back near it until closer to the falls. Once it gets to the falls, it stays along the stream the rest of the way down and of course gets more rocky with roots which is the fun part. Given the low amount of rain this season, I wasn't expecting much out of the falls, but was still impressed with the height of them. Between these two intersecting falls trails, I probably enjoyed Doyles River Trail better because of the steeper falls/trail.

Jenn Funderburk
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Hiking

Nice cool weather. Water is still flowing, not strong, but there! Nice trail!

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Chris Denby
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Hiking

falls are quite underwhelming at the moment since we have not had much rain lately but this is a beautiful hike thru the woods alot of cool geology, saw a small black bear about halfway thru and a big buck near the beginning

Matt Shore
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Definitely nice...downhill at first to the waterfall, but then on the way back is all uphill. A little rough a lt times. Saw some bears which was a suprise. Would do this one again.

Terri R.
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Hiking

loved it! the trail was not busy at all when we were there. Coming back up from the falls was a bit of a struggle for newbies, but all in all it was awesome!

Lindsy Saltarelli
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Merry Barnett
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HikingRocky
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Tony Robinson
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Hiking

Beautiful hike. No problems trekking on this 4.5 mile trail.

Sin Jeon
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Brittany N.
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Hiking

Fantastic trail! Very, very steep in spots. The Falls weren’t flowing heavy when I went, but it was still beautiful. Other reviews mentioned bears. They’re definitely right. I parked at 8am and wasn’t even on the trail yet when I saw a mamma bear & two cubs. They were eating berries in the trees above the trail sign. I returned later around 2pm and completed it. Great workout - kicked my butt.

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April Bennett
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Hiking

Wonderful falls — make sure you go all the way down to the big ones. My nine year old was flagging on the way back when it got steep, but the steep part isn’t too long.

Bruce Henecker
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Hiking

Good hike with three kids, youngest being 3 years old.

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