Falls of the Doyles River in Virginia

Doyles River Falls in Shenandoah National Park (Albermarle County)

Doyles River Falls (there are two waterfalls to be exact), is a must-see in Shenandoah National Park. At 28 feet and 63 feet respectively, these Falls are very popular with visitors so plan to arrive early and be prepared for a steep return hike! It is 3.2 miles down and back.

If you can, visit after a period of heavy or consistent rain when these waterfalls truly come to life. In early Fall they are mere trickles of water!

Directions

Please look at our Virginia Waterfall Map for accurate locations!

You have two options:

  • The most direct hike starts from the Doyles River Parking area at Mile 81.1. This is the route I use for the fastest up-and-down when trying to avoid the crowds.
  • You can also park at the Browns Gap Fire Road (Mile 83) and complete a 5.8 mile loop hike that includes the Falls of Jones Run.
Doyles River Parking
Doyles River Parking

Trail Map

NOTE – This is a steep 3.2 mile return hike so pack water and wear proper hiking shoes!

From the Doyles River parking area, follow the blue blazes down to the Falls. There are some side-trails (AT, Doyles River Cabin and Browns Gap Rd) but look for a blue blaze when in doubt!

At 0.85 miles you will cross the Doyles River on a bridge meaning the Falls will be on your left further down.

Doyles River Bridge
Doyles River Bridge

You will reach Doyles River Falls #1 at 1.28 miles. It is a short scramble down to its base.

Doyles River Falls #1 - Fall
Doyles River Falls #1 – Fall

Return to the trail and continue down until mile 1.6 to see Doyles River Falls #2.

Doyles River Falls #2
Doyles River Falls #2

If you feel energetic you can continus along the trail but you won’t find better waterfalls!

Trail Map - Doyles River Falls
Trail Map – Doyles River Falls (click to enlarge)

Trail Profile

Doyles River Falls Profile
Doyles River Falls Profile