Waterfalls of Jones Run in Shenandoah National Park – Albemarle County
The out-and-back Jones Run Trail is one of the easier waterfall hikes in Shenandoah making it a good starter hike if you are unsure about your hiking abilities.
Along the 1.8 mile (3.6 miles return) trail are two pretty waterfalls and a cascade. The trail gradient is gentle.
You have two options to see the Falls of Jones Run. I park in the Jones Run parking area and prefer the out-and-back because I want to get down early and fast to begin my shoots long before other hikers arrive. Then rush to the next waterfalls before the sun rises too high!
If you want a longer and steeper hike that includes the two waterfalls of the Doyles River, you can park at mile 83 (Browns Gap) then combine the Browns Gap Fire Rd, the Doyles River Trail, the Jones Run Trail and the Appalachian Trail for a 5.8 mile loop hike!
To hike down to the Falls and back, park at the Jones Run Trailhead (Mile 84.1). It is a popular hike on weekends so it is best to arrive early!
Please see our Virginia Waterfall Map for accurate locations.
The trail curves steady downhill. At 1.6 miles, Jones Run Falls #1 comes into view on your left.
Continue downhill for a short distance and you will suddenly stand above Jones Run Falls #2. From here a short switchback takes you to the base of the Falls at mile 1.8. This is the main waterfall along Jones Run.
At this point you can return back to the parking area but I suggest you continue downhill for just a few minutes to see the Jones Run Cascades.
NOTE – You can continue down the trail until it meets up with the Doyles River Trail. A left turn will take you to two stunning waterfalls but I will cover these in an upcoming post.