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Jones Run Trail

Intermediate
 4.7 (7)

A moderate hike on a good trail to an attractive waterfall.


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Map Key

2.5

Miles

4.0

KM

Point to Point

2,814' 858 m

High

1,580' 482 m

Low

0' 0 m

Up

1,233' 376 m

Down

9%

Avg Grade (5°)

24%

Max Grade (14°)

Dogs Leashed

Features River/Creek · Waterfall · Wildflowers · Wildlife

Family Friendly Short and relatively moderate, youngsters will enjoy heading out to this great waterfall.

Description

This gentle to moderate descent leads visitors through a bit of natural history. Since the area that is now Shenandoah National Park used to be pasture land, visitors will be able to descend through young forests, cross creeks and enjoy this shady trail on their way to the falls.

The Appalachian Trail (AT) crosses the Jones Run Trail just a few yards from its start. Cross the AT and, after about half a mile, cross Jones Run. The trail follows an old road trace for another third of a mile, then swings left and continues downhill through a very young forest that was a pasture when the park was created. After joining the stream on your left, continue another 0.2 mile to the head of the falls.

The trail swings sharp right, then makes a switchback to the left and returns to the base of the falls where there is a concrete marker post. Jones Run drops about 42 feet over a nearly vertical cliff that crosses the gorge and continues for a distance down the left bank of the stream. Where the cliff is watered by spray from the falls, it's covered with a great variety of mosses and flowering plants.

Return by the way you came, or you can opt to access the Doyles River Trail.

Thanks to Larry W. Brown, for sharing this trail description. If you’re interested in learning more details about great hikes, weather, camping / lodging, wildlife, and scenic drives, check out the comprehensive Guide to Shenandoah National Park.

Contacts

Shared By:

Larry W. Brown with improvements by Slavin Rose

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  4.7 from 7 votes

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Jones Run Falls
Mar 19, 2016 near Grottoes, VA
Jones Run Falls
May 14, 2018 near Grottoes, VA
One of many stunning waterfalls.
Oct 2, 2018 near Grottoes, VA
Jones Run Falls.
Jan 22, 2016 near Grottoes, VA
Jones Run Falls
Mar 20, 2016 near Grottoes, VA
Jones Run Trail.
Mar 25, 2016 near Grottoes, VA

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Jun 21, 2020
Chris W
May 24, 2020
Anna Moy
3.5mi — 2h 45m
Feb 22, 2020
Carleigh Sprouse
Jul 15, 2019
Paige Lambermont
3.5mi — 1h 18m
Jul 8, 2019
Ken Blankenship
10h 30m
Jun 23, 2018
Zachary Reese
The water was running high making a couple stream crossings more interesting for my 6-year-old. Great hike otherwise and the waterfall is worth it.
Oct 27, 2017
Mark Locuson
Hiked down to the waterfall and back. Noel saw dogs on the way back and was a psycho. 2.5mi
Aug 26, 2017
Caleb Hernandez