Browns Gap

A waterfall is surrounded by a dense, green forest.

This circuit hike leads you through designated Wilderness to Upper and Lower Doyles River Falls, as well as Jones Run Falls.

Distance: 6.5-mile circuit hike
Difficulty: Moderately Strenuous (explanation of our hiking difficulty scale)
Hiking Time: 7 hours
Elevation Gain: 1,400 feet

Hike Description

  1. From the Browns Gap Parking Area (mile 83), cross Skyline Drive and take Browns Gap Fire Road to its intersection with Doyles River Trail.
  2. Turn right and connect with Jones Run Trail.
  3. At the Jones Run parking area, take a right onto the Appalachian Trail.
  4. Follow the A.T. back to your starting point.  


The average hike duration does not take into consideration fitness, exploration, rest, contemplation, etc.

Pets must be on a leash no longer than 6 feet at all times.

An entrance fee is required to get into Shenandoah National Park.

The trailhead for this hike is located at Browns Gap parking area.

Accessibility Information

This trail does not meet ADA accessibility guidelines.

Area map of Loft Mountain including notable roads and trails.

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Last updated: February 19, 2021