Jones Run Trail to Pinefield Gap on the Appalachian Trail, Shenandoah National Park

This trail goes past the lovely and popular Doyles River Falls. Being summer, lots of unmasked weirdos were coming down the trail in flip flips to frolic in it. 😷 The majority of the Jones Run Trail to Pinefield Gap loop was uncrowded.

If you only want a waterfall, take the shorter Doyles River Falls Trail, which is a segment of Jones Run Trail to Pinefield Gap. Most of the workout is on the Doyles Falls segment anyway — the loop only adds another 200 feet of elevation gain.

Skip the fire road — come in counterclockwise, treat it as an out and back. The right side is steeper, but much prettier.

Total distance: 7.47 mi
Max elevation: 2771 ft
Min elevation: 1462 ft
Total climbing: 2486 ft
Total descent: -2483 ft
Average speed: 2.51 mi/h
Total time: 04:47:13
Frolicking maskless weirdos.
Private waterfall.
Obligatory feet.
More private waterfalls.


Distance7.37 miles
Elevation Gain1368 feet
Moving Time3 hours, 49 minutes
Total Time4 hours, 47 minutes
Average Pace38 minutes per mile / 1.9 mph


PackCamelBak Aventura hydration pack
NavigationPhone 6 with AllTrails Pro
ShoesHoka One One Challenger ATR 5 trail running shoes
Used Poles?No
ClothesSocks: Injinji Trail Midweight Mini Crew Toesocks


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