Big Run Loop

Grottoes, Virginia

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A loop trail takes you through the hardwood forest and much park wilderness.
Hiking Shenandoah National Park


Hiking Shenandoah National Park

by Bert & Jane Gildart (Falcon Guides)

A loop trail takes you through the hardwood forest and much park wilderness.

© 2016 Bert & Jane Gildart/Falcon Guides. All Rights Reserved.

Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Grottoes
Distance: 5.8
Trail Type: Loop/Lollipop
Skill Level: Easy to Moderate
Duration: 2 to 4 hours
Season: Spring to Fall
Accessibility: Dog-friendly
Local Contacts: Shenandoah National Park
Local Maps: National Geographic Trails Illustrated Topographic Map 228; Map 11, Appalachian Trail and Other Trails in Shenandoah National Park, South District
Driving Directions: Directions to Big Run Loop

Recent Trail Reviews



We only hiked to Lower Doyle's River Falls, cutting the hike in half (roughly 3 miles). It was a nice hike. Be careful of rocks near the falls, they can be really slippery. Definitely would have been better to see the falls after some heavy rain or spring thaw because there was only a trickle of water when we were there.


Nice hike with fairly gradual elevation gain. The falls make for nice breaks. Summer of 2007 hasn't been particularly rainy so the falls are a bit less spectacular than normal. A short distance from the Doyles River parking is a nice cabin maintained by the Potomac Appalachian Trail Club. It is rustic but very nice. This is a nice place to sit on the porch and enjoy the surrounding beauty when it is not occupied.


We did these falls as part of a 2 day trip by with an overnight stop at the Loft Mt Campground. We hiked down Jones Run then up Doyes River to the campground. Very nice waterfalls! Trail and parking lot were busy on Labor Day weekend but it was still a great hike.


I hiked this loop on a weekday in June. Like most trails in this area, you are either going up or going down, very little level. Take your time on this one though, and allow time at the falls. There are three on this loop and each is worth some time. I saw no one else on the trail except on the AT which was busy with through hikers.

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Apr 2018