Big Run Loop

Luray, Virginia 22835

Big Run Loop

Big Run Loop Professional Guide

Detailed Trail Description from our Guidebook

"This circuit takes you through several types of forest and mountain lands. Start at Big Run Overlook, then descend into prototype oak woods. Travel a dry piney ridgeline with its attendant mountain laurel.

Make your way to a tributary of Big Run, where a moist valley harbors cove hardwoods such as tulip trees. After climbing out, join a ridgeline that leads to the Appalachian Trail (AT), where you walk the spine of the Blue Ridge amid boulder fields and bluffs."

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Hiking Shenandoah National Park (Falcon Guides)
Bert & Jane Gildart
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"A loop trail takes you through the hardwood forest and much park wilderness." Read more

Big Run Loop Reviews

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7/7/2011
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10/17/2010
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.
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7/26/2007
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.
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9/3/2006
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.
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6/2/2003
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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3/23/2001
Take time to admire the small cascades and moss gardens before arriving at the lower Doyle''s River Falls. I like the small forests of moss that surround the environments of wet areas. I think the lower falls are more impressive than the upper but I’ll let you decide that for yourself when you go. The sound of rushing water soothes the nerves and blocks out some of the nagging thought processes. White noise is useful in some situations.

After resting, I put one foot in front of the other and proceeded back up the mountain. One thing about hiking in Shenandoah, there is nearly always varying terrain. You are either going up or coming down. Most side trails from Skyline Drive go down the mountain so you must face the uphill on the way back.

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Trail Information

Luray
Nearby City
Dog-friendly
Accessibility
5.8
Distance
Loop/Lollipop
Trail Type
Easy to Moderate
Skill Level
3.5-4.5 hours
Duration
Year-round
Season
Views, Wildflowers
Features
Shenandoah National Park (540) 999-3500.
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