A Gorgeous Summer Adventure at Doyles River Falls

Doyles River Falls, Virginia, United States


Jeremy Meek

So gorgeous that even the bears want to get in on the fun!

The trail to Doyles River Falls (Upper and Lower) makes for a grand adventure and leg-stretching outing as you journey along Skyline Drive in Shenandoah National Park. For details on getting to this hike, check out Elyse Clark's post here.

Upper Doyles River Falls

At 28' feet tall, this is a warmup to its big brother further downstream.

Lower Doyles River Falls

This 63' tall waterfall is quite picturesque. The closer you get to it, the more slippery it gets; be careful!


I went on this hike not even thinking about bears; I NEVER see bears when I go hiking (not many bears in Arizona). Surprise! I didn't need my bear spray because this black bear had its eyes on a treetop nap (climbed up a nearby tree and slept while I was checking out the waterfalls). Have fun, be safe, and keep your eyes open for bears on the ground and in the trees!

Published: March 6, 2017

Jeremy MeekStoryteller

Construction and sustainability guru by day. Recreational photographer and blogger by night and weekend. I love exploring my home state of Arizona and pursuing adventure beyond its borders.

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