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A Gorgeous Summer Adventure at Doyles River Falls

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

By: Jeremy Meek + Save to a List

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!

We want to acknowledge and thank the past, present, and future generations of all Native Nations and Indigenous Peoples whose ancestral lands we travel, explore, and play on. Always practice Leave No Trace ethics on your adventures and follow local regulations. Please explore responsibly!

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