This is a 3.2 mile, strenuous round trip hike to two beautiful waterfalls in the South District of Shenandoah National Park.

From the parking lot at MP 81.1 on the Skyline Drive, take the trailhead to the left of the sign with the trail map. Immediately you'll cross over the Appalachian Trail-stay straight on the blue-blazed trail to Doyles Falls.

The trail will descend rapidly for 1.3 miles to Upper Doyles Falls (28' waterfall), then another 0.3 miles to Lower Doyles Falls (63' waterfall).

Both of these waterfalls are beautiful and well-worth the effort. Keep in mind that water levels will be lower in the summer, and trees will block some of the view of the falls. Therefore, for the best flow conditions and views of the falls, winter months are the ideal time to visit, though these falls are beautiful in all seasons.

Once finished viewing the falls, simply retrace your steps the 1.6 miles and ~1200 foot ascent back to the parking lot, making sure to stay straight at the trail junction with the Appalachian Trail.

For a trail map of the area click here: nps.gov

Pack List

  • $20 entrance fee to Shenandoah National Park (or park pass)
  • Water
  • Camera
  • Tripod
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RT Distance 3.2 Miles
Elevation Gain 1190 Feet
Activities Photography, Hiking
Skill Level Beginner
Season Year Round
Trail Type Out-and-Back
Features
Easy Parking
Forest
River
Scenic
Waterfall
Wildflowers
Wildlife

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Gorgeous Hike

I really loved this hike. I thought it was beautiful and when I went there were butterflies everywhere. Sometimes in groups of 6 or 7. Due to the lack of rain I didn't have a ton of water at the falls but enough for a couple beautiful photos. I prefer the loop with the Appalachian Trail as well.

Photogenic Falls

The hike down is nice and easy, all down hill! You'll have plenty of energy to take some pictures. The lower falls is pretty impressive. Fairly wide and steep making a nice cascade. The hike out on a warm day is tiring and steep, bring cold water!

Great Hike! Watch Out For Bears!

This was a fun, early summer hike. It was quite busy, but still managed to find a parking space. About 500' into the hike, a black bear showed up on the trail. It wandered up on the trail a bit and then climbed a tree next to the trail to take a nap. It was still up there a couple hours later on the way out. Keep your eyes open!


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