Browns Gap Waterfall Loop

An excellent day hike with multiple waterfalls, massive tulip trees, and a Confederate grave.

Hiking Difficult

10 km
413 m
413 m
2-3 hrs
Low Point
464 m
High Point
842 m
Browns Gap Waterfall Loop Map

A half-day hike for most, this loop visits three significant waterfalls in the southern region of Shenandoah National Park. Linking the AT, Doyles River Trail, Jones Run Trail, and a fire road, you'll explore two stunning canyons lined with old-growth tulips and plenty of smaller cascades. Along the fire road, you'll even pass a Confederate grave, a common occurrence throughout the Shenandoah Mountains.


As mapped, this hike begins at the Jones Run Falls Trailhead on Skyline Drive. You could also start at the Browns Gap Parking Area or take a short spur from the Dundo Group Campground. According to this source, the campground was "once the site of a Civilian Conservation Corps Camp." Either way, the start is nearly halfway between Rockfish Gap and Swift Run Gap, so allocate plenty of time to get to the trailhead if you're coming from a nearby town.

Though some would consider this hike moderate in difficulty, others may find it more challenging due to the elevation gain. At a minimum, set aside 3 hours for the hike, but know that it could take upwards of 5 or 6 on a hot day.




Hiking trails where obstacles such as rocks or roots are prevalent. Some obstacles can require care to step over or around. At times, the trail can be worn and eroded. The grade of the trail is generally quite steep, and can often lead to strenuous hiking.

Medium Exposure

2 out of 4

The trail contains some obstacles such as outcroppings and rock which could cause injury.


3 out of 4

Little chance of being seen or helped in case of an accident.

Best time to visit

between March and November


  • Wildlife
  • Historical
  • Picturesque
  • Dog friendly
  • Wild flowers
  • Water features
  • Family friendly
  • Forestry or heavy vegetation

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