This will be a short article because there’s not a lot to say.
I realized that I had not commented on Jones Run in the post I made about Doyle’s River in the Shenandoah Park. To get to Doyle’s River the way I went, follow the Jones Run Falls trail down from Skyline Drive . After about a mile or so, the trail will lead you to a bluff overlooking Joness Run Falls. Once you work your way down the narrow and winding trail to the base of the falls, you are in a position to see and fish Jones Run .
That said, there is not much to fish. Even though Jones Run sports a falls, it’s more of a wide trickle of water skidding across a large, flat rock to collect in an exceptionally shallow pool. Downstream from there, it does not get any better. While I did see a couple pools that looked like they would have been big enough to hold a very small trout, for most of its length, the creek was exceptionally shallow — maybe an inch or two — and that was it.
As I walked down to Doyle’s River, and again on the way back up, I veered over to Jones Run to check it out to make sure that I was not going to miss anything spectacular given the brutal climb to get to Doyle’s River. Rest assured, there’s nothing here to miss. In short, don’t plan a trip just to visit this small trickle of water. Continue to walk the extra half mile that will put you on Doyle’s River. As you can read in the article on that small stream, it has enough water below the junction with Jones Run to give you a good, long day of mountain fishing.
Bottom Line : Skip Jones Run and move on to Doyle’s River.
Getting There: From Rt 29, turn west on Rt 33. Follow it up to the turn onto Skyline Drive. After you pay the entrance fee, turn south and go to mile marker 81 where the parking area is for the Jones Run Trail. Follow the Jones Run trail.
Google Local Coordinates: 38.230258,-78.693888
Secrets Revealed? No, this spot is not fishable
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Jones Run Falls
A trickle below the falls
One of the few “pools” I looked at
The other fishable pool
Hard to even see the water in may places… there is not much
Unless stated otherwise, this article was authored by Steve Moore