Once we had the T@B-400 comfortably ensconced on Site 58 at Loft Mountain we headed to MP 81 and the Doyles River Falls Trail. It’s a fun walk through the woods, no panoramic views on this trail, just a continual downward slope. Partway down we were advised that there was a bear near the Lower Falls and we realized that we’d left our bear spray in the car. We chose to enjoy the Upper Falls then turn around for the hike up. By the time we reached the top our FitBits indicated we’d climbed the equivalent of 77 flights of stairs! We didn’t go up to Doyles River Cabin, a modern rustic structure that can sleep up to twelve, but it made us wonder who was the Doyle for whom this river is named, and who built the spring box. Did the CCC build the wall that the spring water now flows through? We know the Shenandoah is a purchased park and that makes us curious about the people who once called this place home.

A nice hike for pondering the geology, botany, zoology, and anthropology of the area!

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