Upper Whiteoak Falls Loop via Cedar Run Trail

3 reviews #34 hike out of 152 in
8.1 mi
Distance
4 hrs 4 min
Time
terrain
2,231 ft
Elev Gain

Overview

This is a moderate loop trail to Upper Whiteoak Falls in Shenandoah National Park.

This trail goes by Cedar Run Falls, Hawksbill Gap, Upper Whiteoak Falls, and Lower Whiteoak Falls.

The Good: Did you say you want to see a waterfall...or five? Waterfalls abound in this scenic hike. You will have the opportunity to view them both from below and above. Of course, with waterfalls come plenty of swimming opportunities in the warmer weather. If you love hiking in and around water features, then this is the hike for you. The Not So Good: The 2000+ foot change in elevation does not fully describe the difficulty of the ascent on this hike (and the descent on the other side of the loop).

Getting Started

The parking lot can be a little tight, but the trailhead is right next to the parking lot.

Taking Children

While children will love wading and swimming around the various pools formed by the waterfalls, the hike can be a quite difficult for younger children. 9/10 for water features. 1/10 for steep inclines.



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cso27 4 years, 7 months ago
White Oak Canyon/Cedar Run
Walked up Cedar Run and down White Oak Canyon to avoid having to go down the steep rocky sections of Cedar Run. Beautiful views of water for most of the hike except the yellow marked horse trail. Strenuous but well worth it.
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theoktays 1 year, 3 months ago
White Oak Falls Loop
Rough and strenuous both up and down. Plan for plenty of time. Did not get back to car until 10:30. Pretty cool that Lara pulled this off. Had a great time with her.
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