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Cedar Run Trail

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 4.3 (11) RECOMMENDED ROUTE

This trail is narrow, rough, and steep in a rocky gorge - its surface consists mostly of rocks.


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Map Key

3.0

Miles

4.8

KM

Point to Point

3,385' 1,032 m

High

1,221' 372 m

Low

2,179' 664 m

Up

19' 6 m

Down

14%

Avg Grade (8°)

55%

Max Grade (29°)

Dogs Leashed

Features River/Creek · Swimming · Waterfall

Overview

This rough and rocky trail is strenuous, though rewarding. The wild feel of the trail is accentuated by low amounts of visitors and the density of the woods. This is the perfect rugged trail for those seeking to get off the beaten path.

Description

Caution: This trail has a history of frequent accidents. Cedar Run Canyon is a beautiful, narrow, rocky gorge. The trail is narrow, rough, and steep, and its surface consists mostly of rocks.

On this trail, you'll be in true wilderness. When water levels are sufficient, there are many outstanding miniature waterfalls and cascades to be viewed during this hike. At one point along the trail there is an impressive cliff on the other side of Cedar Run, named Halfmile Cliff.

There are also two modest waterfalls along this trail. The upper falls are are locally known as "the slide" and is a favorite swimming spot in the summer. The lower waterfall is located a good ways below "the slide." There is no actual trail to the lower waterfall, although it does pass fairly close to the head of the falls. It is not easily seen or heard from the trail when the trees have leaves and/or water levels are low. The best bet is to locate it by sound, and then make your way upstream to the deep pool at the base of the falls.

From either end of the trail you can connect with the White Oak Canyon to Cedar Run Loop, or you can opt to return the way you came.

Thanks to Larry W. Brown, for sharing this trail description. If you’re interested in learning more details about great hikes, weather, camping / lodging, wildlife, and scenic drives, check out the comprehensive Guide to Shenandoah National Park.

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Shared By:

Larry W. Brown

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  4.3 from 11 votes

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  4.3 from 11 votes
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Cedar Run Falls is a pleasant companion along this section of the Cedar Run Trail.
Apr 16, 2017 near Stanley, VA
Upper Cedar Run Falls (known as "The Slide")
Mar 20, 2016 near Stanley, VA
Lower Cedar Run Falls
Mar 20, 2016 near Stanley, VA
A view from the top of the Lower Cedar Run Falls at high water levels.
Mar 20, 2016 near Stanley, VA

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Jul 25, 2020
Erik Soko
Jun 25, 2020
Bryan Speelman
Oct 4, 2019
Ryan Gillikin
14h 00m
Jul 30, 2019
H B
Apr 27, 2019
Alec Lynde
Beautiful hike with lots of water views on the way down! 3mi
Mar 12, 2019
Joy Granados
Hike on the way to rock spring cabin. Snowy conditions. Very peaceful. Backpacking trip 3.5mi
Nov 11, 2018
Lia Sacks
Aug 12, 2018
Matt Sagely
So hard. Rained really heavy after mile 1. 6.5mi