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Whiteoak Canyon to Cedar Run Loop

 39 votes

8.2 Miles 13.1 Kilometers


80%

Singletrack

2,255' 687 m

Ascent

-2,255' -687 m

Descent

3,385' 1,032 m

High

1,191' 363 m

Low

10%

Avg Grade (6°)

47%

Max Grade (25°)

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72 days agoUpdate

Among the best hikes --if not the best hike-- in Shenandoah. Enjoy waterfalls for 9 miles.

Nicholas Crow

Overview

This route has you climbing through Whiteoak Canyon along beautiful waterfalls. During warm months you're under canopy and during winter months you'll likely enjoy fog. Sections are fairly steep, but you'll be never far away from a great view allowing you to catch your breath. Once past upper falls, your climb continues across a bridge and up a fire road the connects you to Cedar Run Trail. From here you'll hike down 2500ft along Robinson River, where you'll discover more waterfalls and will see more wildlife. Near the bottom there is swimming area and waterfall slide.
Features: Fall Colors — River/Creek — Swimming — Views — Waterfall — Wildlife
Family Friendly: You can turn around at any point and still consider this a great hike. The payoff is all around you and the river is very accessible during the first couple of miles.
Dogs: Leashed

Need to Know

This route looks like a 7 mile hike on some maps, but when you actually do it you'll find it's just over 9 miles, so please adjust your plans accordingly.

Description

When hiking this loop you are immediately greeted with easy stream and bridge crossings, leading up to a steady climb. Rains changes the nature of the stream crossing; sometimes you have to splash through a couple inches of water at 3 of the crossings. The careful stacking of rocks or the use of trekking poles can prevent a wet misstep. During this period the trail is also wet, so bring a change of socks just in case.

Though never far from water, each crest and bend reveals yet another waterfall. Near the top there is stunning overlook where you can peer down the canyon and enjoy the waterfall far below you. After the upper falls the Whiteoak Canyon trail continues on, but you'll cross the river using the bridge, which will take you to a fire trail where you'll gain more elevation. The whole area is heavily forested and is absolutely remarkable when the leaves change.

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Oct 24, 2017
Teddy Rogge
Oct 23, 2017
Teddy Rogge
Oct 7, 2017
Jason U
9mi
Oct 7, 2017
Danielle Meyer
Oct 6, 2017
Adam Simmons
Started at the top, made it very difficult 9mi
Sep 23, 2017
Ramon Contreras
8.2mi
Sep 4, 2017
Andy Wass
Counter clockwise, started on skyline drive 8mi
Sep 3, 2017
Gina Mendolia
Baby black bear!

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  4.7 from 39 votes

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