Shenandoah National Park: White Oak Trail-Cedar Run Loop 

Access some of the National Park System's best swimming holes on this rugged canyon loop.


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Author: themapeditor
Date: 22 Apr 2013 4:53:23 PM
Source: GPX file
Activity: Backpacking
State: Virginia (VA)
Distance: 8.59 mi  (Change units)
Survey Elevation: Total Gain: 2399 ft
Total Loss: 2389 ft
Net Change: 11 ft
Difficulty: 5 / 10
Tags: Oldrag, Shenandoah National Park, Virginia
Rating: Unrated   Rate it

Nine waterfalls with ideal splash ponds and a natural slide await on this tough, 8.6-mile loop through two of Shenandoah’s steepest (and most beautiful) canyons. Whiteoak’s falls draw crowds, so plan an overnight to have the pools to yourself. Start from the Whiteoak Canyon trailhead on a week- day afternoon and set up camp in the first .7 mile (not allowed past this point).

Wake up early, load a daypack, and alternate sweating and soaking on the Whiteoak Canyon Trail—you’ll soon enjoy dips beneath six waterfalls—as you work your way up 2,450 feet to the Whiteoak Fire Road. Then drop into Cedar Run basin, Whiteoak’s quieter sister canyon. Its three falls make for a grand finale— the final one has a natural slide carved in the rock. Take the link trail back to Whiteoak to grab your stashed pack on the way out.

-Mapping by Suvid021

TO TRAILHEAD: From Sperryville, take VA 231 S 10.2 miles. Turn right on SR 643. In 4.5 miles, bear right on Weakly Hollow Rd. to the trailhead.

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WHITEOAK CANYON-CEDAR RUN LOOP, Shenandoah National Park, VA

Distance: 8.59 mi Points: 586
Total Time: none Speed: 0.0 mph Pace: 0:00 / mi
Active Time: none Speed: 0.0 mph Pace: 0:00 / mi
WHITEOAK CANYON-CEDAR RUN LOOP, Shenandoah National Park, VA

Points of Interest

WOC018

Location: 38.537683, -78.356933
Arrive at trail junction sign post. Go left at fork with blue blazes. Trail to right leads .6 mile to parking lot.

WOC001

Location: 38.539438, -78.348827
Start from the Whiteoak Canyon trailhead. If you're camping, do so within the first .7 mile, as it's not allowed after that.

WOC002

Location: 38.547967, -78.353283
Cedar Run trail enters from the left. No camping past this point.

WOC003

Location: 38.549400, -78.353600
Arrive at large pool with small waterfall.

WOC004

Location: 38.554950, -78.351950
Arrive at the base of Lower Whiteoak Canyon Falls.

WOC005

Location: 38.555650, -78.352867
Closer view of Lower Whiteoak Canyon Falls.

WOC006

Location: 38.557700, -78.354217
View down Whiteoak Canyon at steep rock face.

WOC007

Location: 38.559133, -78.357083
View of waterfall.

WOC008

Location: 38.560467, -78.358433
Better view of waterfalls.

WOC009

Location: 38.560617, -78.359150
Rock outcrop above Upper Whiteoak Falls, 86 feet high.

WOC010

Location: 38.563250, -78.363300
Turn left at junction with fire road. Cross river and follow Whiteoak Fire Road (yellow blaze).

WOC011

Location: 38.556217, -78.376600
Arrive at junction with Big Meadows-Skyland Horse Trail. Turn left with yellow blazes.

WOC012

Location: 38.555783, -78.385917
At trail junction with horse path, go right with blue blazes.

WOC013

Location: 38.552517, -78.380700
Reach Cedar Run and a small pool. Spy several small cascades during the next mile.

WOC014

Location: 38.543133, -78.369450
Waterfall and pool. Cross Cedar Run.

WOC015

Location: 38.542700, -78.367983
Upper Cedar Run Falls with deep pool. Waterfall is 34 feet high.

WOC016

Location: 38.537900, -78.362483
Another waterfall with deep pool.

WOC017

Location: 38.537067, -78.359500
Cross Cedar Run at waterfall.

WOC019

Location: 38.547967, -78.353283
Turn right to return to the parking lot .


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