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Love this trail. Love getting the kids off their computers and just hiking. Friendly people on trail.

I don’t know if its ‘as good as it gets’ but its a really fun hike!

Great hike! Good exercise, clean trails, friendly people. Plenty of parking at the entrance. It was not crowded the day we went, however, it was a bit foggy so once we made it to the top, there wasn't much you could see.

hiking
6 days ago

We hiked the blue trail and it was a lovely hike!

Trail was harder than I expected but that may be because I thought it was “Moderate.” Some fairly steep sections and overall it was very rocky. Great view from the summit. Also, the map currently displayed has the turnaround point in the middle of the woods on the way down, which leads one to believe that there are multiple overlooks... there aren’t. No need to continue past the first opening.

A great trail with a rewarding overlook at the end though not quite as nice as the one across rt. 7 at Bears Den. The trail also crosses two small rocky steams which added alittle something to the trail. It took us about 1hr 15mins to reach the overlook.

We only trailed about 2 miles in Bc we started so late. We went left to the blue trail which was really cool. It was a lot of hiking up. Pretty heavy trafficked for a Sunday. We’re going back tomorrow to checkout the left route.

Hiked all the way past Black Rock cliff to Pogo shelter and back. It's kind of ridiculous how many people hike this considering there isn't anything really special about this hike.

walking
8 days ago

I don’t know why people are saying it’s five miles. My tracker from the car was 4.0 miles which includes the 3-4 min we walked slightly off the trail.
All in all pretty manageable but if you have a kid under like 6-7 the far end when you go under the freeway you may need to carry them.
Pros: easy access in the heart of DC area, mostly shaded, scenic.
Cons: Unless you have headphones on you spend half of it listening to the cars on the road and the airplanes taking off from DCA.

This was a really great hike for us! We got to the parking lot at about 9 and it was relatively empty with only about 10 other cars there but by the time we left it was packed, so I would recommend getting there as early as you can to ensure that there is parking. We did the trail in the opposite direction as this page suggests, as that is what the Ranger suggested to us.

There are a ton of small to medium falls/rapids and a handful of large (30-80ft) waterfalls along the White Oak Canyon trail. At the bottom of the falls there are usually swimming holes, but it being October we decided to forgo that opportunity until a later time. The trail going up was a bit steep in some places, but was not bad overall. Once you get onto the connecting fire road, it was still a bit of an incline but not bad at all. It is also much smoother and easier to walk on that either of the two other legs of the trail. Cedar Run Trail was a much steeper, much more narrow, and much more rocky than White Oak Canyon. I would recommend very good shoes for that to prevent you from rolling an ankle. The trail was very scenic the entire way, but we felt that going down Cedar Run was doing it a disservice because we missed a lot of scenery because we were constantly looking down trying to find flatish surfaces to step on. There are also a couple times you have to cross the water going down, over logs and rocks. It wasn't a problem for us at all, but some people had dogs or small children that I'm not sure how they fared.

It was extremely empty when we started at 9, and we only saw 3 people on the trail until we got to about the fire road. After that it was much more crowded, though nothing too crazy. We finished the trail in just under 6 hours, but we probably should have stopped more to appreciate the scenery going down Cedar Run trail.

I tracked this on my Fitbit app with GPS sync, and it said we took 5 hours 57 minutes over 8.35 miles.

hiking
8 days ago

It was such an incredible hike! My favorite in Shenandoah! It took us about 5 hours, but we went at a good pace and took a few short stops along the way. I suggest parking at the white oak boundary parking (the coordinates All Trails gives you; note parking filled up around 10 AM), then start to the right on white oak canyon trail. This way, you’ll start going up hill then end going down hill, which is definitely the way to go!!

There are gorgeous waterfalls, lookouts, and swimming holes, and parts are at a pretty steep incline with some rock scrambles. The middle part of the loop, Whiteoak Canyon fire road, was also at an incline but didn’t have any rocks or anything—just trees, so it felt kind of long. Going down Cedar Run Trail is very rocky and sometimes slippery; highly recommend good hiking shoes. There are some pretty waterfalls, swimming holes, and lunch spots on this part of the trail. You will have to cross a few streams.

The trail was busy but not too crowded. The leaves are starting to fall with some pretty fall colors. Definitely suggest starting this trail early in the day as the sun sets earlier this time of year.

Really nice hike. Especially cool on a foggy day.

All around great hike...

Lovely hike. Started in Harpers ferry and headed north on the AT, stopping at the Ed Garvey shelter a few miles north of weaverton cliffs. Ended up camping there due to rain but the shelter was very nice and there is a spring available to refill water, though it is a steep half mile down the mountain to get to it I recommend filling up there as there aren't any other options for water on the Ridgeline that I saw.

Mostly flat with mild elevation changes. Trails are marked, but can be confusing at intersections. All trails interconnect so you can make it back to your start point.

A few muddy spots, and puddles.

Visitor center had restrooms for quick wash up after activity.

Absolutely it was an adventure!! We went to this place on a sunny day and started hiking uphill at 1:30. We took rest for five minutes at couple of places and sat down whenever we needed some rest. We thought of doing a loop trail which was 8 miles and we couldn’t find that loop trail with the signs so we lost of our way and headed up straight for the other end parking without knowing. After sometime we realized we are not heading back to the beginning point and it was almost six in the evening. We started returning and like after just five minutes we saw a black bear which is coming Down the hill looking at us. (That’s the first time looking at the bear!!!!!) we started running back to the other parking place, and some other hikers after 20 minutes and we made it to the other parking and thankfully, other hikers were so nice and dropped us to our parking place!!! Did I mention that it was our first hike and went without any preparations? ;)

So I recommend starting early as 10 o clock in the morning would be the best if you want to complete the loop, of course it was very steep and wet rocks but the view of waterfalls makes it worthy!!

Great day hike with an amazing overlook with plenty of seating and space.

Great hike - best trail I’ve found within an hour of DC - watch out for bees at overlook

nice and easy trail in the middle of sterling, va. i'm sure i'll be back to either run it or ride it.

Fun water crossings. No real views but nice forested hike.

Beautiful hike! Hiked this with my 2.5 year old in the backpack carrier with no issue. Expected more crowds on a Saturday, but it was pretty light traffic in the afternoon.

The hike to Annapolis Rock was a good, mostly uphill, workout with a backpack full of camping gear. We went on a Saturday and there were lots and lots of happy people on the trail. At Annapolis Rock there is a nice camp area, with many primitive sites, a great spring, bear poles for hanging food, and two outhouses (one was tucked away in the campground). A caretaker came around just before dark to count the number of campers and make sure all was well. It was nice to have supper then watch the sunset from the rocks. We went to sleep early (you are not allowed to have campfires in this area) and as a bonus we saw the moonrise from inside the tent. It started raining pretty hard during the night but the water didn’t cause us any problems at the camp. At 6am the rain let up a little, so we hurried and broke camp. The 7am hike out was refreshing to do in the rain, albeit slower and more of a challenge hiking downhill in the mud. Overall, it was a good experience.

this was a pretty challenging trail, but the hike next to the waterfalls made it worth it to keep going definitely recommend waterproof and grippy shoes alot of wet rocks

Beautiful walk with spectacular views at the Annapolis Rocks overview!!

hiking
29 days ago

Nice dog friendly trails

Nice variety of trail loops with same great views.

To be honest this loop Cedar Run up and White Oak canyon down is not difficult at all. Very easy hike even for my friend who never hikes. Enjoyable hike with lots of waterfalls and places to swim. There are about 4 times needed to wade across the stream but its not deep just remove your shoes and cross. The trail is very well maintained and is not steep.

Great hike! Lots of water along the trail and the waterfalls are great. If it’s been raining prepare to get your feet wet, the main entrance was flooded and you have to cross at your own risk. There was one other creek crossing about shin deep and lots of deep puddles along the way. It gets really good when you start to climb. There’s lots of rock and opportunities to roll an ankle. Definitely worth going back over and over again!

Great trail. Stairs will make you winded but plenty of time between the hard parts to catch your breath.
Perfectly rated a "moderate" hike. Gets pretty busy on weekends, Friday morning wasn't busy but Saturday and Sunday were crowded! Dog friendly (on a leash of course) and everyone we came across was very friendly and kind. Go a little further down from Annapolis Rock to the little creek if you have a pup - great place to cool off and get a drink. I was proposed to at the top of Annapolis Rock :)

Watch for copperheads! Lots of them hiding out in the rocks.

This trail took my friends and I just over six hours to complete. The six hours included a lunch break, several trips down a natural water slide, and a couple of stops for the dog to swim. It is a difficult trail—personally, I think it is more difficult than Old Rag.

The connecting fire trail between White Canyon and Cedar Run is uneventful, but the first and last portions of this loop make the hike worthwhile. We did not realize that we’d be able to ride the natural water slide of Cedar Run, but when we saw others doing it, we knew we couldn’t pass up the opportunity. We were soaked on the hike back to the car with no regrets!

After you enter the trail, I suggest making a right to see White Oak Canyon first. You can then end your hike by swimming in and sliding into the pools of Cedar Run.

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