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33 minutes ago

Very very nice !!

Short trail with some challenging rock scrambles, definitely not pet friendly, nice views

Great hike leaving from Old Rag parking lot. The way up is strenuous but fun. I did the bouldering/scrambling prior to sunrise and enjoyed the views with limited people from summit. The way down is easy but a bit lacking once you hit the fire road. I cannot even begin to describe the number of people heading in as I made my way back to parking lot from the fire road. Leave early because it is way too crowded. (Done on a Saturday morning. Started at 4:45am)

Perfect hike on a fall day. Never boring and the rock scramble really breaks things up. I like that you get the difficult part over with first and then end with a lovely 2.5 mile stroll down the fire road. Highly Recommend this hike.

Good short hike. As noted by another review, it’s marked as “Frazier Discovery Trail”. Easy hike with good views. Trail isn’t very rocky so easy walking for the pup as well.

Super nice hike. Done it dozens of times and never gets old. A bit crowded on nice days so go off season if you can.

An incredible hike for experienced hikers, upper body strength is important throughout the rock scramble. You won’t find a better view in Virginia! Well worth the strenuous work. It states a 8.6ml hike. From the parking lot and back it’s actually 10.44, bring plenty of water and wear good hiking shoes!

Very challenging, beautiful hike. Definitely wear pants, hiking shoes, and I was really glad I wore gloves.

Long challenging but beautiful trail. Start early to avoid the crowds and it’ll be worth it

We went on a clear and sunny Friday morning after it had rained all night. We arrived at the parking lot around 7:30 am, but didn't start hiking until 8:30. This was intentional -- we wanted to get to the parking lot early enough to snag a spot and then take our time to eat breakfast and take advantage of the porta potties Don't underestimate the length and difficulty of this hike! It took us 6 hours to complete with several small breaks throughout.

The highlight of this hike is definitely the rock scrambling portion. Wear sturdy shoes with good grips and long pants if you can! There were plenty of times when I had to slide down a boulder or use my butt and knees to support myself, hah.

Next time we will probably take longer breaks and definitely bring more water.

6 days ago

Loved this hike! Fall weather is perfect for this trail because I hardly sweated at all (even though the hike is long)! Super beautiful views from so many spots and everyone is really friendly. No pets are allowed for a good reason (some parts are very challenging climbs)!

Good hike, did the loop and appreciated the wide and relatively even Fire Road on the way back (uphill). Definitely worth the extra mile to go from the overlook all the way to the base of the falls.

I did this hike yesterday. It was enjoyable. But it definitely clocked in at 9.1 miles instead of 7.3.

Such a fun hike. Tons of bouldering.

Summit is beautiful. Few summit locations if it is Not a hard hike, and very quick hike to summit.

Amazing experience! Just watch the weather because it was dry and sunny at the base but rainy and slippery at the top. Also carry an extra jacket and leave your hands free; you’ll need them!

hiking
13 days ago

Simple, short, scenic sunrise hike. Satisfaction guaranteed.

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.

Summits were beautiful!

Parked at Milam Gap trail head to begin the hike down the Mill Prong trail. Weather was misty and no active rain but recent rains left creek crossing much harder. Approximately 3 creek crossings with high water by the time I hit the last one.My dog did not like the last crossing - maybe she was trying to tell me something. Trails also acted as a conduit for the water which made it muddy and slippery. Once at Camp Rapidan, I met to nice Park volunteers from the Raleigh Durham area who live there for about a month and give tours of the Camp to the visitors. Returned to parking area by Laurel Prong Trial and the AT. That part of the trail was more active in terms of hikers. Good steady hike, although the ascent left me winded at times.

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
14 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.

Lots of rocks! I had tennis shoes and definitely wished I had hiking boots. Tough hike for a novice and I think I nearly sprained my ankle 4-5 times. It was very challenging but lots of fun.

All around great hike...

Fantastic & dynamic trail with large boulders to climb over

My favorite trail during my time in the park. Fun rock scramble at the end and a beautiful 360 view to top it all off.

As always - Old Rag never disappoints. Took a leisurely 8 hours with stops for views, lunch, rests (we're in our late 50s/60s). Saw about 20 people on a Tuesday. Not much color yet. Check the humidity before going. It was 70 degrees, but humid. Shirt was soaking wet in no time. Drink 16 oz water at parking lot, and carry at least 48 oz. I only took 32 oz and was thirsty. No bears or snakes. But fun to watch the birds soaring beneath you. With no passes, it will cost you $20-$30 for entrance fee, based on the number of people in your car. There is a ranger at the parking lot.

Fantastic hike! The view on the rocky part of the hike is truly beautiful.

3rd time for me. I’m 63 years old. It is very hard but very rewarding when you reach the summit. I wear Solomon hikers, low tops, and have zero issues with gripping on rocks, and toes pushing forward in long downhill. Can’t say enough how important lightweight but strong soled shoes are. Also good fitting gloves. Mine are leather and sinch at wrist and are actually garden gloves but they work awesome for getting traction in rock crevices and surfaces. Unless you are doing it alone, it’s important to check the condition of your companions along the way.. Sometimes I can go without a lot of breaks, other times I’m stopping 5 min after each obstacle. I use 1-1/2 liters of water for the entire loop. But I bring 2 in case someone doesn’t have enough. PB and Js, nuts, and fruit seem to work for me. Water pack should be small and fit well for climbing. So far I’ve seen 2 black snakes, one on path and one in the rock scramble, and a bear crossed the path in front of me a while back. I don’t carry bear spray because this trail is so busy. We were there in a Monday, and still there were maybe 20 cars in the parking lot and we saw folks all along the way. But no backup at the rocks and everyone helped each other get through the obstacles. It took us 6 hours RT back to parking lot. Don’t plan a lot of physical stuff for the next day! It’s an awesome place though and I will go again. There was a little water on some off the rocks, and they could be slippery in places....again good gripping shoes help tremendously.

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