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Very Strenuous to the average person like myself (29 years old not in the best shape I could be), but it was worth it! The waterfalls on the incline and decline were all incredible.

Pretty intense in the snow

Just WOW! The views, the trail and nature all in one sweet hike. We did the full loop and down to bottom of the waterfall.

Beautiful and challenging hike upstream and then easy walk down through very quiet and spooky forrest. Early January late afternoon.

hiking
15 days ago

Outstanding hike- my family, including children 6,10,12 completed the loop all the way down to the base of the falls in 3 1/2 hours to include pictures, snacks and water breaks. Started the hike on the southern loop, went to base, and returned on northern loop route. Northern firebreak is wide flat surface with steady incline. Easy stream crossings for kids throughout trail. Most challenging portion is the short final hike from end of fire break road at base of falls. Not too busy on New Year’s Day. BONUS- picnic area with restrooms/ tables at start point and skyline drive a absolutely stunning. plan extra time to enjoy the drive and a picnic before or after the hike.

Some slick rock due to all the moisture we’ve had. Nice waterfall. Dog enjoyed the hike and opportunity for fresh water when she needed it. Wouldn’t hesitate to bring my 12 year old.

Delightful hike end of December. The hike is technical, especially toward summit. We did this with 2 active 40somethings, 3 young adults, and a 6 year old. All loved it.

As you climb the mountain you’ll cross over the stream multiple times. If you have waterproof boots I recommend wearing. If not bring a spare pair of dry socks (we needed ours).

The fire road down was lovely, very pretty forest.

Great trail!
Beautiful waterfall
The trail is pretty wet so be prepared for small crossings

on Cedar Run Falls Trail

16 days ago

I loved this trail but I think it was too hard for my pup. Lol, it has some technical paths!! And I think the marking is a little confusing at the blue line! But enjoyed every second of it! Start early!!

Gorgeous trail. Best waterfalls I've seen since moving to VA.

This was a beautiful trail even in the winter. I didn’t expect the beautiful view of the mountains near the falls. The falls are very impressive especially if you hike the extra mile to see them up close. The first half of the trail is all downhill and the second half is all uphill. The second half or maybe two-thirds was quite strenuous for my husband.

Nice hike!, great views!
A great day hike for sure.

Awesome in winter. Water was high. Very quiet. Lovely!

This hike will have your quad muscles screaming all the way up and your knee joints begging for mercy on the way down. The ascent was strenuous but the pretty sight of the waterfalls would make you forget the burning in your legs. The descent was more challenging with wet rocks almost everywhere. I fell down, butts first, a few times because my shoes were losing traction. No serious injury though, just bruised bums.

Also I’m not sure what happened to the ‘steel bridge crossing the river’ at the fork in the description but it was not there when I went, which was 2 days before Christmas. The crossing was still possible but take extra caution here since the water level was close to mid-knee high (I’m 5’3).

Despite the wet rocks, socks and bums; I found this hike to be immensely enjoyable and quite adventurous. I did the Old Rag mountain loop a few weeks prior and while rock scrambling is more technical, I think this one takes it in being more strenuous. Take it slow, enjoy the serenity of the nature and be safe!

Great views and slightly challenging with having to cross rivers/hop on rocks. Definitely recommend going to the base and getting right next to the waterfall!

Nice views I’d recommend hiking down to the base of the falls. Hiking uphill takes time if you’re out of shape like me who is over 200 lbs and doesn’t work out. Overall it was fun on Christmas Eve.

Difficult and a lot of river crossings that flood after big rain events but the waterfalls are huge and breathtaking. Can actually see more of them in winter when trees are bare.

Did the Golden mile loop first time hiking in more than 10 years and had a blast

amazing waterfalls ...challenging the whole length of the trail. Loved it!

Gorgeous hike. Beautiful scenery throughout hike.

11-17, took us 4 hours and 10 minutes to complete. Very special hike with beautiful waterfalls. Lots of elevation gain (abt 2200 ft.)

TONS of water and high water crossings on Nov 25th. Had to take our shoes off and wade knee deep in ice cold water. Make sure you take poles and water shoes for water crossings on this hike! Lots of climbing up front which was awesome. We added another loop to make it a 9.5 mile hike. Took our large group 5.5 hours to complete.

Beautiful. Challenging but doable. Will definitely go back.

Great challenging trail. I’m 52 and not on great shape. This trail was an adventure. Each time I felt like turning around there was another spectacular view. Take time to take in the beauty and sounds of nature. Last leg starting from the South is very steep. Use poles along the way to stabilize. Breathe deep and complete this wonderful trail.

So I’m not opposed to fire road trails and this one is about half and half pretty rocky with lots of stream crossings. Be aware the All Trails map calls the entrance fire road Jinny Gray Road, but the trail markers and signs call it Kayseri Run Fire Road.

Over all good workout. Kinda rocky tho.

hiking
2 months ago

Excellent trail, steady inclines and awesome water fall and rock outcroppings. Highly recommend!

Great hike. Not long and good work out. Done twice with my dogs.

hiking
2 months ago

Nice hike along water down to an overlook with a view of a waterfall. Many people hike down to the overlook and back the same way, but the loop was a less gradual/strenuous walk — even if it was a bit longer.

This hike is NOT 7.7 miles as listed. It is 9.6 so plan additional time for the extra two miles. Also be forewarned that the downhill section through Cedar Run is quite rocky and steep which can make for slow going, especially if it’s wet. Both the uphill through White Oak and the downhill through Cedar Run are ruggedly beautiful areas. There are no real views on this hike other than the dramatic waterfalls and rushing water. Several opportunities to swim or slide. White Oak is much more heavily trafficked than Cedar Run. Cedar Run feels more like walking in wilderness. The stretch on the fire road is fairly boring. It’s longer than you think and uphill almost to Skyline Drive. If you’re in good shape it’s more in the moderate range than Hard but the rocks and rough terrain can make it more difficult. It is fairly steep up and down either way you go. It a harder hike than Old Rag but the effort is rewarded. Bring a pair of sturdy, waterproof trail shoes. Sneakers not recommended.

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