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Nice trail. Lots of stairs in the beginning but after the stairs it’s not too bad. We’re not in the best shape but we’re able to handle it just fine but it was tough. Saw a variety of people (kids, elders, runners) so it’s really not that hard of a trail.

Views at the top were very nice as were views of the falls on the way up. We went on a day it was a little rainy and it was a little slippery (wet rocks and wet leaves) but very doable even if the weather isn’t ideal.

It’s an out and back and my Fitbit clocked in just over 4 miles for the whole thing so I don’t think the distance is accurate on here.

Bring $3 for parking and ladies bring toilet paper if you plan on using the restrooms at the parking lot.

There had been lots of rain and the falls were fantastic. Glad we had our hiking poles for stability on the wet rocks and leaves.

hiking
11 days ago

It’s tough but the view is worth it!

Great, quick hike!!

Hiked this trail this past July. It was a well maintained trail and a good workout! It gets you sweating and feeling good. It is steep but nothing crazy. Pack snacks and bring plenty of water to enjoy the view at the top!

hiking
12 days 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.

Indeed the best Waterfalls along Skyline Drive. Super crowded with hundreds of people on the trail during weekends. You will have better luck with parking if you go to the Big Meadows lot instead of the Falls lot along Skyline Drive. That way, you could hike the Story of the Forest too. This hike is a mile down to the 71 foot high Falls but it all up hill on the way back. You gotta climb 574 feet back up and the trail runs along a stream. There was many sections that were muddy so I do recommend hiking poles. There are sections with logs steps that create terraces to level things out but the trail is very steep and a long haul back up.

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.

Sweet little hike. Great waterfalls. Although, being a non-frequent hiker, the climb was a bit tiresome(thanks for 600ft of elevation change).

This is a great “developed hike”. The trail is maintained , with wooden lookouts over the falls to keep visitors safe. Great trail for kids if they will listen and stay where instructed. The lower portion is accessible and when it isn’t too wet wheelchairs can even get access. Hmm. Go during an off season and avoid the crowds. We’ve done it while it was snowing lightly and were nearly alone.

This is one of my favorite day hikes period. Waterfalls, waterfalls, waterfalls. At the top , you are feet from skyline drive and have great views to the east in a few spots. It is hard. Steep up and steep down. If you want one of the hardest day hikes in the area; add a summit of Hawksbill with an incredible view of the Shenandoah Valley.

hiking
13 days ago

Starts and ends well but kind of tough to find the markers in the middle! But gorgeous scenery and nice hike!

We just missed the fall colors but it was soon after a rain so the waterfalls were great. My mom is 69 and not in good physical shape but she was able to complete the 0.9 mile hike.

A beautiful trail on a beautiful fall day! Plenty of waterfalls and rock outcroppings to enjoy during your breaks. I benefitted from having hiking poles, but they aren’t strictly necessary. Good shoes, however, are!

Fun hike, view of the falls is ok

hiking
18 days ago

Very nice hike. The falls are beautiful. I love how the trail brings you back to the falls at several different levels.

This is actually about a 9 mile, not 7.7mile, hike if you take the loop. Be prepared! Not a difficult hike by any means. I’d rate this at easy to moderate myself. I didn’t feel poles were needed but a good pair of shoes to descend Cedar Run Trail certainly were. Lots of river crossings and few logs left to cross on now. The rocks are pretty slick but still a fairly easy crossing unless of course you have a dog. It took us 5 hours 30 minutes with our pup. Beautiful waterfalls and views on the first leg!

hiking
21 days ago

Short but lovely! Took the family here for a sort hike. It was busy but worth it. The falls were great and running full from all the rain. Definitely worth the stop!

Fabulous hike. Non-stop beauty all the way. We are avid hikers and found this hike to be more on the moderate than hard end. It is the most scenic hike we’ve done while in this area.

nature trips
22 days ago

Trail is well marked and easy to follow. As others have said, the hardest part is the way back up. Lots of steps and incline most of the way up. Plenty of places to stop off and rest on the way back up. Many different views of the falls all the way down to the bottom. Plenty of cut ins to walk down to and take pictures of or feel the water throughout the different portions of the trail. A few small spots where it was muddy/slippery. Be mindful of this if it has rained recently. Plenty of older folks enjoying the trail as well if you are deterred by some of the reviews. Falls were flowing well with yellow trees above as a backdrop for picture takers

The hike is moderate not as steep the first section to the first waterfall. The waterfall is beautiful and impressive. All along the way you rock outcropping, moss and many fallen trees. This makes for a different trail hike with something different to see along the way. Would defined hike again.

hiking
23 days ago

Good workout! Pretty steep uphill at parts. Our dog was worn out. Great views of the waterfall, and an amazing view of the mountains at the top made it worth it!

Great hike with plenty of waterfalls. Ended up starting at White Oak Canyon, then taking the left onto the fire dirt access road then another left onto Cedar Run Trail (by the Hawksbill Gap Parking lot). If you want to make it a much more difficult hike, ditch the White Oak trail at the first waterfall and rock climb up the river to the third falls. All together 9.5 miles.

hiking
26 days ago

Beautiful falls and creek! The trail can be a little slippery with the wrong footwear depending on how wet it is so be careful. It was a pretty easy hike, but very crowded when we went.

This is a popular trail but it’s worth it!

walking
27 days ago

Very very nice !!

hiking
28 days ago

Look....Don’t underestimate the difficulty of this trail. Although it’s listed as moderate, there are many obstacles such as fallen trees, overgrown shrubbery, and huge boulders that will render this trail not for the faint of heart. I recommend not going right after it rained because the rocks were very slippery and there were lots of mud puddles. My friends and I and my dog had a wonderful time even though some of us fell in the creek and or mud. I would definitely go again.

We went after a hurricane so we were the only ones there. The water was raging and I've never seen the falls so big! It was a easy to moderate hike and the trails were well maintained. My dog and I enjoyed some of the many swimming holes on the way up to the falls. It was beautiful!

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.

A great family hiking trail!

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