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One of my favorite hikes ever!! Gorgeous views and all types of terrain

Great hike. Beautiful falls. Started at upper Whiteoak on Skyline Drive and hiked all the way down to lower Whiteoak. Like most trails in this park not clearly labeled, and easy to venture off onto other trails. If you do both sets of Whiteoak Canyon trails (upper & lower), give yourself time to hike back before dusk... tougher trek back. And it is about a 50 minute drive from the lower parking lot back up to the upper (Skyline) parking lot.

hiking
10 days ago

This was absolutely beautiful and the views were amazing. It was overcast but so humid. A lot of rock steps- which had moss.

hiking
14 days ago

What a way to spend my 60th Birthday. Beautiful scenery and a challenge scrambling up the rocks on our way back up to the parking lot. Trail is not for a novice!

hiking
14 days ago

Fantastic hike! Two-thirds of this loop follows cascading creeks/falls, easily walkable trail. Took our miniature dachshund and he loved it. Easily one of our favorites in Shenandoah NP!

Some great views from the cliffs here. Majestic!

Great views and waterfalls here!

So many different vistas to view!!! Take the big loop to see them all!

hiking
22 days ago

Good trail. A little rough on the feet at points due to small rocks, but overall enjoyable. Elevation is fine and doesn’t feel overly steep at any one point. Serene trail. Easy to hook up to other trails / pop up to skyline drive overlook spots. My dog loved it too.

Very enjoyable trail We take our kids (5 and 7) moderate ratings are usually okay for them Just a little advise do not split left at the first split trail option We did not go that way and I ran into another hiker that did and it is very steep

hiking
22 days ago

Great waterfall views and it was nice to do the majority of this hike next to water. It was National Park Week when we did this, so I think the trail was a little more crowded than usual because we crossed paths with about 40 people.

Loved this trail! We went on the first "nice" weekend this year so the trail was pretty busy. I would rate it as an intermediate trail. It was nice that the trail follows the river for most of the duration. We were able to sit and enjoy the water and get close to the falls. They are not huge, but pretty nonetheless! The loop dips, leaving you to hike uphill for at least a mile on your way out. We left feeling tired and accomplished!

on Rose River Trail

hiking
29 days ago

Love Love Love this trail. Here to celebrate my 60th birthday with my best friend. We took our dogs and they enjoyed being near the water, as much of the trail follows the river. Cascading waterfalls, early wildflowers, great mid 50s temps. There were parts that were a little dicey climbing over wet rocks and boulders. A beautiful experience!

hiking
1 month ago

I was surprised to be along water a lot of this loop, which was nice. A few really nice small waterfalls.... appeared to be some nice swimming spots for the summer. It does have some elevation challenges. We did the loop backwards which seemed the best way to go.

on Rose River Trail

hiking
1 month ago

Went with 3 kids- 4, 10, and 12 yr old. They have not been hiking before, so I was expecting it would be difficult for them... They did great for the first half and managed better than I thought for the second half. We enjoyed the several water falls and they want to come back to swim when the weather is warmer!

Best swimming hole hike in Virginia. Lots of places to cool off in the water along this trail. Summer time favorite. I guess news has spread because its definitely become more crowded over the years.

My wife and I Loved the views! Only a handful of people on trail, mostly had to ourselves. Easy to follow, big loop like is shown here will show you all the cool views.

hiking
1 month ago

Ran across this trail by accident (Was looking for Rocky Mountain). What a wonderful surprise. This trail follows the river both out and a little bit back. It was awesome on a Spring day, but i think would be even better in the summer if the water doesn't dry up too much because the river was filled with deep pools of water that the hikers could stop to swim in. Wouldn't recommend this trail for elderly people because there are some very rocky areas and steep steps, but if you are capable of rock-hopping, this trail is for you.

hiking
1 month ago

Ok, didn't actually hike this trail. Went up to Skyline Dr. in order to find this trail. One of the other posts said the trailhead was out of Big Meadows. (You lose cell reception at that high elevation, so I didn't trust my phone app to take me there) We went to the Big Meadows visitor center to inquire about the location of the trail and was promptly asked, "Why would you want to go there.". They rangers said there was nothing there. Definitely no lookout like the picture caption indicates. We were directed to Rose River Trail which had no scenic overlooks but was filled with beauty, pools of water, waterfalls, jutting rocks etc...Had a really nice day.

This is not the best way to do this hike. The best way is to do a loop hike from Skyline Drive. Start at the Hawksbill Gap Parking area (Milepost 45.6) and start down the Cedar Run Trail to the Whiteoak-Cedar Run Link Trail and up the Whiteoak Canyon Trail until you reach the Whiteoak Canyon Fire Road. Follow the fire trail back to your car. You will see 2 waterfalls on the Cedar Run Trail and 6 waterfalls on the Whiteoak Canyon Trail. This is a 7.3 strenuous loop with 2794' elevation change.

The Dark Hollow Falls Trail is NOT a dog friendly trail. Also, if you are looking for a 5.1 mile difficult trail, there are many other more exciting trails then this out and back. With that said, it is totally worth going to Dark Hollow Falls (without your dog) as a 1.4 mile out and back from the Dark Hollow Falls Parking Area (Milepost 50.5) or as a 4.4 mile Rose River Loop Trail starting at Fishers Gap Overlook (Milepost 49.4).

This hike does not allow dogs on Dark Hollow Falls.

Great trail. Not a difficult hike to the falls since it’s downhill but the hike back up can be absolutely exhausting! I like the loop with Cedar Run for the full experience.

hiking
1 month ago

really nice! harder than I thought it would be, but the spectacular views made it totally worth it.

Great view! Hike was rocky but not difficult. Will definitely be going back once everything is green.

hiking
2 months ago

Like J Burt, we did a good portion of this as part of a 9.5 mile Little Devil's, Pole Bridge, Piney Branch, Hogback, Kaiser Run loop. It was nice and serene. Not terribly exciting, but not everything needs to be :)

Remarks from the Buck Ridge Trail Overseer for exactly twenty years. I helped rescue this trail from planned abandonment in the late seventies. Perfect circuit when coupled with the more attractive and older Buck Hollow Trail. There are, BTW, 612 steps at the bottom. I know. Patrick Wilson and I dug most of them in. Boy Scouts lugged most of the steps up when needed. Patrick was…and may still be…the Buck Hollow Trail Overseer. Of all the Blue Blaze trails along the AT, BRT has the greatest altitude change in a short distance. Something like 1800’ in a quarter mile. Don’t hold me to those numbers. I last did the circuit in 2012 when I was 78 (6 ½ hrs). I love that trail.

great exercise hike. plenty of spots that open up to see some views, took me only 3 hours 10 mins with a little delay . would do again for sure

Great hike!

trail running
2 months ago

I ran this trail on a 75 degree day in February; that alone could have made it a great experience. Coupled with this was one of the best waterfalls I’ve seen in Shenandoah- about a mile into the trail.

Otherwise, it should be noted that I was mislead by the picture of the knob tagged with this trail. If you’re seeking a hike that will end with a view such as this, look past Stoney Mountain.

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