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Cedar Run Trail to White Oak Fire Road Loop

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Shenandoah National Park

Cedar Run Trail to White Oak Fire Road Loop is a 7.4 mile loop trail located near Syria, Virginia that features a great forest setting and is rated as difficult. The trail is primarily used for hiking, nature trips, and bird watching.

Length 7.4 mi Elevation gain 2,247 ft Route type Loop
Hiking Nature trips Bird watching Forest Views
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Note: This trailhead is currently closed by SNP and the County for the foreseeable future due to community health concerns— NO parking or road access is available. Please check with the park page for more information.

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Rebecca R
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Great hike with a lot of beautiful waterfalls and places you can swim. There are a few wide streams to cross - bring water shoes, extra socks, or have better luck than I did crossing on rocks and not getting your feet wet. The AllTrails map is accurate - I went counterclockwise, consistent with a Falcon hiking guide I had. It’s easy to access from skyline drive.

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Christina Frey
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It took us 9 hours to complete because we stopped to swim a lot! My teenagers loved the rock slides and cliff jumping. Waterfalls were pretty and we went in at a few of those too. The last two miles was a nice open trail but still an incline. By this time we were ready for the car since we spent too much time swimming. The 1st rock slide was empty when we arrived at 10:15am, the second one with the cliff jumping was crowded, but everyone was nice so it was fun! We got lots of great pictures and videos. Got a nice workout too!

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Arvind Sathyanarayanan
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Paul Desanti
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Hiking

Absolutely beautiful not for the faint of heart

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Kate Piette
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Hiking

Still pretty crowded despite the weather. The trail was super slick due to some recent rain/clouds. Plenty of good swimming holes if you are okay with people, we went in the afternoon so chances are it might be emptier earlier? All in all, great hike, good workout, much happier with this round of it than last time.

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Ian Voll
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HikingBugs

This would be a great trail if it wasn't so crowded. we went later in the day and all of the waterfalls were crowded, we couldn't get any good pictures. the start of the hike is all down hill and pretty easy except the occasional big steps down. the hike up the hill was pretty brutal, but with a few short breaks on the way made it manageable. on a hot day I would recommend taking at least 2 liters of water. this trail would probably be less crowded in the fall when people aren't hiking down to the swimming holes.

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Hannah Stein
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Joseph Jacome
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Hiking

If you love waterfalls, this is one of my favorites. Trail conditions were good this trip, and water is available all over the place. There a plenty of rocks that you will be hiking on because Virginia. The loop drops down in elevation, so it gets hotter as you descend. I would personally recommend taking a water filter with you, and also some packets of electrolytes- you will consume more than you think your will because of some steep elevations. This one is a butt kicker if you are a novice. It’s a butt kicker even if your really experienced. Naturally because of the falls, there will probably be crowds swimming in the pools at the base, so oblige yourself with a swim.

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Brooks Becton
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HikingRocky

This trail is not for the inexperienced. I thought I was in good enough shape to complete the nearly 8mile round trip and I barely completed it. It is a very technical trail, steep downhill descent, with a few river crossings and slick, mossy areas. The waterfalls are beautiful and relaxing but add an hour+ to your expected time if you plan to stop at them. The ascent is moderate-to-intense for the first half until you get near the horse trail where it is a much more gradual incline. Bring plenty of water (mid July I went through 3.5L) and trekking poles if you have them. Overall a great hike but understand it won’t be easy unless you’re a truly avid hiker!

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Holly Adams
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Katarina Brito
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Rocky

This should probably be rated "hard" (Cedar Falls trail, part of this trail is rated hard). The first 2.7 miles is a fairly steep downhill and rocky trail that meanders through fragrant forests along a beautiful stream. There are natural waterslides (if you don't mind a mossy butt) and plenty of pretty little pools for wading or dipping. Bring a swim suit and water sandals if possible. As we all know, what goes down, must go up (and up and friggin up!). The White Oak Canyon section of the trail is GORGEOUS but it's a doozy. Bring plenty of water, a bandana to dip in all the cool pools, allow yourself many stops to rest weary feet (and thighs) in the water. Look for the natural mister/shower along the rockface on the right side of the trail about half way up. Feels great to stand under and cool off with rainbows all around. And yes, that's only half way up. How did 5.1 miles ever get so long? Did I mention, bring plenty of water? Tough but worth it to enjoy Mother Nature's amazing natural water park.

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Kate Piette
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We started at noonish and saw lots of people on the trail and in the falls/pools, some wearing masks but not the majority. Tougher hike than we anticipated. Coming down cedar run was rather steep and technical but coming up white oak wasn’t bad. The first falls we came to though was kind of empty so we got to swim a bit but unfortunately the rest of the falls and pools were pretty crowded and we didn’t feel comfortable hanging around.

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Madeline Eppley
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Amazing day hike- one of the best in Shenandoah National Park! The trail is slick, rocky, and technical, with several excellent scrambles. The waterfalls and natural features are stunning! The parking lot on Skyline Drive is shared with the entrance to the Hawksbill Summit trail, and I’d recommend connecting the two trails to get the most bang for your buck. Combined, they provide the best views of SNP!

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Robyn Bianchi
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Hiking

Amesome day hike! Lots of shade and fun elevation! Waterfalls were fun to slide down! Get there early

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Ryan Kaat
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Hiking

One of the best trails in the park. Going downhill can be a bit tough on the knees, but the hike is worth it. Did it at a reasonable pace with limited stops in about 3.5hrs. Great waterfalls

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Marissa Forte
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HikingRocky

Great hike!! Was definitely strenuous as there were almost no flat areas. All of the falls were beautiful though. We started hiking at 8:20 am and finished right at 1:20 pm. Get there early!!! The lot fills up fast.

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Mark Gray
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HikingRocky

Very rocky hiking, you’ll be watching every step (especially in fall leaves, Oct+). The only smoother parts are: Whiteoak-Cedar Run Link Trail and Whiteoak Canyon Fire Road. 8 Waterfalls on this loop. 6 of the biggest waterfalls are on the Whiteoak Canyon Trail. I think the direction is best. You could do the trail in reverse if you prefer to step-up on rocky “stairs” for the last 4km.

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Alan Good
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Whatever way you slice it, this is a punishing hike with lots of elevation change/gain and variation! I went anticlockwise which left the most uneventful scenery on the fire road at the end; next time I’ll try the other way, which has a more severe incline but better scenery to finish with. Given it has been so dry in VA this fall, the waterfalls were quite tame but still beautiful and plentiful! Will definitely come back when there’s been more rain.

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Yutong Yang
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Ryan Gillikin
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Mathieu Pierre
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My neck hurts from looking down. So many rocks, it’s outrageous. Otherwise fun as there’s quite a few waterfalls around.

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Stephanie Ernst
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I did the trail in reverse and am very happy about it! The waterfalls are very pretty and there were several black bear sightings. My bear bell worked wonders! I only ever saw then heading away from me. No views of the mountains.

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Suzanne Grendahl
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Difficult but amazingly beautiful!

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Masha Khomenko
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Charlie Crawford
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Hiking

Hard to find words. Strenuous, rugged, spectacular. Etc. one of the best I’ve ever hiked.

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Jonathan Carter
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HikingRocky

This is very nice hike. There are countless water falls and the trail was well maintained. We went on a summer Saturday, so it was busy with lots of dogs and people enjoying the falls. I took my 8 and 11 year old girls. It was a little long for their liking, but they completed it without any real hardship. The start is steep with lots of rocks. The climb back up isn't too steep and the trail is pretty good. I would do this again, but would probably choose a weekday.

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Dylan Miles
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