White Oak Canyon Trail

HARD 185 reviews
#2 of 120 trails in

White Oak Canyon Trail is a 10 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Syria, Virginia that features a waterfall and is rated as difficult. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from March until November. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

DISTANCE
10.0 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
2591 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

dogs on leash

backpacking

camping

hiking

nature trips

trail running

walking

horseback riding

beach

views

waterfall

wild flowers

wildlife

rocky

Directions from Front Royal, VA: Skyline Drive travels the entire length of Shenandoah National Park. Mile markers are placed along the right-hand side of the road heading south. They are numbered from north to south beginning at the northern terminus in Front Royal, Virginia. Facilities, trails and park features use the mile markers as points of reference. Park in the Whiteoak Canyon parking area at mile 42.6. Trailhead is located in lot.

hiking
9 hours ago

hiking
19 hours ago

My friends and I took a short hike to see two waterfalls. We loved the crisp air and the smell of nature. The trail was maintained and somewhat marked. The path was narrow and had lots of rocks that stuck out and fallen leaves. As a result, it was a bit slippery. It's easy to fall off the trail.

It is suggested to wear hiking boots or shoes with good traction, bug spray for nets, carry a stick to fight off the rattlesnakes, and use hiking poles to climb the steep trails.

hiking
2 days ago

Very rewarding to hike up to the upper falls. Definite strenuous, but very much worth it especially since you can take a swim in the falls to cool off when you get back down to the bottom.

3 days ago

Beautiful hike on a well maintained trail.

hiking
12 days ago

This is a fantastic hike. I would recommend hiking up to White Oak Trail from the parking lot down below. There is a $20 fee to park there, and you should arrive early parking fills up fast. Beautiful views, a steep hike up to Skyland or the parking lot on skyline Drive. Make sure you bring some swimming gear or shorts there are some areas where you can bathe in the waterfalls.

hiking
15 days ago

hiking
19 days ago

hiking
20 days ago

21 days ago

hiking
27 days ago

will def do this again!

hiking
1 month ago

1 month ago

hiking
1 month ago

The hike was not bad at all. Might seem long. The hike back was harder but worth it. Our group had 3 younger boys 8, 9 and 10 year olds and they did great. Had a blast.

hiking
1 month ago

This trail is beautiful! We came through the lower parking lot. I would say this trail is moderate, there was some uphill and downhill parts and a lot of rocky areas but it was worth the hike after seeing the beautiful waterfalls. We stopped at the waterfalls on the lower part of trail and went back down. Im hoping to come back soon and do the upper part of the trail.

hiking
1 month ago

Great views and lots of places to stop and swim!

hiking
1 month ago

I'm not exactly sure why this trail is labeled as "hard." My friend and I parked at the uphill entrance and then viewed the falls going down before going up. I usually prefer going down first if the trail is a little treacherous. Heavily traveled so if you want a really good shot, go early.

hiking
1 month ago

2 months ago

Great hike. Splashed in the lower falls. Upper falls was big but pools were small. Few people in the morning. Got very busy in the afternoon.

2 months ago

My wife and I celebrated or 25 wedding anniversary today with this trail. It was well marked and the sights were amazing. Thank you park service and volunteers that maintain the trails and park. The only thing better than the falls was the smile on my beautiful wife's face.