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Cedar Run Loop - White Oak Canyon

Waterfalls galore at Shenandoah National Park
Rating: 4 out of 5 by EveryTrail members
Difficulty: Strenuous
Length: 8 miles
Duration: Full day
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Overview :  This is a great hike located in shenadoah NP, not too far from Old Rag. If you've done Old Rag you can probably do this one too. Its... more »

Tips:  Bring 3-4 bottles of water or gatoraid, a good lunch with sodium (salt).

A hiking stick or pole is a must for this one.

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Points of Interest

1. parking lot (weakly hollow road)

This is the good parking lot, the preferred point of entry. must pay fee to get the permit. A nice map shows you whats in store for you.

When you start the trail, it is suggested you do the loop in a counterclockwise direction. that way youll do the most strenuous section on the 1st leg (on the right) then some more climbing to the summit on the ... More

2. Waterfall 1

Great waterfalls all along this 1st leg of the loop trail, many small cascades. There is a climbing wall up ahead for freeclimbing.

This area is very strenuous and you will need plenty of water and may need to take several breaks.

3. Waterfall 2

Yet another great waterfall, only uploaded a few but there are more than 30 big and small, with some of them being major waterfalls

4. Waterfall 3

One of about 30 on this side, and this is one of the biggest, there is a terrific overlook here and a great spot for lunch.

Not far after this, you will enter the 2nd leg on the horse trail, which slowly climbs to the summit on a gradual dirt road.

5. Waterfall 4

There is a map near here so check it out, and decide if you want to continue. The intersection here is (going counter clockwise in the loop) blue on the left and yellow on the right. stay on the blue until you get to the bridge point.

6. Intersection for blue and yellow trails

This is the intersection for the blue and yellow trails.

You should take the yellow trail on the left if traveling counterclockwise, if you fail to take this trail then the blue one will continue on to the upper skyline drive entrypoint which is north of the skyline drive parking lot.

This intersection is at a bridge in the river.

7. Yellow blazed horse trail

This yellow blazed horse trail climbs to 3200 feet if traveling counterclockwise in this loop. It goes until you reach the parking lot on skyline drive. it is a gradual upward slope with no loose rocks. stay on the left trail, there is 1 intersection before the next point.

8. Parking lot on skyline drive

This is the parking lot on skyline drive, and is also the intersection for the yellow and blue trails.

4 way intersection:
- 1 trail goes to parking lot.
- 1 goes to cedar run (thats the blue trail that goes back in the direction you just came from if traveling counterclockwise....)
- 1 trail is the yellow horse trail that you just walked on
-... More

9. Blue blazed cedar run trail

This is the blue blazed cedar run trail that goes from the skyline drive parking lot to the road 643 (weakly hollow road) parking lot. If traveling on the loop counterclockwise then this is downhill through stair steps with loose rocks. you also have to cross the river about 3 times on logs and rocks, so be prepared for that.

10. More small waterfalls

More small falls here, lots of great places for swimming.

There are about 3 stream crossing coming up. these are NOT trivial crossings. You have to go over a 30 foot log to get over dry.

Watch out for snakes on rocks and in the water!!

11. The Slide waterfall

This is the slide waterfall, it is a flat sheet of rock that water "slides" down for about 40-50 feet. Great spot for a lunch break or a swim.

go ahead and slide down :-)

12. slide area

the famous slide area basin.... a great pool to swim in... probably crowded in summer time.

1 more stream crossing to go.

13. Cedar run lower falls

Cedar run lower falls area, the last of the waterfalls to see this trip.

After that, if going in a counter clockwise loop, then its easy walking back to the parking lot.