Thing to Do

Cedar Run - Whiteoak Circuit

A bridge over a mountain creek.

This hike is very challenging, although those who do it are rewarded with exceptional cascades and waterfalls. Be prepared for several stream crossings.

Distance: 8.1-mile round trip hike
Difficulty: Very strenuous (hiking difficulty scale)
Hiking Time: 7 hours
Elevation Gain: 2,794 feet

Hike Description

  1. From the Hawksbill Gap Parking Area (mile 45.6), descend via the Cedar Run Trail.
  2. At the bottom of the drainage, go left on the Whiteoak Canyon Trail.
  3. After having passed six waterfalls on your ascent, you will come to an intersection with the Whiteoak Canyon Fire Road/Horse Trail. Turn left.
  4. Follow the road to the Skyland-Big Meadows Horse Trail.Turn left once more to return to the parking area

The average hike duration does not take into consideration fitness, exploration, rest, contemplation, etc.


Pets must be on a leash no longer than 6 feet at all times.

An entrance fee is required to get into Shenandoah National Park.

The trailhead for this hike is located at the Hawksbill Gap parking area.

Year Round
Accessibility Information

This trail does not meet ADA accessibility guidelines.

Shenandoah National Park

Map of area around Whiteoak Canyon including notable roads and trails.

Download the trail map
Click the image to download the trail map. Print it out at home or save it to your phone to take with you on your hike.

Last updated: July 6, 2021