Thing to Do

Whiteoak Falls (Upper)

An overhead view of a waterfall running through green trees.

This challenging hike to cascades and waterfalls has been popular since the early days of Skyland Resort. This particular hike goes to the upper falls before returning.

Distance: 4.6-mile round trip hike
Difficulty: Moderate (hiking difficulty scale)
Hiking Time: 3 hours 30 minutes
Elevation Gain: 1,040 feet

Hike Description

  1. From the trailhead at the Whiteoak Canyon parking area (mile 42.6), take the Whiteoak Canyon Trail.
  2. Pass the junctions for the Old Rag Fire Road and the Limberlost Trail.
  3. About 2.3 miles from the start you will come to a rocky ledge with a view of the upper falls.
  4. Retrace your steps to return to the parking lot. 


The average hiking 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 Whiteoak Canyon 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: March 3, 2023