Waterfalls of the Blue Ridge: A Hiking Guide to the Cascades of the Blue Ridge Mountains
by Nicole Blouin, Steve Bordonaro, & Marilou Wier Bordonaro (Menasha Ridge Press)
© 2014 Nicole Blouin, Steve Bordonaro, & Marilou Wier Bordonaro/Menasha Ridge Press. All Rights Reserved.
TONS of people here...from the more experienced hikers to families with, like, 12 kids. there are some incredible views and just getting there is a delight thanks to skyline drive. it's just so crowded that hiking around people can be a pain. it IS one of those hikes that you simply must go on when you move to virginia...and then you can move on to bigger and better hikes. :)
Whiteoak Trail (starting at Skyline Dr.)was an awsome experience. Trail is very easy for the first 2 miles - slow downgrade "walk in the park" type of trail. However, the elevation change increases rapidly after the first water fall overlook. The footing is rocky, muddy, and water was actually flowing down the side of the mountain and over the trail. The one mile stretch between the upper falls and the lower falls is a challenging section going down and back up. The trail is visited by a large number of hikers starting from both ends of the trail. It is clearly marked, and easy to follow.
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