Cedar Run Trail

Shenandoah National Park, Virginia 22835

Elevation Gain2,608ft
Trailhead Elevation3,365ft
Elevation Min/Max1208/3365ft
Elevation Start/End3365/3365ft

Cedar Run Trail

Cedar Run Trail is a hiking trail in Madison County, Virginia. It is within Shenandoah National Park. It is 3.2 miles long and begins at 3,365 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 6.5 miles with a total elevation gain of 2,608 feet. The Hawksbill Gap Parking is near the trailhead. This trail connects with the following: White Oak Canyon Trail and Whiteoak Canyon Trail.

Cedar Run Trail Professional Reviews and Guides

"This hike leads you into rugged upper Cedar Run Canyon. The trail down to the main falls is steep. However, aquatic rewards are many along the way—you pass innumerable cascades spilling down the narrow, boulderladen gorge, a wild place deserving of national park protection.

Your trip to the cascades will be slow, because you will need to watch your footing and stop often to admire the scenery. Note: This hike can be busy on warmweather weekends."

"A very strenuous loop hike through two gorges passes nine beautiful waterfalls in Cedar Run and Whiteoak Canyon. According to signs at the trailhead, the 7.7-mile descent and return ascent along the Whiteoak Canyon Trail can be made in six hours. That is certainly true, particularly for someone in good shape.

However, because the trail takes you to an area of such great natural beauty, it would be far better, and probably necessary, to plan to make this a full-day hike. Pack a picnic lunch, swimsuit, and camera, for the trail puts you within easy access of two beautiful waterfalls, relatively easy access of four more, and not-so- easy access of three others, for a total of nine falls."

Cedar Run Trail Reviews

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Amazing waterfalls, swimming holes and pools along almost the entire hike. Streneouse incline and decline, but well worth the effort. Plan on lots of stops to enjoy the beauty!
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These are easy, well defined trails. The waterfalls are very accessible and really nice. The Lower Cascades is by far the best! The leaves had just barely started to turn...not really yellow yet. Another week or two should be perfect.

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Trail Information

Shenandoah National Park
Nearby City
Shenandoah National Park
George Washington National Forest
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Oct 2018