Cedar Run Trail

Shenandoah National Park, Virginia 22835

Distance3.2mi
Elevation Gain2,608ft
Trailhead Elevation3,365ft
Top3,365ft
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.

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Waterfalls of the Blue Ridge: A Hiking Guide to the Cascades of the Blue Ridge Mountains (Menasha Ridge Press)
Nicole Blouin, Steve Bordonaro, & Marilou Wier Bordonaro
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"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." Read more
Hiking Shenandoah National Park (Falcon Guides)
Bert & Jane Gildart
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"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." Read more
Top Trails Shenandoah National Park (Wilderness Press)
Johnny Molloy
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"This hike leads you into rugged upper Cedar Run Canyon. The trail down to the falls is steep as it passes innumerable cascades spilling down the narrow boulder-laden gorge. This place is wild and deserving of national park protection. Your trip to the cascades will be slow because you need to watch your footing and stop often to admire the scenery." Read more

Cedar Run Trail Reviews

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9/28/2012
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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10/29/2005
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
Parks
Dog-friendly
Accessibility
Moderate to Difficult
Skill Level
Views, Wildflowers, Waterfalls
Features
Shenandoah National Park (540) 999-3500.
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Dec 2018