Whiteoak Canyon Trail is a hiking trail in Madison County, Virginia. It is within Shenandoah National Park. It is 4.1 miles long and begins at 3,499 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 8.4 miles with a total elevation gain of 3,021 feet. The White Oak Canyon parking - Upper Lot parking is near the trailhead.
Whiteoak Canyon Trail Professional Reviews and Guides
"A loop hike to the summit of the park’s highest mountainwith spectacular views."
--Bert and Jane Gildart, Best Easy Day Hikes: Shenandoah National Park (Falcon Guides).
"Whiteoak Canyon is one of the most popular places in Shenandoah National Park to hike besides Old Rag, a strenuous 9-mile loop with a challenging rock scramble at the top—not a great choice if you have kids younger than ten. On spring, summer, and fall weekends, a ranger stationed in a National Park Service (NPS) shed adjacent to the trailhead kiosk provides maps, collects fees, and answers questions. The parking lot, which holds about thirty cars, is on private property; the NPS has permission to use the land through an easement. Cars are prohibited from parking on VA 600. Hikers enter park property a short distance from the trailhead. Shenandoah’s park boundary is marked by large orange dots painted on tree trunks. After your hike, you and your kids might enjoy picking apples at the Graves Mountain Orchard, nearby on VA 670. Or you might go wine tasting at the family-friendly DuCard Vineyards on Etlan Road (VA 643)."
--Jennifer Chambers , Best Hikes with Kids: Washington, DC, the Beltway & Beyond (The Mountaineers Books).
"This hike travels to some of the park’s most spectacular waterfalls.Although this hike is almost 6 miles long, we have included it here because there is so much to see along the way. The inbound portion of the hike is uphill, but at any time you can turn around and make the easy downhill hike back to the trailhead. This hike provides access to some of the most spectacular falls in the park. The farther you go, the more falls you will pass—six if you complete the entire hike."
--Bert and Jane Gildart, Best Easy Day Hikes Shenandoah National Park (Falcon Guides).
"Not only is this hike one of the great classics of Shenandoah National Park and of Virginia more generally, but it is also a strong contender for the best waterfall hike in the state. To begin this classic and much-loved Shenandoah hike, start by walking to the back of the parking lot past the ranger station. A bridge takes you over the creek. At this point, you’re walking on blue-blazed Whiteoak Trail, which quickly arrives at an intersection. The left fork leads up Cedar Run, the described route; the right, up Whiteoak Canyon. Though you can certainly walk Whiteoak Canyon first, Cedar Run is the steeper trail; you’ll likely be more comfortable climbing it and then descending the less steep, though certainly challenging, Whiteoak Canyon Trail."
--Jennifer Adach and Michael R. Martin, AMC's Best Day Hikes in The Shenandoah Valley (Appalachian Mountain Club Books).
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