Hiking White Oak Canyon

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White Oak Canyon is one of the most popular waterfall hikes in Virginia. On any given weekend late spring-fall you can find, literally, hundreds of people on this trail! Because of that, Michael and I avoid White Oak Canyon at all costs unless we can sneak in during the week or in the wintertime. Well, since the weather said it was going to be a high of 32 degrees in the park we thought it would be the perfect day to do White Oak Canyon without the crowds! Some stats:

  • 4.8 miles round trip
  • You can combine this hike with the Cedar Run trail to make it longer and see more waterfalls
  • 1,200ft elevation gain
  • You will see tons of waterfalls on this hike!
  • Very crowded
  • Amazing swimming holes during the summer

We were right in thinking no one would be on the trails and we only saw about 5 other people during the entire time we were there. The waterfalls were all frozen over and occasionally big sheets of ice would fall down the waterfalls and crack and break below. I love a good, frozen waterfall so I was thoroughly enjoying myself on this hike! Also, interestingly enough, my legs were sore for two days after this hike. Possibly because we took the hike too fast? I'm not sure. But I will warn you that it is a pretty solid uphill hike for most of the time so be prepared!!

For more directions on this hike visit here: HIKING UPWARD