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Tough hike but worth every step

We hiked the white oak canyon trail from the lower parking lot. The lot fills up quickly on weekends which happened to us. We didn't want to wait to see if a spot opened so we... read more

Reviewed 3 days ago
Baker1085
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Woodbridge, Virginia
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Woodbridge, Virginia
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57 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

We hiked the white oak canyon trail from the lower parking lot. The lot fills up quickly on weekends which happened to us. We didn't want to wait to see if a spot opened so we paid $10 to park on private land. Be aware that there is fee which can be pricey to hike in national parks. We paid... More 

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Thank Baker1085
Little Egg Harbor, New Jersey
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128 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 45 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Sometimes, if you're lucky, you get the perfect day for hiking. In mid-May it was overcast and in the 60's. We left from White Oak Canyon parking area, and it was a pretty steep ascent to the lower and upper falls. The waterfalls were fantastic in May, well worth the effort. From Upper Falls, we took Whiteoak Fireroad- look for... More 

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Thank 103Katherine
Alexandria, Virginia
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101 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

This hike is no joke. Moderate grade, downhill going; uphill back. The trail is pretty rocky so watch your step. While the ascent is certainly a workout, my whole family (kids 11 & 14) and two dogs made it with no problem. The falls at the end were quite lovely.

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Thank Jeanine W
Ferdinand, Indiana
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40 reviews
13 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
Reviewed 24 November 2016

Start from the bottom lot for a gorgeous hike. You will almost immediately be crossing and walking along beautiful waterways, so even if the trail gets too tough further up, you will be rewarded. We actually hiked the entire trail up to Skyline Drive and to Skyland for lunch- This is about 6 miles uphill, but we had a warm... More 

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3 Thank HoosierFoodLover
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Reviewed 31 October 2016

we did this hike on October 30th, 2016. It was long for a novice hiker like me, need action shoe as the trail is rocky. It took us 2.5hrs including small breaks for pics. We started to hike around 4:30 and it was dark by 6:40, we did hike for 20mins in very dim light. Overall it's a great trail... More 

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Thank sravan kumar r
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 29 October 2016 via mobile

I am by no means a really athletic person but I hiked this with my boyfriend and did it in tennis shoes. The hike we took was the blue route and it took us 3 hours and 45 min to get to the big waterfall. It was the first waterfall I have ever seen and it was amazing! I was... More 

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Thank Kristi C
Madison, Georgia
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5 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed 23 October 2016

Wonderful day hike but get there early as parking is limited. Hike was fairly easy for us, but it is rocky and in areas wet. Recommend hiking boots over sneakers. More enjoyable than Old Rag which has turned into a zoo.

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Boston, Massachusetts
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23 reviews
8 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
Reviewed 16 October 2016

We do this hike every year and know people who live in the area who do it every week. You can hike all the way up to Shenandoah National Park or vice-versa but that takes all day. The swim in the pool at the bottom of the first falls is a refreshing fun photo op and a welcome reward on... More 

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Olney, Maryland
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27 reviews
7 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
Reviewed 14 October 2016

There are options on how to do this loop hike. I parked at the Whiteoak Canyon lot off of Rt. 600 near Syria, VA. There is a ranger shed at the lot that may or may not be staffed, but if not, there is a place to leave your park fee. I hiked the loop counter-clockwise, taking the Whiteoak Canyon... More 

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Thank Steve H
Beavercreek, Ohio
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127 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 50 helpful votes
Reviewed 8 October 2016

This is a moderate hike with moderately steep uphill climb back. If you want a nice 3 hour -4 hour hike with less traffic this one may be for you.We parked at mile marker 43 and started down the Limberlost trail. This is a perfectly manicured trail for kids and elderly with benches. We took it to Whiteoak Canyon trail... More 

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