Over the weekend, my husband and I went to Shenandoah National Park and did the Whiteoak Canyon and Cedar Run Loop. The trail was just shy of nine miles and had 2,365′ of elevation gain. This was definitely a challenging trail, but it was very enjoyable (during most parts).
We started at the trailhead on Weakley Hollow Road. The parking lot was full when we got there, but there was a privately owned overflow lot just up the road. If you happen to visit yourself, the overflow lot takes cash and Venmo. We checked into the ranger’s station to pick up a trail map and got some advice from the rangers. They suggested doing the trail clockwise, which was a great way to do it. There is also some port-o-potties here if you need to use the bathroom before or after your hike.
The first half of the trail was, for lack of a better word, brutal. We basically went uphill for just over four miles. There were no overlooks on this end but there were several small streams and the forest was beautiful. This uphill section eventually leads to the parking area for Hawksbill Mountain. You can start the trail here, but that would entail ending the hike on an uphill climb.
The second half of the hike was easier and had some impressive views. As we walked down we followed along several waterfalls. There was also a rocky outcrop that gave a good view of the surrounding mountains. In my opinion, going up this way seems like it would have been even more difficult. I am very happy we went down this way instead of going up it.
I hope you like these photos! I really enjoy going to the mountains during the fall to see the leaves.