Shenandoah National Park: Whiteoak Canyon Trail

This 6.6-mile out-and-back canyon hike is fantastically verdant and loaded with glistening cascades, including the park's second highest waterfall.
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This 6.6-mile out-and-back canyon hike is fantastically verdant and loaded with glistening cascades, including the park's second highest waterfall.

Trail Facts

  • Distance: 5.3

Waypoints

WOC001

Location: 38.585815, -78.383141

Trail descends SE into woods

WOC002

Location: 38.580292, -78.379616

Continue straight @ Limberlost Trail and Old Rag Fire Rd. (.1 mile later), passing under supersize hemlocks

WOC003

Location: 38.576874, -78.375725

Continue straight on Whiteoak Creek Trail--the park's first nature trail (built in 1947)

WOC004

Location: 38.576332, -78.371727

Brook feeds into larger stream; cross over to left side and continue downhill

WOC005

Location: 38.571381, -78.368675

Trail quickly drops, then weaves to other side

WOC006

Location: 38.564217, -78.36425

Fire road joins creek on R; continue straight, staying on E side

WOC007

Location: 38.56406, -78.363663

Continue straight

WOC008

Location: 38.56358, -78.363129

Using caution, bear R to view upper Whiteoak Falls plummeting more than 80 feet; descend rocky steps

WOC009

Location: 38.560467, -78.357735

Veer L around a large boulder down to two more cascading falls

WOC010

Location: 38.555782, -78.35228

Spectacular view of waterfall; great photo and lunch spot