Hike White Oak Canyon

Virginia White Oak Canyon

Added by Christin Healey

White Oak Canyon is an easy hike with one of the best falls in Shenandoah National Park. There is also easy access to lodging, restaurants and facilities when you are finished hiking at Skyland.

Between mile 42 and 43 of Skyline Drive in Shenandoah National Park is the trailhead for WhiteOak Canyon. Begin at the trailhead from the parking lot and cross the Limberlost Trail in .3 miles. Continue on and you will cross your first footbridge shortly. After another mile you will cross the second footbridge and turn left to get to the lookout for the falls. This is well marked. In a few hundred feet you will reach the best lookout of the falls on a rocky outcrop, and it's also a great stop for lunch or a snack, and of course some photos. Then just retrace your steps to complete this easy 4.8 mile out and back! This is one of the most popular hikes in the park, so go early or later in the afternoon during the weekend or holidays. The elevation gain is 1,200 ft, but it's gradual so an easy hike for the entire family.

Pack List

  • Hiking poles
  • Water
  • Snacks/Food
  • Camera
  • Tripod
  • Hiking boots
  • Backpack
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Backpacking, Camping, Hiking, Photography

Skill Level:



Spring, Summer, Autumn

Trail Type:



4.8 Miles

Elev. Gain:

1200 Feet



Dog Friendly
Easy Parking
Food Nearby

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4 months ago


It's a great hike for beginners. It's the perfect length for its terrain. You'll definitely work up a sweat hiking up the slight slope. Luckily, there's a few waterfalls and swimming holes along the way!

4 months ago

8 months ago

One Of The Best Summer Hikes

Gets super busy but this is one of the best summer hikes in the area. Lots of swimming holes to cool off in. Be watchful for snakes.

8 months ago

Added by Christin Healey

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