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The waterfalls and cascades found along Naked Creek are some of the most scenic in Shenandoah National Park, a true hidden gem of the park. There are 5 nice waterfalls along the route of this creek, this is the main one, #4.

40 ft (64.3 m) height (estimate)

Mile 53.2, Naked Creek Overlook

2.0 mile (3.2 km) round trip hike.

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These falls are not mentioned in any SNP waterfall guides. There are no trails. This hike is pure bushwhacking. The terrain is very rugged with lots of downed trees, MANY rocks and choked with briar patches. I came to know of this waterfall from Henry Heatwole's Guide To Shenandoah National Park.

Best bet is not to travel along the creek as you go, but instead go fairly wide away from the creek for the 'path of least resistance'. I've been down both sides of the creek, and the best route is the one on the right side of it. If you use the left side, you eventually end up at the #4 (main) falls but high above it. (I'm using the same numbering system that's in place with the Whiteoak Canyon Falls -- the #1 Naked Creek falls are located at the top of the ridge and the #5 is down near the bottom)

Technically the creek is named East Branch Naked Creek, and the West Branch Naked Creek comes in from the right once you arrive near this main waterfall. Naked Creek is the right-hand tributary of the South Fork of the Shenandoah River. Most of its watershed is within Page County.

If you decide to bushwhack along this creek, you are at your own risk. This hike is ONLY recommended for experienced sure-footed hikers!

The Virginia Department of Environmental Quality states the following:

Naked Creek is found to possess exceptional environmental settings and satisfies the criterion of possessing an exceptional aquatic community. East Branch Naked Creek has no trail associated with it. A Skyline Drive overlook is located near the headwaters but cross-country "bushwhacking" is necessary to access the stream. A detailed map of the area is highly recommended. There is no access at the downstream boundary. The terrain of the upper portion near the headwaters is extremely rugged but the environs surrounding the stream are truly exceptional. The stream has, as is the case with most mountainside streams, numerous small waterfalls. A cursory benthic survey was done and stoneflies and caddisflies were observed in the headwaters. Mayflies, stoneflies, caddisflies, and brook trout were observed farther downstream. Map

View From The Right Side

View From Right Side (March 2010)
View From Left Side (March 2010)
View From Left, Above (March 2010)

The Other 4 Naked Creek Waterfalls

Waterfall #1

Waterfall #2

Waterfall #3

Waterfall #5