Bearfence Mountain Trail

MODERATE 161 reviews
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Bearfence Mountain Trail is a 1.1 mile lightly trafficked loop trail located near Shenandoah, Virginia that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from April until October.

DISTANCE
1.1 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
246 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Loop

birding

fly fishing

hiking

nature trips

walking

forest

views

wild flowers

wildlife

rocky

scramble

no dogs

After parking in the Bearfence Mountain parking lot, cross Skyline Drive and follow the blue blazes of the Bearfence Trail. The Bearfence Trail leads up a steep slope that eventually turns into a scramble climb that to the summit of Bearfence Mountain. Blazes mark the best scramble climbing route. The view from the summit is well worth the climb and is one of only three summits in the park that has a 360-degree view. Getting down from the summit requires a short scramble climb, after which the Bearfence Trail returns to a normal hiking surface. The Appalachian trail can be accessed from either one of two right turns from the Bearfence Trail. The second right turn should be followed to complete the one-mile loop. The Appalachian Trail leads back down the mountain to Skyline Drive. The scramble climb makes this trail a unique hike to a great view. Anyone who is reasonably fit and flexible should be able to handle the scramble climb (my eight year-old daughter handled it with ease), but hikers who have issues with heights may want to skip this trail. Near the summit, the climbing path occasionally passes within eighteen inches or so of sheer drops. This is also definitely not the trail for families with kids small enough that they have to be carried.

1 day ago

Amazing! Love the 360 view of the surrounding mountains! Very short hike, perfect for sunsets!

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24 days ago

The rock scramble was a little more intense then we had anticipated. The view from the top was amazing but if you're scared of heights maybe not for you.

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29 days ago

My wife and I found the scramble at the summit to be challenging. If you have any fear of heights, the scamble to the top will bring that out. However, the 360 views were tremendous. The rest of the trail was easy and enjoyable.

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View wasn't super great and trail was easy not challenging.

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1 month ago

We enjoy this short hike and especially the rock scramble. Great experience for many ages, maybe 9 and up. Incredible 360 degree view

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2 months ago

The hike itself to the most beautiful 360 view I have ever seen was relatively short, but very fun climbing the surrounding rocks. One of the best sunsets I've ever seen, highly recommend

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2 months ago

Very exciting trail. We did the rock scramble. It will be difficult for people who are scared of heights, are unable to climb, and do not have much upper body strength. However, the view at the top is definitely worth it!!

2 months ago

quick hike... best 360 view in park ! perfect for sunrise and sunsets

2 months ago