Bearfence Mountain Trail

MODERATE 143 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 is primarily used for hiking, walking, nature trips, and birding and is best used from April until October.

DISTANCE
1.1 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
246 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Loop

birding

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.

2 days 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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3 days 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!!

3 days ago

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

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7 days ago

Great Views. Novice Hikers can handle this. Just one spot that is a little tricky. Fun short hike!

hiking
10 days ago

Took my 6 and 9 year old - we are avid hikers- it's a short trail with a great rock scramble they loved that came out to an amazing 360 degree view at the top- a good amount of hikers on the trail-but not packed.

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12 days ago

15 days ago

Awesome hike. Rock scramble has some sketchy parts for the adventurous type.

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15 days ago

Daughter loved this hike, scrambling the rocks....hiking a piece of the AT was fun too!

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21 days ago

Beautiful, short hike! I took my toddler because she loves climbing rocks and she had a blast! It's definitely not for the faint of heart if you don't enjoy a little bit of climbing.

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24 days ago

Great scramble -- lots of fun. Those with issues with heights should heed to the caution in the description.

25 days ago

Awesome hike

26 days ago

Amazing short hike with great views. I did this along with 4 other hikes for a full day.

1 month ago

The rock climbing and multiple views were awesome! Highly recommend!