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.
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.
Probably my favorite trail thus far, because of the rock scramble. Great views along the way as well. Would definitely recommend this trail.
This trail was somewhat of a challenge with the rock scramble but really fun! I enjoyed this short hike. The view from the top was unbelievable! Definitely go on a clear day so you can get the full view.
Love this trail and the view at the top!
Short trail. Great views. Got the heart pumping climbing over the rocks in the wind
Loved, loved this short hike! There is definitely some bouldering and a little rock climbing. But it's so worth it and so much fun! I did it with my 10 year old daughter
Love the rock scramble. Fantastic view in 2 different locations on the trail
So much fun! Make sure to wear shoes with good traction because even though the climbing isn't too intense, there are a few opportunities to wipe out if it's wet at all (which it was today!). Very nicely marked and an amazing view. I would highly recommend this one!
A fun little scramble. Great 360 views on top of the rocks. I look forward to coming back and doing this one again when it's warmer outside!
Beautiful view once you reach the summit. Rocky uphill climb but worth it.
I took my 7 yr old on this scramble hike. we had a blast!! She found a rockf ace that looked liked a bear and one like a lion. It was a wonderful way to spend an afternoon! Be sure to wear shoes with traction as some of the trail and rocks were slippery.