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Bearfence Mountain Trail

MODERATE 614 reviews
#3 of 195 trails in

Bearfence Mountain Trail is a 1 mile heavily trafficked loop trail located near Elkton, 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: 1.0 miles Elevation Gain: 242 feet Route Type: Loop

hiking

nature trips

bird watching

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 to the summit of Bearfence Mountain. Blazes mark the best scramble climbing route. The view from the summit is well worth the climb as it 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, 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, and older children may also find the climb difficult.

1 day ago

Quick hike with a sneaky rock scramble. It was a lot of fun and would highly recommend it.

hiking
rocky
scramble
10 days ago

Although a short hike the rock scramble makes this a tad strenuous. I absolutely loved the scramble since it seemed to make the hike interesting and the views incredible. However, wear proper shoes since the rocks can be slick, don’t do if you’re scared of heights and I would hike this without huge packs. You just want to make sure your hands are free. Would definitely do this again!

hiking
15 days ago

Although a short trail, this was a strenuous hike of rock scrambling... scaling large boulders and exposure close to the summit. Challenging terrain. Great 360 views of the Blue Ridge Mountains. It was extremely windy, even without the winds... good balance a must. After the rock scramble, much easier loop back via AT.

hiking
rocky
22 days ago

Very challenge trial. It's short but very special. I like it a lot.

hiking
27 days ago

Such a fun trail. Great rock scrambles with rewarding views. Definitely a trail to repeat.

hiking
29 days ago

short, but really cool scramble. View from the top is amazing! It's a great end of day, before it gets dark cap to the day if you've done something more extensive earlier. it a bit exposed in one area but definitely doable for any age, teen and above.

hiking
over grown
rocky
scramble
29 days ago

hiking
30 days ago

Super short highly trafficked easy hike with great view (there are two vantage pts but first is best). I brought my dogs even though it says not to, and it was fine. Need good footwear!

hiking
rocky
scramble
1 month ago

Fun, short trail with a midpoint scramble

recorded Recording - Nov 06, 12:11 PM

hiking
fee
rocky
scramble
1 month ago

hiking
rocky
scramble
1 month ago

Fun scrambles. Great view. NP map says to go one way to the 360 view if you want to avoid scrambles. Looked to us that you had about the same from either direction. Did them out and back. Probably not possible in season. Old Rag scramble is way better but requires a much longer hike.

hiking
scramble
1 month ago

hiking
1 month ago

Fun rock scrambles, beautiful views.

hiking
rocky
scramble
1 month ago

Amazing, scary, beautiful!

hiking
1 month ago

short and sweet with a nice rocky spine with fantastic views

hiking
rocky
scramble
1 month ago

hiking
scramble
1 month ago

hiking
rocky
scramble
1 month ago

Missed the sunrise by a few minutes but the hike can't be beat: especially the rock scramble!

hiking
scramble
1 month ago

Small hike but if you like scrambles and boulders you will like it!

hiking
rocky
scramble
1 month ago

I do not like heights but I enjoyed the trail and rock scramble. Can’t wait to hike it again!

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