Staunton River Trail to Bear Church Rock

MODERATE 33 reviews
#36 of 135 trails in

Staunton River Trail to Bear Church Rock is a 7.3 mile out and back trail located near Madison, Virginia that features a river. The trail is rated as moderate and primarily used for hiking. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

DISTANCE
7.3 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
1873 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

dogs on leash

hiking

river

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2 months ago

Pretty views! Not quite peak foliage colors yet, but still pretty. Be careful of slippery leaves on the way down.

3 months ago

Beautiful hike along the river. Stream crossings weren't difficult at this time. Numerous varieties of wildflowers, largest mountain laurels I've ever seen! Terrific canopy of tall trees. Steep enough to feel it, but not so much that it's challenging.

3 months ago

A long hike next to a river. It's nice spending a few miles by the water but unfortunately there are little to no memorable spots along the way. The view from Bear Church Rock is truly great but then it's time to repeat the monotonous 3.5 mile hike back down. Not bad hike but also not a very memorable one. There better options in the Shenandoahs but if your looking for something new then give this a try.

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4 months ago

Great hike. Hike was close to the water most of the way. Wasn't too hard until the last part. Ran into a bear, which was exciting.

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9 months ago

Great trail.....last mile and half is a good workout but there were a lot of great views during the winter months. My favorite part was the Laurel Thicket.

hiking
Friday, November 25, 2016

it is secluded and a nice hike but not a great view for the effort.

Monday, November 07, 2016

One of the best hikes

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Monday, October 17, 2016

this is really a beautiful trail. We chose it as a second hike because we couldn't find the Pine Hill trail. We only had a few hrs and did 7 miles. It's a great trail area for family because you can go as far you want and always have a creek near by.

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Wednesday, September 28, 2016

This hike is great. Swimming holes, waterfalls, a great view, and a cabin. When including the spur to the cabin, the hike becomes 8.1 miles with a 2130 foot gain. It was recommended that I go to the overlook first and follow it up with the cabin, and I'm glad I followed that suggestion. The falls are not quite as magical as White Oak Falls, but the view is 10x better and the solitude can't be beat.

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Sunday, July 17, 2016

This trail was absolutely gorgeous. Went in July & swam in little pockets of water that were like swimming holes. It wasn't too hot because the canopy was very heavy and of course the stops in the cold water was a great cool down too. The blazes were well taken care of, so it was easy to follow the trail & we saw a beaver and some deer in the beginning of the trail. I am sure if we got there early enough, we'd see bears.

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