Staunton River Trail to Bear Church Rock

MODERATE 29 reviews
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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
1971 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

dogs on leash

hiking

river

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3 days ago

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

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1 month 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.

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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2 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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7 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.

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10 months ago

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

10 months ago

One of the best hikes