Staunton River Trail to Bear Church Rock

MODERATE 22 reviews
#41 of 117 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
1971 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

dogs on leash

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river

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5 days ago

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9 days 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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1 month ago

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2 months ago

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2 months ago

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5 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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5 months ago

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6 months ago

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8 months ago

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

8 months ago

One of the best hikes

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9 months ago

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10 months ago

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.

10 months ago

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10 months ago

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

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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.