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Address: , Shenandoah National Park, VA
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Description: Popular scenic area.

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Great short hike with funboulder scrambling

I hiked with with my 7 and 8 year old kids, and my 13 year old daughter. Everyone did great - as long as dad (me) was there to help. The little ones just don't have long enough... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed August 31, 2015
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Branchburg, New Jersey
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Branchburg, New Jersey
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2015 NEW

I hiked with with my 7 and 8 year old kids, and my 13 year old daughter. Everyone did great - as long as dad (me) was there to help. The little ones just don't have long enough arms and legs to complete some of the moves. So a well placed hand and grip did the trick - or lift... More 

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Hopkinton, MA
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2015 NEW

This is a short hike, but it has great views at the summit and a really fun rock scramble with interesting rock formations. It's popular, but we did it late in the afternoon, and there were only a couple of other people on the hike. Worth the stop if you are on Skyline Drive.

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Syracuse, New York
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2015

This was a wonderful and fun hike for the family. It had some mild canyoneering like moves required to complete the hike at the top. The views were super. The kids loved the added rock bald canyoneering difficulty. It is worth every step. Hiking poles will get it your way at the top. Consider a decent hiking shoe or boot... More 

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Ruckersville, Virginia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2015

A short hike when you want to get away for some peace of mind. The hike to the base of the rocks is short and the scrambles are invigorating. The views are exceptional.

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Richmond Hill, Canada
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2015

Short hike, scrambling over boulders beside cliff sides, great view at top. Kids loved it, wife was petrified during rock scramble, but happy she did it. Lots of fun

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Williamsburg, Virginia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2015

A favorite of our family! It is a true rock scramble with a 360 degree spectacular view at top. Doable for children (ours did it beginning at age 6).

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Whitewater
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 16, 2015

My 14 year old and I had a great hike. She was a trooper on her first scramble. It was an hour round-trip with several great views along the way.

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Southington, Connecticut
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 10, 2015 via mobile

Fun hike via a rock scramble. From the peak, it offered 360 degree views of the mountains and the valley.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 9, 2015

Our family of 4, with kids 13 and 15, had a great afternoon climb up Bearfence. Short climb with some steep/challenging sections. Loop allows for mellow descent along the AT with no need to backtrack down the steep route. Two separate lookouts, the first has 360 degree view, the second has a 180 degree view. Only downside was folks chucking... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 7, 2015

You may hear this trail described as "very rocky" or rough, etc, but honestly there's relatively long and continuous sections that are really more of a ridge top rock scramble. If you've not done a lot of Boulder scrambling, don't be intimidated, it's very doable. There are spots though where you really have to think about how you're going to... More 

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