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

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More than moderate but definitely worth it!

This trail was rated moderate. If you are doing the rock scramble it is more than moderate... You are essentially rock climbing 70 percent of the time. It was an incredible... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed July 27, 2015
Emily C
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Fredericksburg, Virginia, United States
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Fredericksburg, Virginia, United States
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25 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2015 NEW

This trail was rated moderate. If you are doing the rock scramble it is more than moderate... You are essentially rock climbing 70 percent of the time. It was an incredible trail, perfect length since it was short. Bring plenty of water and make sure you have shoes that are good for climbing. The views were breathtaking!! Bring your average... More 

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Cleveland, Ohio
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2015 NEW

At the advice of a park ranger, we took our 4 and 6 year old on the Bearfence Mountain Scramble hike. She said, "there's lots of rocks to climb, and kids love climbing rocks!" That is true, and they did enjoy all of the climbing, but we were unable to take them over the last few yards of the trail,... More 

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Pine Hill, NJ
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2015

This was our second visit to the park. Bearfence was #1 must do on my list. The rock scramble is a great challenge. Being 12 years older now, I was very proud of myself that with no effort, I conquered. It is for those who are somewhat fit. Wearing proper footwear is a must. You follow marked trails up the... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2015

My daughter and I tried this trail in June 2015. Prior to this trail we had no clue what a rock scramble was. I assumed that the trail was covered by large rocks. I do not know that we would be climbing boulders along the top of a ridge line with over 100' drops on either side. My daughter loved... More 

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 26, 2015

My husband and I, both 60+ years old, made this climb. Even though it was a little more strenuous going up than I expected, the experience was a good one. I chose to do the Rock Scramble which was a little challenging. I am glad I did it. My husband was having knee pain so he chose not to do... More 

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Hanover, Pennsylvania
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 20, 2015

My family elected not to do the rock scramble part of the trail because of wet rocks from rains the night before, the trail was slippery. Saying that, we loved this hike (stay on the AT if you don't want to do the rock scramble). A fairly easy hike, with an amazing view looking west at the top.

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Charlottesville, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 17, 2015

Family hike resulted in amazing views. My 4 year old did it in her dress and cowboy boots!! Great climb, hike - the "rock scramble" was very cool. We love Bearfence Mtn loop trail. Great for kids. Highly recommend.

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Amsterdam
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 59 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 15, 2015

We did Bearfence Mountain trail climbing rocks and enjoying the spectactular view from the top rock. Take the trial up and take the easy way down. You will love it.

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Virginia Beach, Virginia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 8, 2015

We asked about easiest Shenandoah NP trails in a Harry F. Byrd, Sr. Visitor Center. We told we had 4,6 and 10 years old kids in a family. One of trails lady offered was a Bearfence trail, with 360 and 180 degrees panoramas. She told it would be fun for kids to climb the rocks. Well, it was for kids,... More 

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New Jersey
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 137 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 27, 2015

This trail is what I consider to be big bang for the buck. It's a fairly short trail, 1.2 mile round trip. Not a lot of elevation gain. It has rock scramble which is not for everyone, but great fun if you are bored with just walking on trails. And 360 degree panorama at the top. We did Old Rag... More 

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Address: Shenandoah National Park, VA
Location: United States  >  Virginia (VA)  >  Shenandoah National Park

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