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Bearfence Mountain

Shenandoah National Park, VA
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Type: Mountains
Description: Popular scenic area.
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Pennsylvania
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6 reviews 6 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 14, 2014

Believe the description of this hike! It is a scramble and climb across the rocks at the top of the mountain. Not for the faint at heart. Go with a friend, in case you get stuck.

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Arlington, Virginia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2014

Although this hike is only about a mile and a half, it's a nice little challenge The gorgeous view from the summit is a worthy pay-off. I am a regular hiker and the rock scramble was not particularly difficult for me. My 9-year-old fearless nephew was on his first hike and had a blast!

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3 reviews 3 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2014

This hike is challenging for the very cool rock scramble at the top. You look up and say "Is that a trail blaze on that rock?" and yes, it is! Lots of fun, but not for those who aren't agile or are afraid of heights. Our 9 & 10 year old boys loved it.

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Buffalo, NY
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7 reviews 7 reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 6, 2014

This is a challenging hike - but very much doable and absolutely worth the trouble. I am a 57 yr old woman in moderately good physical condition and completed this hike with little difficulty - there is a rock scramble that can be challenging, but worth the view, which is spectacular - I would not recommend this hike in wet... More

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Depew, New York
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7 reviews 7 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2014

I'm 62 yrs old and in good shape ( I guess). This was an easy hike, but my first ever rock scrabble, and unsure what that was. I you also don't know, you will be climbing large boulders. It's not bad, but I did have to put my camera into my backpack so it wouldn't smash into the rocks. The... More

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Boca Raton, Florida
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 4, 2014

Fun hike, that has some rock scrambling to a beautiful 360 view. We walk the AT from our Lewis Mountain Cabin to the Bearfence Trail and back, spent 2.5 hours on a lovely hike.

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Lyndhurst, New Jersey
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 4, 2014

This is not for the "easy" hiker. Climbing on rocks is required. At one point there is a steep drop off that is a bit scary. Great view when you reach the top.

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Shawnee, Kansas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 4, 2014

This was our favorite short hike in the park. Not for the fragile, because you do some climbing over boulders to get to the peak, but the view was 360. The last step up is a bit scary, but there is a lower lookout for those who are more timid. Beautiful hike. Look for the shortcut down using the AT... More

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Baltimore County, Maryland
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53 reviews 53 reviews
19 attraction reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2014

We used to do Bearfence all of the time so I know that it is a great hike. It is one that kids and teenagers really love. To write this review I had to put a date, but, I have to admit that I haven't done it for awhile. Why? Dogs are prohibited from this trail and we hike with... More

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Wilmington, Delaware
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30 helpful votes 30 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2014

The first part of Bearfence is really the hardest. It's a steep climb for about 1/4 of a mile. Then it gets really fun. You scramble over the rocks for some fantastic views. It is challenging but so worth it. It helps to be a little bit limber, but I am an old, overweight female so if I can do... More

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