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Bearfence Mountain

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

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Challenging for young ones

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... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed July 2, 2015
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2015 NEW

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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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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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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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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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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Madison, Virginia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 24, 2015

Bearfence is one of my favorite hikes; I've done it with almost everyone I bring to the park. I live in nearby Madison County and visit SNP often. I'm almost 55 and in good shape for my age, but I'm not a super athlete. You should wear good shoes. It's not a long hike, but there are some large rocks... More 

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Warrenville, IL
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 22, 2015

Round trip - this is about a 1.2 mile hike. You can take the rock-scramble there, and the normal trail back. If you in a group where not everyone wants to do the rock scramble, that will work too - just have the do and out and back on the regular trail. The rock scramble wasn't too bad for me... More 

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Glen Allen, Virginia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 18, 2015

Not for folks with young kids, or pets. Some rock climbing, and I've seen more than one person afraid of the rocks and heights. Great views!

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

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