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Bearfence Mountain

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

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Rock scramble, short trail, 360 degree panorama

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... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed May 27, 2015
Aurora09
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New Jersey
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New Jersey
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87 reviews 87 reviews
34 attraction reviews
130 helpful votes 130 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 27, 2015 NEW

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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12 reviews 12 reviews
5 attraction reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 24, 2015 NEW

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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141 helpful votes 141 helpful votes
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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3 reviews 3 reviews
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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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Richmond, Virginia
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6 reviews 6 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 18, 2015 via mobile

WOW! Certainty not for anyone with a fear of heights. I am scared to death of heights & even had panic attack at one point (the ledge & narrow cliff discussed above) but I pulled myself together & did something I NEVER imagined I would do! This was an amazing experience & I would never take my children on it,... More 

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Summerville, South Carolina
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19 reviews 19 reviews
6 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 5, 2015

This hike was so much fun, my kids who were 16 and 14 said this was there favorite hike out of the three we did that day. It is not a super long hike but a great deal of it is climbing up and over and through some huge boulders and rock face at the very top of the mountain.... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 3, 2015

Bearfence is located near to the Swift Run Gap (Route 33) entrance to the Skyline Drive and Shenandoah National Park making it a nice quick hike to an amazing view. Parking is directly across the street from the trail head. The trail starts like a set of steps until you reach several easy rock scrambles. The final scrambles are a... More 

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St. Charles, MO
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 29, 2014

We were on our way back to St. Louis from Nags Head and decided to make a detour at Shenandoah National Park. Unfortunately, we had less than a day to experience the park, but thanks to TripAdvisor, made some excellent decisions on how to spend the time. At the top of the list was the Bearfence Mountain hike. The scrambling... More 

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Pittsburgh, PA
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6 reviews 6 reviews
6 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 5, 2014

My favorite hike at Shenandoah so far (though I've not yet attempted Old Rag Mountain) Bearfence Mountain starts as a hike and then becomes a rock scramble that takes you to a beautiful summit with 360 degree views. If you have a fear of heights you may feel uneasy at the top as you are standing on a somewhat exposed... More 

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Harrisonburg, Virginia
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35 reviews 35 reviews
7 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 4, 2014

Great hike with beautiful views. If you want a hike that's like old rag but only 1/4 of the journey this is your hike. Rock scrambling and great views. Fun hike.

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