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

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Great short hike and rock scramble

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... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed February 3, 2015
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108 reviews 108 reviews
20 attraction reviews
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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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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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34 reviews 34 reviews
7 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 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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Baltimore, Maryland
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24 reviews 24 reviews
12 attraction reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 2, 2014

Unless you feel like sporting around, take the Appalachian Trail instead of the dedicated (blue) route. Much easier and with the same outcome, save the hassle of the "rock sramble".

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Brooklyn, New York
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 13, 2014

The Bearfence Mountain hike is great short hike. If you are doing some smaller hikes in Shenandoah you should definitely include this one. It's a little over a mile round trip, but a good portion of it is rock scrambling. It's a fun hike, but not great for young kids or those who are afraid of heights. Some of the... More 

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Orlando, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 25, 2014

The hike was long but it was long forgotten when we saw the view. It was a very wonderful experience for the family. You will not be disappointed with the view.

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Indiana
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 24, 2014

A cool rock scramble leads to epic 360 views of the blue ridge mountains. Probably not advised when rocks are wet, but not too strenuous.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 10, 2014

This should not be a difficult one and doesn't take too much time. 2 hours should be okay even for beginners. It's just that not always you would find a way to climb the steps. There are rocks that need you to scramble especially when it comes to the top of this place. Would definitely suggest to check weather before... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 8, 2014

This hike was pretty much impressive. Not a tough trek for someone who is in particularly good shape, but I wouldn't do it on a rainy day. You have to climb a bit, but not extensively. The viewpoints present astonishing 360° and 180° views of the park.

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