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Bearfence Mountain

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Address: Shenandoah National Park, VA
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Popular scenic area.

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Highlight of our trip

Took my GF on her first rock scramble and she loved it (until there was a copperhead in one of the rocks!) The scramble was a lot of fun, rocks that are marked with blue paint you... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 2 weeks ago
lpmaksim89
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Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
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Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
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17 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Took my GF on her first rock scramble and she loved it (until there was a copperhead in one of the rocks!) The scramble was a lot of fun, rocks that are marked with blue paint you follow to the top, once at the top you have an amazing 360 view of the park.

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St. Petersburg, Florida
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 24, 2015

Great short trail! If you only have an hour for a hike, this is perfect for the in shape adventure seeker. Not a hard time, but mostly made up of rock scrambles and great views. A lot of bang for your buck so to speak.

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Washington DC
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 3, 2015 via mobile

If you like amazing 360 views, rock scrambles, a short steep trail; this is the hike for you! We may do this fun hike every time we go to the SNP from now on! Make sure your shoes grip well and the rocks will be a breeze! Up and down within an hour, too!

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Thank PegDC
East Earl, Pennsylvania
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 100 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 31, 2015

Another good place to stop and enjoy the scenery while driving the Skyline Drive is the Bearfence Mountain.

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Thank Bluebirdsinging
Oakland, California
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4 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 23, 2015

We went by here twice. Both times as we approached the area, we saw cars parked on the side of the road. Guess what? Bears each time.

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Thank OwlMother2015
Pennsylvania
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18 reviews
9 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 20, 2015

Fun! This was a fun, not too challenging hike. Thinking about taking the grandkids. A couple of spots were a bit scary. Lots of rocks to climb on and beautiful scenery.

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Maple Shade, New Jersey
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 167 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 14, 2015

So, we went to do this hike based on the recommendations here and were slightly underwhelmed. We did not do the rock scramble because it was raining and we were nervous about slipping, but took the other route to the top. The view was not great, but, like I said it was overcast. We were pretty disappointed. Perhaps if we... More 

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Branchburg, New Jersey
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2015

I hiked with with my 7 and 8 year old kids, and my 13 year old daughter. Everyone did great - as long as dad (me) was there to help. The little ones just don't have long enough arms and legs to complete some of the moves. So a well placed hand and grip did the trick - or lift... More 

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Hopkinton, MA
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 43 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2015

This is a short hike, but it has great views at the summit and a really fun rock scramble with interesting rock formations. It's popular, but we did it late in the afternoon, and there were only a couple of other people on the hike. Worth the stop if you are on Skyline Drive.

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Syracuse, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2015

This was a wonderful and fun hike for the family. It had some mild canyoneering like moves required to complete the hike at the top. The views were super. The kids loved the added rock bald canyoneering difficulty. It is worth every step. Hiking poles will get it your way at the top. Consider a decent hiking shoe or boot... More 

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