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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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Fun and challenging rock scramble hike!

The Bearfence Mountain rock scramble trail is only 1-mile long but it is challenging, once you reach the top the views are beautiful and worth the climb! Plus it's really fun... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 3 weeks ago
Bunichka
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New York City, New York
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The overlook was beautiful as the day was clear. This was just one of many places we parked the car and just walked.

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New York City, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The Bearfence Mountain rock scramble trail is only 1-mile long but it is challenging, once you reach the top the views are beautiful and worth the climb! Plus it's really fun! You can choose to go back thru the rock scramble in the same way that you came but I don't recommend it because there is traffic of people in... More 

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Thank Bunichka
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

A little challenging, you do have to climb up rocks, but the trail is well marked with the blue paint swatches and the climbing nooks can be found relatively easily. The views are insane! It's a quick up and back, though the climbing takes time. Did this with my 13 year old, she was a pro!

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Thank Donna K
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

The hike was well worth it. Some scrambling over boulders and a little climbing. We completes the hike with a 12 and 14 year old. Roughly a 1.8 mile loop. Can't wait to go back in the fall!

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Thank Angela A
Cherry Hill, New Jersey
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2016 via mobile

We were not impressed by the view any the end. There are two ways up. One is a rock scramble and the other is a walkable path. When we got to the lookout I guess we were expecting more. We had been to Upper Hawksbill and Mary's Rock, both with better views.

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Thank Mike M
Southampton, Pennsylvania
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 15, 2016

some dirt trail parts, love the rock scramble parts and the 360 views. hit up at sunset! as dusk approaches you can still make your way out.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2016

We took a short detour through Shenandoah National Park on our way home to spend the night, enjoy the cooler temps, hike a fun trail and geocache. I picked this area because it was near the cabin that we were staying in and researched pictures online to see if we could manage the rock scramble portion of the trail -... More 

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Hudson, New Hampshire
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2016 via mobile

Decided to pull off the road to stretch our legs while driving skyline drive and glad we picked this cool little loop. Going up you hit some cool rock scrambles for about 1/2 the way and then it's an easy .5 back down to the lot. Nice little climb!

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Thank Lauralanglois
New Jersey
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2016

I've climbed/hiked this short scramble repeatedly over the last 30+ years. Don't pay any attention to those who say you can fall 2000 feet, since it's simply not possible. It's 311 ft in altitude above the parking area and the 1 mile round trip takes about an hour. There are great views from the summit and for people looking to... More 

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Thank srbitzer
Virginia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2016

Requires some climbing on rocks and I would recommend it if you have balance issues or a fear of heights, but it's worth it if you can manage it!

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