Bearfence Mountain
Bearfence Mountain
4.5
About
Popular scenic area.
Suggest edits to improve what we show.
Improve this listing
Tours & experiences
Explore different ways to experience this place.

Top ways to experience Bearfence Mountain and nearby attractions

See what travelers are saying

  • wohdonkey
    Newark, Ohio2,237 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Rock Scramble
    We were visiting Shenandoah National Park and decided to try this trail. There was a parking lot across the road which made it easy to get to the trail. There is an easier trail on the path and a harder trail with a rock scramble. We chose to do the rock scramble. The path was easy to follow on the rocks as it was marked with blue paint. I am short and some spots were a struggle for me to get up to climb over the rocks but I got thru it. The view on the rock scramble was my favorite part. We really enjoyed this hike!
    Visited June 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written July 15, 2023
  • workingfamilytravels
    Jacksonville, Florida57 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Do the rock scramble!
    If you're up for it, do the Bearfence Rock Scramble! It's not a long hike, but the rock scramble was challenging for 4 guys in the winter. It may be easier without any snow, but there is a lot more climbing than we expected which made for a fun experience. Continue past to the viewpoint, and come back on the AT.
    Visited February 2024
    Traveled with friends
    Written April 9, 2024
  • Graceling Photography
    Maryland5 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Bearfence Hike
    Amazing view. But beware that there’s a lot of loose rocks and roots sticking up. Thus it is recommend sturdy shoes or hiking boots. After hiking a few miles, you’ll reach a T and a trail post. From here you have 2 choices. First, is straight up the mountain where you’ll find a hard, steep, narrow path up to a gorgeous view of the mountains. However, if you refer an easier route, take the trail to the right, still rocks and roots. Some parts are a little steep and some of the rocks are bigger. So sometimes it feels like a small scramble. If you choose that way, head right down a white- blazed trail. About 500 yards, you’ll reach an another trail post. Take the trail marked with a blue- blazed. Continued right, you’ll pass the trail post marking where you can find the route leading to the big rock scramble. Passing another trail post, turn right to find a rocky viewpoint.
    Visited June 2024
    Traveled with family
    Written June 27, 2024
These reviews are the subjective opinion of Tripadvisor members and not of TripAdvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.

Most Recent: Reviews ordered by most recent publish date in descending order.

Detailed Reviews: Reviews ordered by recency and descriptiveness of user-identified themes such as wait time, length of visit, general tips, and location information.

Popular mentions

4.5
4.5 of 5 bubbles218 reviews
Excellent
171
Very good
36
Average
8
Poor
2
Terrible
1

Jon M
Columbus, OH111 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2021 • Couples
This hike is ~1.25 miles roundtrip and gains ~300 feet of elevation. You’ll be climbing up and around all sorts of boulders as you make your way to the summit. The trail is well marked with blue blazes. This is my favorite hike in the national park and offers spectacular views/photo opportunities; however, I would not recommend it for those unsteady on their feet or for families with young children and/or pets.
Written April 10, 2022
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

Ckenn J
Portland, ME20 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2022 • Family
Easy trail with great beginner rock scramble. Nothing scary. Our kids 13,12 and 9 did it easily following the pack. My husband had no issue completing it with our 3 year old in the baby carrier (but I swear he is part billy goat). I am not in shape by any means and had no issues. I tend to be afraid of heights but compared to other hikes we have done this one did not bother me. I would not do this hike in wet weather.
Written August 10, 2022
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

Wendy N
Kissimmee, FL764 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2020 • Couples
This is not a long trail, the parking fills early as this trail is popular right off Skyline drive. You can choose either the rock scramble or the bypass. Pay attention to the trail markings, the scramble is well marked. Always watch where you place your hands as this is timber rattler habitat. You are rewarded with magnificent views at the top. Well worth taking the time to do this trail.
Written January 1, 2021
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

Jeremy C
6 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2023 • Couples
My wife and I loved the Bearfence rock scramble. We are not regular hikers since we hail from flat lands. However, we are rather active people, and it was a workout for us. Climbing up and down the rocks was a whole lot of fun, and the view were astounding. It took us a little over an hour to hike. We went up the rock scramble and came back on the Appalachian trail. It was a fun hike that was challenging but not overly difficult. This hike is not a vertical rock climb. There are no ropes or chains, but you do have to scramble up and down some rocks. If considering this hike, one should realize that you need to use your whole body, have good balance, and be okay with moderate heights. It is certainly doable and certainly worth doing! Bring water and good shoes too.
Written June 2, 2023
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

Shawn H
Washington DC, DC408 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2021
This was one of my favorite hikes - but be prepared for the rock scramble at the end. It will involve careful maneuvering up crevices and over large gaps, with steep drop offs on either side. You will need both feet and hands at times to get yourself up the rocks to the top, but its a fun exercise and worth the trip to the windswept peak, with 360 degree views. Its a strenuous, but short hike.

It was a popular hike when we were there, though many people said they were scared at times on the way up and down. Other whole families with young children went, though it required lifting the smaller kids up the crevices, as it wasn't possible to make it to the top with little legs.
Written November 27, 2021
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

SeniorTravelerTF
Fort Atkinson1,192 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2021
This is the hike if you want to put away the poles and use more of your body. The guides call is a "scramble", which turns out to mean that you have to go over and around boulders and escarpments to reach the end of the trail. Fair warning, it is such a popular hike that attracts crowds, but there are some that maybe should cross it off the list. I found that my balance was not what it once was and it took me a long time and a lot of effort to traverse the trail. All the while younger and more physically able (there I admitted it) climbers provided encouragement (I could see that it could be done) or discouragement (I can't do that). I will also admit that climbing up, with my challenged balance, caused a bit of anxiety on the higher portions of the scramble. All in all, I wouldn't try it again. There are so many hikes in the park, all with a view as scenic as the denouement of the Bearfence Trail, that the payoff wasn't there for me.
Written November 3, 2021
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

PandaHouston
Houston, TX6,128 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2021
If you are going to do this 1 mile (roundtrip) hike, get ready to do some rock scrambling. Forget your hiking poles and bring your gloves. We did this on Thursday, October 14. Got to the scrambling part of the trail and thought the views were just OK. Maybe if the fall foliage was popping, it would have been a better experience.

Even though the trail is 1 mile, it took us 1 hour and 15 minutes to complete. Some parts are actually difficult.

If you like rock scrambling, this is the trail for you but the views are mediocre. For views, I recommend Little Stony Man trail.
Written November 3, 2021
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

Graceling Photography
Maryland5 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2024 • Family
Amazing view. But beware that there’s a lot of loose rocks and roots sticking up. Thus it is recommend sturdy shoes or hiking boots. After hiking a few miles, you’ll reach a T and a trail post. From here you have 2 choices. First, is straight up the mountain where you’ll find a hard, steep, narrow path up to a gorgeous view of the mountains. However, if you refer an easier route, take the trail to the right, still rocks and roots. Some parts are a little steep and some of the rocks are bigger. So sometimes it feels like a small scramble. If you choose that way, head right down a white- blazed trail. About 500 yards, you’ll reach an another trail post. Take the trail marked with a blue- blazed. Continued right, you’ll pass the trail post marking where you can find the route leading to the big rock scramble. Passing another trail post, turn right to find a rocky viewpoint.
Written June 27, 2024
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

Jim B
110 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2021 • Family
Tried the rock scramble with two 9 yr olds to make the hike more interesting. Most of it was challenging but doable. There is one spot where the step up was 3 to 4 feet with an exposed drop off of over 100 feet. We chose to go back. Would be nice if they had a bypass trail for this who aren’t able to do some or all of the rock scramble without having to go back around via the Appalachian Trail.
Written April 2, 2021
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

wohdonkey
Newark, OH2,237 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2023 • Couples
We were visiting Shenandoah National Park and decided to try this trail. There was a parking lot across the road which made it easy to get to the trail. There is an easier trail on the path and a harder trail with a rock scramble. We chose to do the rock scramble. The path was easy to follow on the rocks as it was marked with blue paint. I am short and some spots were a struggle for me to get up to climb over the rocks but I got thru it. The view on the rock scramble was my favorite part. We really enjoyed this hike!
Written July 15, 2023
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

Showing results 1-10 of 211
Is this your Tripadvisor listing?
Own or manage this property? Claim your listing for free to respond to reviews, update your profile and much more.
Claim your listing

Bearfence Mountain - All You Need to Know BEFORE You Go (2024)

All things to do in Shenandoah National Park
RestaurantsFlightsTravel StoriesCruisesRental Cars