Bearfence Mountain Trail

#4 of 140 trails in Shenandoah National Park

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Bearfence Mountain Trail is a 4 mile out and back trail located near Shenandoah, Virginia that offers the chance to see wildlife and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking & walking and is accessible from April until October.

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Em Campbell (233)

5 Completed3 Reviews

Great quick hike up the rocks with friends. Not suitable for young kids.

Katy Sherman (394)

36 Completed7 Reviews

Michelle DeStefano (1240)

25 Completed7 Reviews

This is rated easier than it is, unless you follow the at to the 180 view. If you want to full 360, it's a scramble to the top. It's close to edges, and a wrong move could be a potential for extreme danger. Quick and easy we did the scramble up and walked the at back to the parking lot. Looking forward to this one again since it's so quick and easy!

Laura Kraft (457)

7 Completed6 Reviews

This tough rock scramble was our first hike of a week long camping trip. We took our lab mix with us and she did great. We have a harness for lifting her when she can't scramble so BE PREPARED if your four legged friend is coming. Once you get toward the peak of the trail, it is all rock scramble and more challenging than moderate.
Be careful to stow loose items rather than storing in side pockets of backpacks (we dropped a camelback wb while passing one particularly difficult section.
All that aside, the hike is a good first test for difficult trails considering the short distance. It hooks up to the A.T. for a much easier downhill decent. I highly recommend climbing in keens! There are other brands that provide similar features but for this hike especially, have good gear!
The views were SPECTACULAR. The 360 & 180 degree viewpoints are totally worth giving this hike a go.

Neill Beurskens (510)

16 Completed14 Reviews

Love this hike / scramble. Not sure why this is rated moderate though - you need to have some skill and fitness to make the rock climb and at parts you could easily fall to death or injury if a wrong move is made. That said, its a lot of fun for even the most novice climber / expert hiker.

David Baker (327)

12 Completed7 Reviews

A nice workout with great views waiting!

Jerry Wilson (63)

5 Completed2 Reviews

This is a really fun hike

Savannah Henderson (91)

6 Completed1 Reviews

For folks looking for a your typical walking trail, this is not for you. However, if you're like my brother and I and you enjoy rock scrambles and jumping from boulder to boulder, definitely give this a try!

We packed breakfast and got there early morning as the sun was rising. We reached the summit right around the time that the sun was coming up and were the only ones on the entire trail. The view from the top was absolutely fantastic.

It was almost a full 360 degree view and it took us a good bit of time to absorb all of it. There was a bit of fog resting in the valley but didn't damper the view one bit. I would not do this hike if the weather was all foggy, though. The best part is definitely the views at the top and to lose those would be disappointing. Definitely a trek that I will do again.

Jennifer Gorman (427)

17 Completed9 Reviews

I luuuurve Bearfence! Seriously. It's short, sweet, and full of fun. Can be crowded due to the length and ease of access in the the fun! The "trail" is really a bunch of blazes on rocks to maneuver among. This rock scrambling is what makes it so fun. Note: when it is wet either don't do it, or be reeeaaaaallly careful. There are some spots that have drop offs and the rocks get slippery when wet. The view from the rocks is beautiful, get there early for a sunrise hike. The summit boasts a lovely 360 degree view. If you are thinking of hiking Old Rag Mountain I highly suggest trying bearfence on for size. It's like a "baby" Old Rag.

Kyle Lilly (332)

7 Completed2 Reviews

Great little hike. Rock scrambles were alot of fun. Great views at the top.