Bearfence Mountain Trail

#3 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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Michael McDougal (132)

7 Completed7 Reviews

It was easier than we expected, and the views at the top are fantastic. You're completely surrounded by wilderness, and we were the only ones up there for the entire hour we spent at the top. The rock scramble isn't actually that difficult, and there were only a few sections where I needed to use my hands.

Michelle Zajac (1601)

26 Completed19 Reviews

Megan Berg (315)

6 Completed6 Reviews

Nice hike and a bit of scrambling.

Em Campbell (233)

5 Completed3 Reviews

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

Katy Sherman (462)

39 Completed7 Reviews

Michelle Zajac (1601)

26 Completed19 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