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Bearfence Mountain

Shenandoah National Park, VA
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Short but tough hike

One of the many trails in Shenandoah takes you to the top of Bearfence Mountain, which provides a... read more

Reviewed 2 days ago
Brendan S
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Arlington, Virginia
Requires Agility

This is a short, interesting hike with views. It requires some climbing over rocks - that's the... read more

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
ShortStack12
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Hope, New Jersey
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Popular scenic area.
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“degree view” (18 reviews)
“fun hike” (16 reviews)
“rock scramble” (76 reviews)
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"degree view"
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"fun hike"
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"rock scramble"
in 76 reviews
"short hike"
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"favorite hike"
in 10 reviews
"afraid of heights"
in 6 reviews
"height issues"
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"blue paint"
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"family favorite"
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"jagged rocks"
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"highlight of our trip"
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"drop offs"
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"lots of fun"
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"views are great"
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"great rock"
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"worth the climb"
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"short distance"
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Reviewed 2 days ago

One of the many trails in Shenandoah takes you to the top of Bearfence Mountain, which provides a stunning 360 degree view of the Valley and surrounding mountains. It's only a half mile to the top of the mountain, and the first half of the...More

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This is a short, interesting hike with views. It requires some climbing over rocks - that's the interesting part, as well as the well-earned views.

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Reviewed 6 December 2017

This moderate hike winds up the mountainside into a rocky outcrop. The trail through the boulders is marked with spots of paint. Although the scramble is not too difficult, you'll need to use both hands and feet to navigate through. The views from the rocks...More

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Reviewed 14 November 2017

This is a great little hike if you like rock scrambles like we do. Also it is a short hike with a quick and well worth it pay off. The summit allows a nice 360 view. We really enjoyed this.

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Reviewed 12 November 2017

I mistakenly advised my wife (who is afraid of heights) that the first branch in the path wasn't the right one for the easy hike. I can definitely attest that the warnings are accurate. The rock climbing path is NOT appropriate for people afraid of...More

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Reviewed 9 October 2017 via mobile

This was a quick hike for a spectacular view of the Shenandoah National Park. The hike is about 1.2 miles round trip with a bit of rock maneuvering. While the summit is only a 180 degree view, there is a wonderful 360 degree view before...More

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Reviewed 14 September 2017 via mobile

We hiked down to Dark Hollow Falls the other day and that was a pretty good hike with pretty waterfalls. This Bearfence rock scramble hike took it to whole new level! Good thing the trail is marked with blue paint or I would have never...More

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Reviewed 7 September 2017 via mobile

There's a fantastic view in the fall Also there is tons of places to stand to take pictures. There is nothing for kids but hiking at looking at the nature, I recommend this area to visit!

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Reviewed 23 August 2017

This trail goes up and over a huge stash of rocks and boulders at the top of a mountain! We had a lot of fun doing this trail! The trail can be a little challenging. I would recommend wearing boots - don't try this in...More

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Reviewed 17 August 2017

This is a short hike that entails a rock (more like boulder) scramble. What fun climbing over around and thru these boulders You are rewarded with an amazing 360^ view the return trail is easy stretch of Appalachian

Thank tjay s
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travelwithkids09
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I just hiked this mountains this weekend & my 10 year old twin girls are DYING to do it! I plan to take them to the first set of rock scramble before the scary rock scramble with the super tiny cliff & let them enjoy it that... More
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