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Bearfence Mountain

Shenandoah National Park, VA
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2 words: Rock Scramble

This was one of our favorite hikes during our visit. The Rock Scramble portion added an element of... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Chicago, Illinois
One of my favorite hikes in the park!

The rock scramble is a little challenge but very satisfying. Great hike. I'm local and it's one... read more

Reviewed 4 weeks ago
Lynn D
Madison, Virginia
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“rock scramble” (66 reviews)
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Shenandoah National Park, VA
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Reviewed 1 week ago

This was one of our favorite hikes during our visit. The Rock Scramble portion added an element of fun for my teenage son, and I was happy to be able to complete the climb with him. Not super challenging, but definitely more taxing than your...More

Thank AER22
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

The rock scramble is a little challenge but very satisfying. Great hike. I'm local and it's one of my favorites.

Thank Lynn D
Reviewed 5 weeks ago

This hike is a great warm up for Old Rag or a much shorter, easier version. We did it the day before as one of our warm up hikes. It is a fun rock scramble but you'll need to be comfortable with drop-offs.

Thank heatherminier
Reviewed 4 May 2017

We did the Bearfence scramble..pretty cool climbing sharp rocks (wouldn't want to climb down in the dark).The views were wonderful took lots of pictures. It was a little breezy at the top. The path again had steps an elevation but the rocks were a little...More

1  Thank Tgft2015
Reviewed 29 April 2017

This hike has great views and great variety. The climb takes in terracing, stairs, rock scrabble, forest, and mountain views. It's a good way to see many aspects of SNP!

Thank PfeiffersOnTheGo
Reviewed 19 April 2017

The hardest climb for me. But oh so worth it. I am very proud of myself for completely this hike many rocks to maneuver.

Thank aaplunk
Reviewed 18 April 2017 via mobile

The rock scramble was challenging and fun. Aside from the rocks, the hike was easy. There are a few points where there is a sharp drop-off, as you climb over jagged rocks. The view up top was nice, but nothing like Stony Man Mountain. This...More

Thank Bill M
Reviewed 8 April 2017

Rock scramble can be a little challenging for those with joint issues but the view is worth it. We had a wonderful time.

Thank amsxela
Reviewed 2 March 2017

I suggest that this is one of the most favorite hikes in the Central section of Shenandoah National Park....in a relatively short distance and in a relatively less strenuous way, Bearfence Mountain offers the rewards of looking both "Up and Down." As you look up...More

Thank Lance B
Reviewed 13 February 2017

Easy climb over the rocks or a nice walk on the wooded path. The path offers opportunities to view birds and forest wildlife.

Thank joycefluharty
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Is there any way to do part of this hike so that our one kid who is afraid of heights will be ok? Or will we encounter the scary part right away and have to turn back?
19 December 2014|
Response from love2travelw2gals | Reviewed this property |
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