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“The best trail in the park!”
Review of Bearfence Mountain

Bearfence Mountain
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Owner description: Popular scenic area.
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34 reviews
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“The best trail in the park!”
Reviewed 8 January 2009

Bearfence Mountain is personally my favorite trail in the park. It is not very long (just a few well-marked miles of trail) but extremely fun!!! It has the best view in the park and is challenging. I have been hiking on this trail for nearly 8 years and have never grown tired of it.

This trail is not for children. It should only be attempted in good weather conditions. Long pants and non-slip shoes are recommended.

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Cincinnati, Ohio
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“Beautiful, but scary climb”
Reviewed 29 June 2007

I hiked (climbed) the Bearfence Mountain scramble with a ranger-
led tour. It had rained the previous day and the rocks were
rather slippery. When we got to the top the view was spectacular.
However, we had 5 feet on each side of a 2000 foot drop.
Considering that the rocks were slick the morning of the hike.
I think it was a bad idea, and someone could have fallen off the
cliff quite easily. The ranger used bad judgement in continuing
with the hike considering the conditions. Two people
fell on slippery rocks on the way down, and suffered minor
injuries. When we were at the top of the mountain, the
ranger spoke to us about frequent rattle snake spottings.
I thought, "Oh great! We're up here on very slick rocks that would
be difficult to escape any sudden danger." I would recommend
this climb on a sunny-day, when the rocks are not damp.
I also would recommend wearing long pants and sturdy boots.
This is not a good hike for children. Even though I am sure
they would enjoy the climb. It would be difficult to monitor
children safely.

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Clarksville, Maryland
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Reviewed 23 June 2007

I did not hike up here for a sunrise, but I found this to be one of the best views in the park along with Hawksbill, Stony Man, and Old Rag. It is one of the only places with a 360 degree view. The trail does not go to the summit like guidebooks say. Even the sign says the trail has 360 degree views on the summit. But, it reality there is no trail to the summit, all the trails pass below the summit, if you look at the sign. The 360 degree views is on what is called a "false summit". There are two viewpoints. The 360 degree views are on what is called the "rock scamble". The best way to the hike is to hike the Appalachian Trail, then loop back. This way you only have to do the rock scamble once. Take the trail across the road from the parking area. Take it to the junction of the Bearfence Mt Trail and the Appalachian Trail. You come back the trail that goes straight (Bearfence Mt Trail). Bear right at the Appalachian Trail. It is a pretty easy walk here. Take the second left towards the "rock scramble". Don't take the first or you will miss the other viewpoint. Ascend from the AT and you will come to the first viewpoint. Don't worry, this isn't the main view. But, still pretty. Continue forward, go straight at the next trail juction with a connecter trail to the AT. This was the first left you passed on the AT. Continuing foward, you will come to the rock scramble. At some points, you have to crab-walk down rocks. Eventually, you reach a highpoint and you have a full 360 degree view. It was clear when I was there and you could see everything. Continuing on , a couple spots get hair-raising. It was a rush. Just be careful. After scrambling over rocks awhile, the rocks give way to trail and you end up at the intersection with the AT. Go straight and you are back to the parking area. I highly reccomend this hike if you can handle the rock scramble. I was a little scared because some parts are really exposed and it is a sheer drop. Even so, I still enjoyed it a lot.

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“Inspiring Views”
Reviewed 2 August 2002

I woke up at 4:30 this morning for one of the best sunrises in a long time. A short 10-15 minute hike off the Blue Ridge Parkway and Skyline Drive leads one to Bearfence Mountain. Maybe not the best overall view in all of Shenandoah National Park, but one of the best for sunrises. I can't wait to get my slides back!

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