Bearfence Mountain, Shenandoah National Park

#3 of 9 in Nature in Shenandoah National Park
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  • My husband and I had a blast doing the bear fence mountain rock scramble! We hike all the time, and a good rock scramble is a favorite of ours and the view at the top is truly 360° and amazing! I do....  more »
  • It's easier than I expected. But some parts you need to use both hands and feet to keep safe. Going down is definitely hard than going up. It's short, so it's worth it.  more »
  • The 1.4-mile (2.3k) roundtrip Bearfence Rock Scramble Hike, with its trailhead near mile 57 of Skyline Drive, is always a favorite of our kids, now in the early 20’s. While the elevation gain is...  more »
  • The trail without the rock scramble is listed as easy, and while it isn't difficult it is completely uphill on rocks. All of the trail is through the trees and very shaded. The view comes at the top of the climb, but the view isn't anything too spectacular. We personally felt the views from the road were better and that our time could have been spent on a more enjoyable hike. Not disappointed to have done it, but definitely will not do it again.
  • What a great trail. Love the rock scramble. There are places that I could easily see someone sliding off and seriously getting hurt. So hang on to your children and use spotters on the difficult parts. The view was tremendous and well worth the hike.
  • Great hike!! Beautiful scenery, and slightly difficult. If you're ready for a rock scramble, involving slight climbing (if you're shorter) and a bit of a rough walk on rocks, you'll love this hike.
  • Great view. Fun hike with some rock scrambles. Not good for small children or people with mobility problems.
  • Kids loved the rock scramble. I thought it was a little scary at times. The views from the rock scramble were amazing!

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