Pocosin Trail

Newtown, Virginia

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This is a short hike with a 360-degree view and a real rock scramble toward the summit. Bearfence Mountain (3,640 feet) is one of several summits in the park that command a complete panoramic view: Massanutten Mountain and the Shenandoah Valley to the west and Laurel Gap, Fork Mountain, and Bluff Mountain to the east. In the short hike from the parking lot to the summit, you pass through the sandstone of the Swift Run Formation, capped by Catoctin basalt. Hiking to the summit requires some degree of coordination. Though expertise in rock climbing is not necessary, you'll need some dexterity to maneuver through jumbled rocks. In some cases, you may find yourself scooting along on your bottom.
Best Easy Day Hikes: Shenandoah National Park

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Best Easy Day Hikes: Shenandoah National Park

by Bert and Jane Gildart (Falcon Guides)

This is a short hike with a 360-degree view and a real rock scramble toward the summit. Bearfence Mountain (3,640 feet) is one of several summits in the park that command a complete panoramic view: Massanutten Mountain and the Shenandoah Valley to the west and Laurel Gap, Fork Mountain, and Bluff Mountain to the east. In the short hike from the parking lot to the summit, you pass through the sandstone of the Swift Run Formation, capped by Catoctin basalt.

Hiking to the summit requires some degree of coordination. Though expertise in rock climbing is not necessary, you'll need some dexterity to maneuver through jumbled rocks. In some cases, you may find yourself scooting along on your bottom.

©  Bert and Jane Gildart/Falcon Guides. All Rights Reserved.

Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Newtown
Distance: 1.2
Trail Type: Loop/Lollipop
Skill Level: Moderate
Duration: 1 to 2 hours
Local Contacts: Shenandoah National Park
Local Maps: National Geographic Trails Illustrated Topo Map 228; Map 10, Appalachian Trail and other trails in Shenandoah National Park, Central District (PATC, Inc.)
Driving Directions: Directions to Pocosin Trail

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