Bear Church Rock via Staunton River

Luray, Virginia 22835

Bear Church Rock via Staunton River

Bear Church Rock via Staunton River Professional Guide

Detailed Trail Description from our Guidebook

"Bear Church Rock is one of the all-time top names in Appalachia. The origin is lost to time, but from the granite outcrop it doesn’t take much imagination to visualize a pulpit overlooking the Staunton River Valley. The pulpit lies below the main granite crag where your views open. Conjuring up a bear preaching a sermon may prove more difficult, but some claim the panorama to be a near-religious experience.

Your hike to the crag is rewarding too. The Staunton River tumbles in pools and cascades impressive for the limited stream volume. Be apprised that the nearly 2,000-foot elevation change is challenging."

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Trail Information

Nearby City
Trail Type
Skill Level
4.5-5.5 hours
Additional Use
Views, Waterfalls, Wildflowers
Shenandoah National Park (540) 999-3500.
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