Bearfence Mountain

Newtown, Virginia 23126

Bearfence Mountain

Bearfence Mountain Professional Review and Guide

"This short hike features a 360-degree view and a real rock scramble toward the summit.

Bearfence Mountain (3,620 feet) is one of several summits in the park that command a complete panoramic view. Once you have reached the top, you are able to see 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 need some dexterity to maneuver through jumbled rocks. In some cases, you may find yourself scooting along on your bottom."

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Lewis Mountain River Falls The park ranger at Thoroughfare Gap said her sister really enjoyed this particular waterfall because of its 81-foot height and relative seclusion. The Big Meadows area where I parked was still cloaked in snow, even though most of the mountains on Skyline Drive were relatively snow free. I “skied” out to the top of the falls, watching the relatively small stream drop out into nothingness. The view from the top of the falls of the valley below is quite nice. Most persons stop here and don’t quite make it to the base of the falls, which is the whole point of seeing any waterfall. One has a sense of power and majesty in a waterfall if one looks at it from the base up. So I followed the rustic trail (in other words, not as well maintained as the main trail) down to the base. The slippery-at-times trail effort was well rewarded with what I thought to be the most beautiful of the three waterfalls I was to encounter today. It’s 81 feet were mostly vertical, a straight drop with a few small ledges here and there to create an interesting cascade. Now I understood why the ranger''s sister loved that waterfall. I encourage all to come and see it for yourself, especially when the spring melt is underway.

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Trail Information

Nearby City
150 feet
Elevation Gain
Trail Type
Skill Level
1 to 2 hours
Spring to Fall
3,425 feet
Trailhead Elevation
3,620 feet
Top Elevation
Shenandoah National Park
Local Contacts
National Geographic Trails Illustrated Topographic Map 228; Map 10, Appalachian Trail and Other Trails in Shenandoah National Park, Central District
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Jul 2018