Bearfence Mountain Trail

Shenandoah National Park, Virginia 22835

Distance0.5mi
Elevation Gain461ft
Trailhead Elevation3,294ft
Top3,592ft
Elevation Min/Max3294/3592ft
Elevation Start/End3294/3294ft

Bearfence Mountain Trail

Bearfence Mountain Trail is a hiking trail in Page County and Greene County, Virginia. It is within Shenandoah National Park. It is 0.5 miles long and begins at 3,294 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 1.1 miles with a total elevation gain of 461 feet. The Bearfence Mountain parking is near the trailhead. Bearfence Mountain (elevation 3,553 feet) can be seen along the trail. There are also viewpoints along the trail. This trail connects with the following: Appalachian Trail.

Bearfence Mountain Trail Professional Reviews and Guides

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

"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."

"The Bearfence Trail loop offers a challenging and engaging hike with a rock scramble to 360-degree views on its ridge. On a clear day, you can see the Shenandoah peaks from north to south and east to west, in addition to the Shenandoah Valley to the west and the Piedmont Plateau to the east."

Bearfence Mountain Trail Reviews

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3/23/2001
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

Shenandoah National Park
Nearby City
Shenandoah National Park
Parks
Shenandoah National Park (charges a fee)
Local Contacts
Available at the park entrance station
Local Maps

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Sep 2018