I recently spent a girls weekend in Orange County and we wanted to do a nearby trail. My friend suggested the Bearfence Mountain trail loop on Skyline Drive. Located in between the Swift Run Gap entrance and the Thornton Gap entrance, Bearfence Mountain Trail Loop is a one mile loop that partially overlaps the Appalachian Trail.
The trail is quick but fun with several rock scrambles. It is not dog friendly so leave your furbabies behind for this one. The views atop the main rock scramble are absolutely spectacular! Due to the rock scrambles, you will definitely want to wear appropriate footwear with good grip.
The trail is understandably pretty popular, so be prepared for some traffic jams when approaching some of the rock scrambles. In some spots, there is only room for people to climb down or up in single file so you may need to wait your turn. Luckily, the rocks at the peak of the trail have more space so once you are up there’s more room to hang out and enjoy the 360 degree views before your descent!
What are some of your favorite trails!? I will be sharing some more of my favorite hikes around DC and Virginia in the coming weeks!