Shenandoah River State Park: Bear Bottom Loop: A Moderate 7 Miles

  • March 30, 2013 · 10:30 AM
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Shenandoah River State Park!

Bear Bottom Loop: A Moderate 7 Miles

Join us today while we take a hike on a brand new trail in Shenandoah River Start Park!

Shenandoah River State Park, one of Virginia's newest State Parks. The land for this park was purchased with funds from the 1992 General Obligation Bond. Located just down river from Bentonville, the park boasts five miles of river frontage and 1,504 acres of rolling pastures, quiet forest, and beautiful vistas.

Wildlife you are likely to see during your visit may include raccoon, black bear, wild turkey, white tailed deer, bobcat, fox, beaver, opossums, and skunks just to name a few. In addition there are many types of insects, birds of prey, snakes, fish, trees and wildflowers. 

Hike Pace

This hike will be led at an average hiking pace of about 2.5 mph.

Trail Information

Nearby City: Front Royal, VA

Length: 7 total miles

Trail Type: Loop

Skill Level: Moderate

Duration: 3 - 4 hours

Season:  Year-round best the fall and winter when views are not obstructed

Elevation Gain:  700 Feet

Facilities:  There are no restrooms at the trailhead.  There are restrooms at the Visitor Center about 1/2 mile from the trailhead.  Please plan your time accordingly to make sure you are back at the trailhead on time. 

Our RSVP Policies and Group Etiquette

Click here to review our policies 

Weather Information

We hike rain, snow or shine! Click here for up to the minute weather information for the trailhead.

Carpool Information

There are 2 carpools for this hike!

Baltimore Area Carpool

To carpool or caravan, people can arrange to meet at Savage Station. You should post that on the Comments section. Click here for directions to Savage Station.

DC Area Carpool

People can also arrange to meet at the Centreville Park & Ride lot. You should post that on the Comments section. Click here for directions to Centreville Park & Ride.

If you can drive or want to carpool from additional locations, please post that location in the comment section below. For those who need a ride, reach out to the drivers. Make friends, and support the environment - by just offering a ride!

Directions to the Trailhead

Click Here for Directions to where we meet for this hike.

Hike is at 10:30 a.m.

Savage Station Carpool meetup time is 8:15 a.m. 

Centreville Park & Ride meetup time is 9:15am

Park Fees

$3.00 per car Weekdays $4.00 per car Weekends and Holidays

Please remember we are a social hiking group that values fellowship and camaraderie and practice good hike etiquette. We take breaks as necessary and have at least one guide in the front in addition to a "sweeper" in the back which means that no hiker is left behind. If you get upset because someone has to rest at the top of a hill etc. then please find another group! We are very supportive, encouraging, and focus on safety while getting or staying fit on the trail and practicing leaving no trace.

Please note that our holiday weekend hikes are not refundable due to too many people backing out of the at the last minute before the refund cut-off and keeping others from being able to go. Sorry, but this is the only way to help make sure that there is a good turnout and our leaders not offer to lead a hike on their holiday weekend and day in vain...or they might be burned enough that they will no longer offer to lead them. Since we have made holiday hikes non-refundable it has boosted attendance rate significantly and often have perfect attendance, yay! Please note that our refund policy is always listed just beneath the price, and you are required to check a box that you agree to it before you can pay, so I put it in three places to avoid any issues. Thanks so much for your understanding and have a great time.

Fido is Welcome on this Hike

Let's have good times and see you on the trail! Don't forget to take my number just in case!

Mike: [masked]

Devon: [masked]

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  • Hiromi

    It was a great hike. Thank you, Mike and Devon!!

    2 · March 31, 2013

  • Susan

    Beautiful day, great hike, and good company. Thanks Mike.

    2 · March 31, 2013

  • T.J. Burnside Clapp

    Beautiful weather, and wonderful company! Thanks everyone for a great hike.

    2 · March 31, 2013

  • Christine Zapp

    Fantastic! Mike did another incredible job with leading the group. Thank you Mike!

    1 · March 30, 2013

  • Dee

    Lots of fun! This was my first hike with the group and I will definitely come again!

    3 · March 30, 2013

  • Christine Zapp

    Nicole, if its not too late, James can pick you up on the way before picking me up. He drives a pick up truck but the 3 of us should be fine. HE is on the road now and so l will send u his cell number if your interested. I will send it to Lindsay too.

    March 30, 2013

    • Nicole

      Hi Christine, thanks so much, but I got this message too late. I figured since I couldn't make it today I'd sleep in. Maybe next time I'll have a little more faith! I hope you had fun. Don't tell me about it, LOL! ;)

      March 30, 2013

  • Christine Zapp

    Lindsay, attemtpted to look on site and send u email informing you that James would be happy to pick Nicole up on his way before getting me but guess cause ur not attending now, your name was off the list. Was hoping this would work for you. Hope your feeling better. See u on the next hike.

    March 30, 2013

  • Nicole

    Is there anyone else who can swing by Fairfax near GMU to give me a lift to the hike? Lindsay is a saint, and is offering to cart me around even though we've never met, and tomorrow she can't hike herself! I have no intention of putting her out, I'd rather hike another time if no-one else can!

    March 29, 2013

    • Kellie Carlisle

      Lindsay, are you using this as your first training hike? This is if you are still interested in joining our leadership team. I tried to reach you through other channels and apologize for having to reach out to you here. If I am not mistaken you even took our recent hike leader certification class through the PATC? Please let me know how it goes either way and thanks so much Lindsay! If you are going to respond, pretty please do so offline (only putting this out here due to not being able to reach you any other way so sorry) at [masked] or text/call me at [masked]. Mike has trained/certified more leaders than most anyone around over the past few years and is who would be the one showing you the ropes while out on this hike, yay! Please know, of course, you are more than welcome to hike as a regular hiker but also didn't want you to be thinking it was a training hike and us not be prepared.

      March 29, 2013

    • Lindsay Orlin

      Hi Kellie: I had to pull out of the hike tomorrow - small foot injury but it's on the mend - so, not using this as a training hike. Will send an email off line, and yes, I am still interested in joining.

      March 29, 2013

  • Rhonda Mower

    Unfortunately, I am unable to make this event. Please forgive my late change of status. Have fun!!

    March 29, 2013

    • Kellie Carlisle

      Rhonda, thanks for letting us know so we will not wait a few for you. I appreciate you taking the time out of your busy schedule to keep your RSVP up to date. You are a poster child for how I should work-grin. Hope all is well and that it is something fun you will be doing. See you next time.

      1 · March 29, 2013

  • Zakya

    Sorry to drop this hike.

    March 29, 2013

  • Paul

    I am comping from VA so will meet at the trail head

    March 29, 2013

  • Diep Trinh

    HI, I need a ride from Centreville park and ride to Shenandoak state park on Sat 3/30. Please let me know if anyone will take riders at parking lot meet.
    Thanks

    March 28, 2013

    • Jisel

      Sure no problem. I will be there at 830.

      March 29, 2013

    • Jisel

      Bad news, I will not be able to make the hike tomorrow as I just got called into work.

      March 29, 2013

  • Lindsay Orlin

    Nicole...I'll be driving from Centreville and could meet you at the Park n ride on route 29 if that's any help. let me know.

    March 14, 2013

    • Christine Zapp

      What a sweet woman you are Lindsay, l truly pray you have a speedy recovery and meet u on a trail one day!

      March 28, 2013

    • Nicole

      Hi Lindsay, I feel HORRIBLE that you would have to drive out and cart me around when you're not hiking, especially if it's your right foot. Is there anyone else who might be able to swing through my neck of the woods? I'm in Fairfax near GMU....

      March 29, 2013

  • Zakya

    Can anyone give me a ride from DC, NW? I can meet any where along the red line. Thx

    March 29, 2013

  • Holli Redekop

    I will meet at the trailhead

    March 29, 2013

  • Nicole Bernstein

    Can anyone give me a ride from sw DC? If so I will RSVP asap! I live by nats stadium but can meet anywhere by a metro.

    March 28, 2013

  • Andrea

    I could drive 3 people from NW DC-- So I'll count Rachel and Hiromi. One more let me know.

    March 14, 2013

    • Timothy

      Hi Rachel, I replied to your emai...thanks.

      March 26, 2013

    • Zakya

      Andrea, I am in DC NW, do you have room?

      March 28, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Hi all, I live just south of Baltimore. I have a small pick-up with room for one. Let me know if you would like to ride with me or if I can join a group leaving from this area. I'll gladly pitch in for gas!

    March 23, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      Update: I just read about folks from Baltimore should meet at Savage station. Is anyone meeting there to car pool? Of not, I can meet in Arlington, VA. I would like to join a car pool if there's room. I'll provide gas money. Thanks!

      March 26, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    hi, i just signed up for this hike, and wondering if anyone else is car pooling from the DC area? i am in the NW area in DC .. can pay for gas etc

    March 23, 2013

    • Aleksi

      I can give you a lift if you pitch in for gas. Up to you.

      March 23, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      hi, thanks so much for the offer. i got a ride with Rachel, who also lives in the NW area so it will be easier to meet up, thanks again and c u on the hike

      March 26, 2013

  • Jim Casserly

    I am driving from N.E. Baltimore if anyone needs a ride.

    March 25, 2013

    • Christine Zapp

      Could l meet up with u and carpool there. Perfect meetup spot would be 495 Tysons Mall 1, LLBean parking lot. If that works for you , let me know what time??

      March 26, 2013

    • Christine Zapp

      Its about 1.5 hours from Tysons here so if we leave by 845am, we should be fine James.

      March 26, 2013

  • Beverly B

    Doctors appointment

    March 26, 2013

  • Timothy

    Hi, is anyone driving from NW DC?

    March 26, 2013

  • Alliyah

    is there any way to get on a wait list for this hike?

    March 26, 2013

  • Chrissy

    How do I make it onto the wait list??

    March 25, 2013

  • Christine Zapp

    Hey anyone know of some hikes for this week during M- F. Spring break and alot of us off with it. Just saying, would be nice.

    March 25, 2013

    • Nicole

      Well, there's a layer of snow and a full moon on this week. That would make for an awesome night hike. I for one do NOT have my spring break- I'm at Mason and we already had ours. Lame, I know. ;)

      1 · March 25, 2013

  • Christine Zapp

    Ok. np. Anyone out there looking to carpool , will be a passenger or drive if need be.

    March 20, 2013

  • Pam Bailey

    Actually, I won't be part of the carpool from Centreville. Instead, two of us will be driving from Alexandria. If anyone else wants to join, we could probably take two more!

    March 14, 2013

    • Pam Bailey

      Christine, I'm so sorry. My friend has decided she can't take anyone else in her car, due to her dog. I look forward to meeting you though!

      March 20, 2013

    • Christine Zapp

      Sure am fine with it as long as your all ok with it??

      March 20, 2013

  • Aleksi

    I am traveling from Pentagon/Ballston area. I have room for 1 in my vehicle if someone needs a ride, provided they pitch in for gasoline.

    March 20, 2013

  • Lindsay Orlin

    Nicole, I know where that is...I can pick you up - it's not too far out of my way.

    March 14, 2013

    • Nicole

      Lindsay, THANKS! :) I just emailed you.

      March 14, 2013

    • Lindsay Orlin

      yes, got it and replied. I have a friend who lives on the same street as you!! what a coincidence.

      March 15, 2013

  • Nicole

    This sounds great!

    March 14, 2013

  • Hiromi

    I would appreciate it if someone could provide me a ride. I live in DC (Foggy Bottom).

    March 14, 2013

    • Andrea

      I'm driving from DC- see my note above. I'll message you guys about meeting up.

      March 14, 2013

  • rachel

    i'm looking for a ride from NW DC, please. happy to share gas costs. thanks!

    March 14, 2013

    • Andrea

      I'm driving from DC- see my note above. I'll message you guys about meeting up.

      March 14, 2013

  • Nicole

    Howdy, I'd love to join you if I can carpool with anyone leaving from Fairfax or thereabouts. Anyone? :)

    March 13, 2013

    • Christine Zapp

      I am in Fairfax, Tyson Mall area.

      March 14, 2013

    • Nicole

      Hi Christine, Arg, I'm still too far to bus there on time on a Saturday morning. I'm near George Mason. I live near the intersection of Main St. & Lee Hwy.

      March 14, 2013

  • Nicole

    Hi Lindsay, That is super sweet of you but the thing is, I don't have a car, and public transportation on the weekends here is horrible. I probably can't do it if there isn't someone a bit closer to me. Hopefully when I have a little more money later this year I can just rent a car to join up! :)

    March 14, 2013

  • Pam Bailey

    I will join the Centreville carpool!

    March 14, 2013

  • Beverly B

    This is my first hike with this group.

    March 13, 2013

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