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.
This hike will be led at an average hiking pace of about 2.5 mph.
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
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We hike rain, snow or shine! Click here for up to the minute weather information for the trailhead.
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
$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!