Shenandoah River State Park!
Bear Bottom Loop Trails: A Moderate 8 Mile Hike
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: 8 total miles
Trail Type: Loop
Skill Level: Moderate
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.
Concessions: Drinks and snacks are available at the visitor center.
Visitor Center and Gift Shop: The visitor center features local wildlife and has touch-screens for learning about the region's history and bird species. There is also an aquarium that has fish from the Shenandoah River. The center has a gift shop that sells concessions (see above), novelty items, shirts, jackets, etc. This parks hours are 8:00 a.m. through dusk.. Note: This park is, like many parks now, a Trash Free Facility-refuse must be removed by park visitor. Pack it in and carry it out. A central refuse collection area is at the Cullers Overlook.
Our RSVP Policies and Group Etiquette
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We hike rain 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 9:00 a.m.
Savage Station Carpool time is 6:45 a.m.
Centreville Park & Ride time is 7:15 a.m.
$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.
Fido is Welcome on this Hike
Let's have good times and see you on the trail!