Shenandoah River State Park: Bear Bottom Loop! A Moderate 7-8 Miles

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Price: $5.00 /per person

Overnight Road

Overnight Road · South River, VA

How to find us

Use the link provided under the paragraph heading “Directions to the Trailhead” located near the bottom of the event posting. It provides important information such as directions to the event, where we Meetup after you arrive, and other helpful info.

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Shenandoah River State Park -- Featuring Bear Bottom Loop! A Moderate 7-8 Miles

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

Shenandoah River State Park is one of Virginia's newest State Parks. The land for this park was purchased with funds from the 1992 General Obligation Bond. Located just downriver 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. Also, there are many types of insects, birds of prey, snakes, fish, trees and wildflowers.

Trail Information

Nearby City: Front Royal, VA
Length: 7-8 total miles
Trail Type: Loop
Skill Level: Moderate
Season: Year-round, but best during late fall and winter when views are not obstructed.
Elevation Gain: 700 Feet
Facilities: No restrooms at the trailhead.Restrooms are 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.

Park Entry Fee
$3.00 per car Weekdays
$10.00 per car Weekends and Holidays

Gear Suggestions
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Weather Information
We hike rain, snow, or shine. Click Here ( to view the forecast for the area where we will be hiking.

Hike Pace
The goal for this hike is to maintain an average moving pace of ~ 2.5 mph. This speed is frequently used in popular hiking publications to represent the pace of an average hiker. We welcome you to please sign up for another hike if you know that this is not a comfortable pace for you. We strive to offer a variety of hikes and pace options so we can always have something for everyone no matter their interest and ability.

Our RSVP and Group Etiquette
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Carpool Suggestions and Information

Note that you are responsible for knowing how to get from carpool locations to the venue. Mid-Atlantic Hiking Group is not responsible for transportation to and from events or carpools. Suggested carpool times and locations are provided as a courtesy because many members are either new to the area or unfamiliar with a particular hike or venues location. Please use the Comments section below, or reach out via e-mail to make arrangements for carpooling needs and offerings.

Baltimore Area Carpool Suggestion - Savage Station
To carpool or caravan from the Baltimore area, people can arrange to meet at Savage Station. Click Here ( for directions and additional information regarding carpooling from the suggested Savage Station location.

DC Area Carpool Suggestion - Centreville
To carpool or caravan from the metro DC area, people can arrange to meet at the Centreville Park and Ride. Click Here ( for directions and additional information regarding carpooling from the suggested Centreville Park and Ride location.

If you can drive or want to carpool from any particular location, please post your offer to help those in need of a ride, and those looking for a ride, in the comment section below. Click Here ( for a list of suggested carpool locations, each complete with a physical address, GPS coordinates, driving directions and additional carpool information. 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.

Meet & Greet and Sign-In — 8:45-8:55 a.m.

The Hike is at 9:00 a.m.

Carpool Time from Savage Station — 6:45 a.m.

Carpool Time from Centreville Park and Ride — 6:45 a.m.

Please remember we are a volunteer supported organization that values fellowship and camaraderie while practicing good hike etiquette ( Leave No Trace ( principles. Our hikes are led by generous, dedicated, and qualified MAHG members who volunteer (!/) as leaders for Mid-Atlantic Hiking Groups volunteer leadership team. Hikes also have a volunteer “sweeper” to help ensure that no hiker is left behind. MAHG volunteers and members are very supportive, encouraging, with a focus on safety while enjoying the excellent camaraderie and benefiting from the many health benefits of hiking and unplugging from the stress of day-to-day life. Sharing what we know and learning from each other is an important part of MAHGs core values, as is our dedication to the conservation of our natural resources and our commitment to the organization's mission ( Mid-Atlantic Hiking Group is a volunteer supported tax-exempt 501(c)(3) nonprofit charitable organization, ( and donations ARE tax deductible ( Tax ID:[masked] (

A Well-Mannered, Leashed Fido is Welcome on this Hike!

Let's have good times and see you on the trail.


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