Bears Den Overlook, Bluemont VA
18393 Blue Ridge Mountain Road, Bluemont, VA 20135
Distance: 0.5 miles (1 mile round trip)*
Elevation: 1350 feet (barely any elevation change)*
View: Shenandoah Valleys
Worth it: Yes? (2 Stars)
*The length of the trip and the elevation change depend entirely on where you begin your hike. There is a parking lot at the bottom of the road as well as at the top. If you begin at the top, it’s an incredibly easy (short) hike with quick access to the overlook. There’s a lodge for those traveling along the Appalachian Trail to stay and handicap parking accessible (most of the path is stroller/wheelchair friendly, though not all of it). If you want to hike from the bottom of the road, it’s a little more intense of a hike but altogether doable (it doesn’t surpass a Medium rating).
This is Abbey, and I grew up going to this place. That could be why I give it such a mediocre rating, but mainly it’s because it’s a relatively average hike. I’m so accustomed to it since I’ve seen it so many times, but that doesn’t make it at all undesirable. It’s a quick way to get access to nature and there are some nice rocks to play on at the overlook (or to sit on/climb under/watch the view).
It’s highly populated and you’ll often see pets. As my photos feature, my last visit was during a foggy afternoon in November. I’m so accustomed to the hike that I only took about four pictures–only one of which pertains to the overlook.
I don’t mean in any way to represent this adventure poorly! I have a lot of fond memories of this place and it can be entirely enjoyable–it just barely compares to places like McAfee’s Knob, Sharp Top, or Falling Springs Falls (post still to come). It’s definitely worth it if you just want something quick, but not if you’re looking for the spectacular.
They have a website if you’re interested in learning more.