A short easy hike with a beautiful overlook to the west. Starting at the same parking area on Rt. 7 as the Raven Rocks hike, this out and back hike climbs a gentle 280ft of elevation along the Appalachian Trail to the Bears Den Overlook. Also make the short loop around the Bears Den Trail Center and explorer the surrounding grounds. This hike is popular on nice days and the main overlook can be busy. A good way to beat the crowds is to make the hike in the evening and catch the sunset to the west.
Mile 1.1 - Turn right/north on the white blazed Appalachian Trail passing the main overlook and retrace your route back to Rt. 7 turning right back to he parking area.
Mile 1.8 - Arrive back at the parking area on Rt. 7.
Bears Den Overlook Hike Comments
Parking was pretty east, it was not too crowded. There were a decent amount of people, but we were not passed or passing people very often at all. I enjoyed the hike well enough, it had a little bit of a rocky terrain, but the overlook was great to me because I could climb up and down all the big rocks.
Went on this hike with my 9 year old son. We both loved it. Would probably be better when the leaves all fall off the trees for better views. Also, very, very rocky wear the right shoes.
Good climb, but too short.
I actually enjoy doing this hike quite a bit. However, I will typically double the mileage by performing the hike two times over. When I did the hike today I reversed as soon as I reached the overlook. On the second climb I circled the Bears Den overlook then climbed back down.
With the rains weíve had the blue blazed connector trail going from the parking lot was essentially a mud pit. Donít use it. Instead, walk along Route 7 and use the AT for the whole hike.
Bears Den also has a small network of trails you can use to lengthen your hike if you donít want to just walk out and back a bunch of times.