Buck Ridge Trail To Mary's Rock Loop is a 8.8 mile lightly trafficked loop trail located near Sperryville, VA that features a river and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible from March until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.
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Nice moderate/strenuous loop that can be done by itself or included with an additional hike up to Mary's Rock. From the parking area on 21, head up the trail crossing the stream and go left to the blue blazed Buck Ridge trail. The first 1/2 mile is very steep and has more than 660 steps. Continue up the mountain passing a rock overlook until you come to a tee in the trail. Go right on the yellow blazed Hazel Mountain Trail for to the Hazel Mountain parking area. At this point you can either continue up to Mary's Rock or shorten the hike and turn right on the blue blazed Buck Hollow trail. To continue up to Mary's Rock cross Skyline Drive, walk 50 yards left uphill and head uphill on the Meadow Spring Trail for 0.6 miles passing the ruins of an old homestead about halfway before meeting the intersection of the white blazed Appalachian Trail and ridge line. Turn right on the AT following it for 0.8 miles before arriving at the junction of the Mary's Rock Lookout Trail. Turn left uphill on the Mary's Rock Lookout Trail and come to the Mary's Rock Vista. There is a fun rock scramble from here to the summit. To return, retrace your steps back along the AT and down the Meadow Spring Trail to the Hazel Mountain parking area on Skyline Drive. To continue, turn left just below the parking lot onto blue blazed Buck Hollow Trail. The Buck Hollow Trail descends the valley crossing the stream several times. At the intersection of Buck Ridge trail, turn left on the Buck Hollow Trail and arrive back at the parking area.
Awesome babbling brook most of the way up. Mary's rock is super crowded. bucks ridge was less than challenging, except the stupid stairs, on the way down.
I took the left trail up and the right one down. Great hike but the only views you get are of surrounding mountain but during fall it's great simply because of the colors. After completing I realized I am in better shape than I originally thought.
nice trail, dog friendly and reasonably kid friendly. would recommend taking the right path at the fork and following the stream with the waterfalls on your way up. the left path is nice, but has a steep climb with stairs.
My wife and I did this trail counterclockwise working our way up to Mary's Climb. We did the Buck Hollow trail to start and ended up coming back using Hazel Mountain. The trail has a beautiful creek with a few very small waterfalls and some amazing overlooks on Mary's Climb. According to GPS it was closer to 10 miles than 9 if you do the entire thing.
I've done this hike honestly over 150+ times over the last several years. I use it for training. Start from 211 and go clockwise. Its a decent elevation gain (2000+) good workout . If you have time, take the trail from Skyline to the top of Marys Rock. Adds more gain and way better views at the top.
Have seen bear on buck hollow every year and love it. If its views you want during the summer this is not the trail. It only opens up in a few spots.
Did the trail to Mary's Rock, clockwise again. It was a pretty cold day and a dusting of snow here and there on the trail. Snow was probably an inch or so by the time I got to the ridge. Skyline Drive was closed due to snow and ice. It wasn't that bad crossing. The trail from there to Mary's Rock was snow covered, probably an inch or two.
Did this clockwise on the first of what seemed like an autumn day. The steep incline is a killer. The calves were feeling it half way up the first mile or two. Once you get beyond there it's a more moderate but steady incline until Skyline Drive. Views at Mary's Rock are always great. You could see some patches of trees turning red about a mile or two from there.
The trail has very pretty rocky creeks to cross. Not one person seen while hiking. It is a steady incline. Definitely wear bug spray when you go, as I did not and got attacked by the gnats and mosquitos. Very fun trail. Will go again and bring my dog next time.
I did this trail counter clockwise from the 211 lot. Once at Skyline decided to go up to Mary's Rock for an additional few miles.
I'd definitely recommend counter clockwise, as the other direction form the 211 lot can be pretty strenuous. For those wanting to try it, the very steep part does have steps which help. They look like they were recently added. Once that part is done, the trial follows the ridge up to Skyline at a moderate incline.