Mary's Rock South Trail is a 2.5 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Sperryville, VA that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, nature trips, and birding and is accessible from March until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.
dogs on leash
Directions from Front Royal, VA: Skyline Drive travels the entire length of Shenandoah National Park. Mile markers are placed along the right-hand side of the road heading south. They are numbered from north to south beginning at the northern terminus in Front Royal, Virginia. Facilities, trails and park features use the mile markers as points of reference. Park in the Meadow Spring parking area at mile 33.5. Trail begins across the Drive just a few feet south of the parking lot.
Wonderful hike, great for families, 4 kids 4-10 years old made it up and back without being carried. If you do not have the time to drive further into the park the proximity to the Thornton Gap entrance make this hike one of the best for hikers looking for spectacular views. Being a Autumn leaves weekend it was busy so start early if you do not want to wait in line at the entrance.
awesome trail. lots of overlooks.
Great hike but steep in some places. The top view was worth every step. I'm not sure if take my dogs. It's very rocky (small rocks) in spots can't be easy on they're paws. Is definitely 3.5 miles round trip.
We really enjoyed climbing the top and the view. Nice little hike. Quite the climb at the beginning though, fairly steep
Relatively easy hike to a nice payoff at the top. View was better than expected. If you have time, there are a few other rocks to climb on at the top to get even better views than the standard viewpoint delivers. Climb the tallest rock in sight (left of main viewpoint) and you'll find a US Geological Survey plaque at the top announcing that you've reached 3,514 feet above sea level (only room for one person on this rock). We also encountered a mother bear and her cubs on the hike back (right by the chimney on the trail), which added another layer of excitement.
This hike was awesome. We were staying in Luray and after days of driving 45+ minutes to trails, wanted to find a good one very close to our park entrance, Thornton Gap. This was a few miles south of the entrance, and I'm so glad we found it!! Not sure why it doesn't have a lot of reviews but it was awesome. Very steep for a little less than a mile on the way up, then intersects with the AT and flattens out. The views were spectacular!!! Almost panoramic view if you climb to the very top. And we saw a baby bear on the trail! Cannot recommend enough (as long as you are ok with a steep climb for the first half), would definitely do again. What a hidden gem!
Beautiful View! Well worth the hike.
Did this with part of the Appalachian Trail. Took Meadow Spring trail from Skyline to the AT then followed the AT to Skyland and returned.
There were a few groups of people at the beginning and Stony Man, as well as a handful of campers or folks doing the AT but for the most part had the trail to my self .
The was also a guy with a leaf blower on Meadow Springs. The trail is nice and clean.