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Best at sunset

6 days ago


SPECTACULAR trail. Fun, challenging (but not too much) and good to warm you up in the winter. Beautiful views, good climbing, and so much fun. A must do!

Would love to go back during sunset or sunrise. Great views and quiet this time of year.

A really short hike with great views and a cool scramble.

Gorgeous view of the Shenandoah Valley!!! We did it carrying a 25lbs backpack on a 30 degree weather and made it all the way to the “v” point and had a little picnic right on the top with a 360 degree view. Ready for our next trail adventure!

26 days ago

If you're not in pretty good cardiovascular shape (guilty), this trail can be challenging. The last leg of it is uphill (climbing out of the beautiful gorge) the whole time. The rest is moderate. This trail offers a lot of variety of views, moss and lichen covered rocks, plenty of woods etc.

Nice easy trail! Beautiful at the top!

Just moved to Virginia and wanted a nice first hike in the state, I’m used to doing longer, strenuous hikes in NC so I was worried about this being too easy since it’s a moderate trail. It was actually a great trail with just enough challenge, rocky and ice/snow in February but still beautiful. View is absolutely worth it, I bought a park pass so I can keep exploring this area.

1 month ago

Excellent day trail.

This is a nice trail with a short scramble. The second time I did it, I hung out at the scramble did some bouldering. It is a very busy trail on nice days in the afternoon.

Nice look out but definitely an easy hike.

1 month ago

Great views. Watch out for bears.

1 month ago

My favorite trail at Shenandoah.

Really fun hike, we did hike #2, which is a nearly 8 mile loop. Beware, this should be ranked as "hard", if you start down the AT then come back up river trail, youre in for about 3.5 miles of steep-moderate constant uphill. not complaining, was a heck of a workout, 200 floors per our fitbits. waterfalls were beautiful, half frozen.

No fishing spot but a fun hike

My first time back to the Shenandoah’s in more than 20 years and the Mary’s Rock summit did not disappoint. Fun hike, and the view at the top was literally breathtaking. It was possibly a combination of beauty and the fact that the wind chill was -10, but breathtaking nonetheless. A hike my kids would love in the summer. Can’t wait to go back.

Enjoyed this hike with my daughter- would highly recommend. Be prepared for the trip back up from the falls.

Lots of leaves on the trail when I went. Be careful of your footing.

I'm from the panhandle of Texas and am used to hiking on fairly flat ground. The rocky, steep portions of this trail almost did me in! Hiked in the reverse direction from that recommended. BIG mistake. The steep incline the last two miles was difficult to say the least. However, I'll be back and hike this beautiful trail again when I'm in better shape.

short & nice submit

Beautiful view, great first hike in Shenandoah!

Awesome hike but be aware there is significant rock scramble! Not a good hike for people who are not very mobile!

Amazing view with a short hike to get there!

Great trail! We started at the Jones Run parking lot (mile marker 84) and hiked down Jones Run to the Doyles River trail and took that up to the fire road for a shortcut to the AT and back to the parking area due to time constraints.

4 months ago

A beautiful saunter on a crisp day. Lots of nature and a couple of great views to enjoy.

Great views with pretty minimal effort. Several spots along the way to stop for snacks or lunch and enjoy the scenery.

I love this trail. Kid and dog friendly. Easy and great views.

Great trail, lots of rock scrambling. Great views too. Not terribly long, so very good for teenagers.

We absolutely love the views at the summit point of this trail. It’s a quick trail with a few trickier spots to climb if you go the way of the rock scramble. This is always our first go to trail in SNP because of the views.

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