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Pretty easy hike, but a nice view and payoff. The earlier in the day you go the better since the view is westerly facing and afternoon sun will limit the quality of your photos.

Best at sunset

Starting at the trailhead, go right— this path will put you on the AT and it is a much smoother climb to the summit. If you loop it this way, it’s just short of 3 miles around.

Summit has great views around the valley. A little crowded on the weekend but not too terrible.

Well worth the hike. Will do it again when the weather is warmer.

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.

Nice look out but definitely an easy hike.

Loved doing this loop today! Was able to do the summit of both Stony Man and Little Stony Man in one go. Was a bit muddy and there were parts of the trail covered in ice so be mindful if you’re going during the colder months.

Great little hike. We went in October and saw a large deer with huge antlers. The views are beautiful!

Relatively easy trail. Short hike which you could do in the afternoon, even in the winter. Beautiful views at the summit. To the right you get to see Old Rag Mountain, which was awesome!

1 month ago

Lots of ice on the trail but gorgeous.

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.

Gorgeous! If you are in this area and you do not check this site out, then you’ve missed out!

Great trail. Hiked two weeks ago with 4 inches of snow on the ground. Will hike again in the Spring.

Phenomenal view at summit. Kid-friendly trail with shallow gradient.

It is worth doing nice trail

3 months ago

I started to the left but when I got to the bottom of the trail I turned around and went back up the way I came down. It shortened the hike to 3.2 miles but I got to see the river from a different angle and it was a good workout. I figure I'll never be back since there are so many other trails I want to explore in VA. Finished in 1:45 with quick stops for pics and to let my dog wade.
Didn't see anyone else on the trail.

short & nice submit

Great hike. Started snowing last weekend on the hike!

Beautiful view, great first hike in Shenandoah!

Amazing view with a short hike to get there!

4 months ago

Followed the advice of going to the left and coming up the fire road at the end. Beautiful trail with the fall colors, not too crowded except at the main waterfall. Was pleased to watch fellow fisherman trying their luck in the small pools of water along the trails in search of native trout.

Lots of great waterfalls (November with a fair bit of rain recently). What a lovely hike. Clockwise is preferred!

4 months ago

Hiked the trail clockwise as suggested and we enjoyed it. Did start to run into ice though on the second half as we made our way back up the path. The trail has you follow the water which was nice.

Just a note on the entrance to this hike, it’s not well marked. This hike, make a right at the cross in the path when you first enter. I️ made the mistake of going straight, and while a nice 3.5 mile hike down and back up, it didn’t offer many views. Still very enjoyable and beautiful area.

I did it today early morning and it was amazing but collapsed rocks are blocking the trail for few meters.

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

Nice hike. Not very strenuous. It was foggy the morning we did this hike so I can’t say what the views are like from the top. The trail is nice.

Nice, short hike. Heavy fog during parts, but still a nice view from west lookout.

we were disappointed that the description I'd vague. more hills than thought.

This was a beautiful truly moderate trail. The scenery is great all along the route. My boyfriend and I are novice hikers and wished we had something better than plain old sneakers. However it didn't really hurt us, we just had to be extra careful around slippery rocks and steeper inclines. When you get to the trail, definitely go left. We went up inclines rather than down and for me that was better. I saw lots of families on this trail and it's definitely family and dog friendly. A good fun hike for all.

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