Mary's Rock via the Appalachian Trail (Southern Approach)

MODERATE 50 reviews
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Mary's Rock via the Appalachian Trail (Southern Approach) is a 2.5 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Sperryville, Virginia that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, nature trips, and birding and is best used from March until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

DISTANCE
2.5 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
741 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

dogs on leash

birding

hiking

nature trips

walking

forest

views

wild flowers

wildlife

rocky

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.

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

1 month ago

Highly recommend this short day hike. Can be done in under 2 hours at a moderate pace with a short rest at the top. It’s a beautiful shaded walk up hill and includes part of the Appalachian Trail. Bring some water with you. We wore hiking boots, but it could definitely be done in sneakers. The view from the top is beautiful- pretty spectacular especially considering how quickly you can get there.

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3 months ago

This trail is moderate to strenous and straight up.  The trail itself is very nice and shaded.  There are some nice views along the way and the summit is cool look out. It is a rocky trail so your feet might hurt some.

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5 months ago

Easy access from the Thornton Gap entrance of Shenandoah. Plentiful parking, and the directions from AllTrails take you right there. The hike is short and relatively easy - uphill for the first 1/2 or so, but there are plenty of natural and manmade "stairs."

The path itself wasn't too crowded, but there were a bunch of people at the top. A bit before the actual summit there's an outcropping off to the side - would recommend setting up for a break there if you can.

Overall, great hike and beautiful views. I would do it again.

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