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

MODERATE 39 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
862 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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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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Be sure to catch this one on a not-so-foggy day. Great views.

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2 months ago

Nice moderate trail ive done a handful of times now. Pretty good if you are just getting into hiking like i was.

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Had a great hike and ended up in the clouds the day I hiked Mary's Rock. The trail has been created along the side of the mountain with great rock formation. The boulders that are real sting on the side of the mountain are incredible in size. The view from the peak is breath taking. The echo through the mountains surrounding are amazing. Motor cycles were taking off way in the distance and they sounded as if right next to me. Mary's rock is challenging but very doable for any novice hiker.

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A moderate hike to a large rock outcrop where you can view the Shenandoah Valley. Park in the Meadow Springs lot at MP 33.5. The closest restroom is in the Panorama lot at MP 31.6.