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

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Shenandoah National Park

Mary's Rock via the Appalachian Trail (Southern Approach) is a 2.4 mile heavily 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 bird watching and is best used from March until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Length 2.4 mi Elevation gain 754 ft Route type Out & Back

Dogs on leash

Hiking

Nature trips

Walking

Bird watching

Forest

Views

Wild flowers

Wildlife

Rocky

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Getting There

Virginia Tourism Corporation, 901 Easy Byrd Street , Richmond, VA, 23219, Phone: 804-786-2051, Fax: 804-786-1919

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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Eve Hellerick
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HikingMuddyRocky

Love this trail and the vista!

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Becca Gollub
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Lilia Simon
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Cody Staup
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Hiking

Good Trail

Anastasia Huggins
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can confirm this trail is open. clocked in at closer to 3 miles from the parking lot. a quick, early climb but beautiful views at the top!

Nicholas Ponczka
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Rocky

Great family hike! The views are incredible and there are multiple spots as you get to the top that you can see a beautiful view. We really enjoyed this hike. We did this hike with our 3 and 7yr old and it took us about 3 hrs total including us stopping for a while to take in the beautiful scenery. We highly recommend this hike!

Sara McClurg
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Hiking

I believe this trail is still open- hiked it today and it was great. Saw very few people on it- great view at the top!

Joshua Thornhill
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Hiking

Great hike! steep at first and very rocky so watch your step. Trail flattens out towards the top. There are a few great rocks to stop at before the summit that also make for great views. Full 360 views at the summit!

Sharine Petrovich
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26March2020- Parking was full when I arrived at 5pm , a bit of a cardiovascular workout on the uphill climb up. Passed by a few hikers from young couples with kids to older adults and a group of teenagers. Not much shade and it was mildly warm enough as is. The view was amazing up too, had the whole rock to myself and enjoyed lunch and a good read before descending while the sun was setting. Got lost and caught myself when the path got unrecognizable right as I was heading down in between Marys Rock trail and the AT! Would recommend as a quick workout hike, poles would be a nice touch as it is a bit rocky up top and while ascending. No critters or mosquitoes either which was a bonus !

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Rachel Yezzi
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Hiking

Went south at AT, not up to Mary’s Rock to avoid all the people. Lovely hike along AT ridge past Byrd’s shelter.

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Kevin Unterbrink
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This is a trail that will work your lungs on the ascent! It’s steep in some areas but well worth it. The trail was well marked and maintained, the views spectacular and even some history thrown in from the CCC days.

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Janet S
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HikingIcyMuddyRocky

Great trail with a gorgeous view from the top. Meadow Spring Parking Area is the closest for parking. It's not a big parking area. Got there at 8 am with a lot of parking spaces available and left around 11 am and it was full. Beginning of the trail starts at an incline but flattens out closer to the top. It's easier going down but it is rocky and there are small loose rocks. It was very windy at the top but still enjoyed a quick bite. The whole way up to the top there were no people. Took a lot of great pictures. Going down there were people coming up and with path being narrow in some parts had to step to the side. Enjoyed this trail very much. Highly recommended.

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Elizabeth Woodard
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Hiking

Beautiful views at the summit and great rocks for a bit of easy climbing.

Nicole McCroddan
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Stacey Brown
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Hiking

Always a favorite hike! Beautiful way to start the new year.

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Justin Houghton
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Great view

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Kathleen Elizabeth
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dave r.
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Hiking

great hike. Relatively easy, great views!

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Amper Buscato
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Hiking

At 1st mostly inclined hiking and theres also a flat surface but totally worth it when you get to the summit...The view is so beautiful!!!!

Miranda S
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Hiking

Great trail. My Garmin clocked in right at 3 miles. Good views at the top.

Dan P.
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Hiking

If you are not planning on staying in the park after the hike (we went zip lining), you can park in the AT parking lot, which is just before you get to the Thorton Gap entrance. No matter what you want to do the Southern Approach. The parking at Meadows Spring is crazy all day long. Hike has nice views and a very nice view from the top.

Michelle Dowd
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Amelia Parenteau
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Trail seemed a little bit longer than the 2.4 miles listed, but we still had a great time. Took some inexperienced hikers without a problem and even a little dog. Great views at the end!

Michelle Dowd
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One of my favorite hikes! Beautiful overlook at the top!

Tom Countryman
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As trails in SNP go, this is probably one of the easiest ones, but a great pay off at the end. Highly recommend!

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