Mary's Rock South Trail

MODERATE 24 reviews
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Mary's Rock South Trail 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.

3 hours ago

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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1 month ago

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.

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4 months ago

skyline was closed so we decided to try this out. Good quick hike. Nice views and the summit area is very nice for lunch. Great for beginners or just a quick out and back. Not very challenging nice easy walk up and quick return...

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6 months ago

Wonderful hike, great for families, 4 kids 4-10 years old made it up and back without being carried. If you do not have the time to drive further into the park the proximity to the Thornton Gap entrance make this hike one of the best for hikers looking for spectacular views. Being a Autumn leaves weekend it was busy so start early if you do not want to wait in line at the entrance.

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7 months ago

awesome trail. lots of overlooks.

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8 months ago

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8 months ago

Great hike but steep in some places. The top view was worth every step. I'm not sure if take my dogs. It's very rocky (small rocks) in spots can't be easy on they're paws. Is definitely 3.5 miles round trip.

9 months ago

We really enjoyed climbing the top and the view. Nice little hike. Quite the climb at the beginning though, fairly steep

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9 months ago

Relatively easy hike to a nice payoff at the top. View was better than expected. If you have time, there are a few other rocks to climb on at the top to get even better views than the standard viewpoint delivers. Climb the tallest rock in sight (left of main viewpoint) and you'll find a US Geological Survey plaque at the top announcing that you've reached 3,514 feet above sea level (only room for one person on this rock). We also encountered a mother bear and her cubs on the hike back (right by the chimney on the trail), which added another layer of excitement.

9 months ago

This hike was awesome. We were staying in Luray and after days of driving 45+ minutes to trails, wanted to find a good one very close to our park entrance, Thornton Gap. This was a few miles south of the entrance, and I'm so glad we found it!! Not sure why it doesn't have a lot of reviews but it was awesome. Very steep for a little less than a mile on the way up, then intersects with the AT and flattens out. The views were spectacular!!! Almost panoramic view if you climb to the very top. And we saw a baby bear on the trail! Cannot recommend enough (as long as you are ok with a steep climb for the first half), would definitely do again. What a hidden gem!