Explore the most popular walking trails near Sperryville with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

Great hike Saturday, also saw a momma bear with two Cubs just off trail. was a beautiful day.

Lovely- pretty crowded even on a Monday morning though

hiking
20 days ago

Could not find the entrance to this trail??

Very enjoyable trail We take our kids (5 and 7) moderate ratings are usually okay for them Just a little advise do not split left at the first split trail option We did not go that way and I ran into another hiker that did and it is very steep

I went a mile out and turned around to come back. Parking is the pinnnacle overlook which isn’t ideal. No views. Plus side saw no one else on the trail and I wouldn’t have. Downside I probably would have run into bear. Much better hikes to do in Shenandoah.

A friend of mine recommended this short hike when I mentioned that we were going to Shenandoah. It's perfect if you only have half of an afternoon left and not enough time to do any longer hikes and the view from the rock is simply beautiful. Just bear in mind that if you want to make it to the very top of the rock, there is a little bit of scrambling involved. Even if you choose not to do that, the hike is still very much worth it, and you will get most of the views anyway. Definitely highly recommended!

Really enjoyed the hike! We went on Sunday April 22nd, and there were still a lot of trees across the trail. While we could go over and under some, there were parts where we had to detour off the trail to get around. PATC trail crews were out working on the trails, and I would expect that they will have the trail cleared sooner than later.

The falls were beautiful, and while it was a steep path down to them (and back up afterwards), it was well worth it.

Excellent hike with steady ascent the whole way and excellent view from summit. Very rocky so be prepared and aware. Also saw black bears on this hike so beware of hiking alone!

Remarks from the Buck Ridge Trail Overseer for exactly twenty years. I helped rescue this trail from planned abandonment in the late seventies. Perfect circuit when coupled with the more attractive and older Buck Hollow Trail. There are, BTW, 612 steps at the bottom. I know. Patrick Wilson and I dug most of them in. Boy Scouts lugged most of the steps up when needed. Patrick was…and may still be…the Buck Hollow Trail Overseer. Of all the Blue Blaze trails along the AT, BRT has the greatest altitude change in a short distance. Something like 1800’ in a quarter mile. Don’t hold me to those numbers. I last did the circuit in 2012 when I was 78 (6 ½ hrs). I love that trail.

great exercise hike. plenty of spots that open up to see some views, took me only 3 hours 10 mins with a little delay . would do again for sure

hiking
3 months ago

Hiked it the trail starting out on the drive by Pass Mountain Loop. It was a nice quite trail. I saw the "goat underpass" right next to the Rocky Branch Mile marker. And several small pottery dishes by the spring. Pretty neat.

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.

This was a great way to see the views from Mary's Rock and add also some distance and elevation to get a good workout -- and some peace and quiet that's less likely up at the popular vista. The first half mile or so along the ridgeline was particularly pretty (particularly with leafless winter trees giving great visibility that you might not have in the summer.)

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.

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

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

Loved this trail. Only went to the summit, so out and back was under four miles.

Overall, a really great hike in mid-October. The leaves make the descent a little slippery and uneven but as long as you are attentive it shouldn't be an issue.

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.

great trail, I was there today for hike with my dog and we both enjoyed it. the leaves are making the trail a bit more slippery, it's very rocky so use good shoes. the views are beautiful!

Nice in/out hike. Obviously the first half is all uphill, but not too steep. The view from the top is awesome. On the day we hiked it, the clouds were down in the valleys and hollows so it made for some great views. It felt like we were looking out an airplane window.

The trail is really rocky, so wear good shoes, preferably hiking boots.

We got there early so not many people, but on the way back to the car at 11am, there was a non-stop flow of people headed up the trail.

This is a nice trail with some great views, especially from the top of Mary's Rock. The trail goes uphill about 1.8 miles from the Panorama parking lot to Mary's Rock. From there, we headed further south to the Bird's Nest Shelter before heading back to the parking lot. We did about 7 miles of the 9.6 mile out-and-back mapped out here.

Poorly maintained trail. We hiked through tall grass for a good part of and had to break through spider webs the whole way!

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.

Nice walk in the woods. That's about it.

Very scenic view at top, fairly easy in and out hike to the top.

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