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.

Beautiful trail, with lots of scenery. Most of the trail was in the shade when we did it in the morning with the exception of the summit.

gorgeous views from the top of the rock! didn't want to come down.

Great trail for a 4h-something hike. Went clockwise from the parking lot up. Quite steep in the beginning and the end but beautiful scenery all around, and great views from Mary’s rock. Some small river crossings but nothing too tricky. Wish I had had hiking poles for the way down though. Plenty of chance to fill up your water from the creek.

What a workout!! Rocky uphill climb. The view at the summit was beautiful. Well worth the sweat! Downhill on the way out is a relief, but rocky. Traffic was a bit high today..lots of people on the trail and at the summit. Be careful to follow the correct posts markings, one couple we ran into had walked down the wrong trail and had to climb back up to get back on the trail back. We all burned some serious calories today!! So much fun! FYI They charge $30 to enter national park by vehicle.

Amazing trail! Very rewarding with the views on the summit. Recommended.

Great hike. Be prepared for. Rocky path.

This is a good introductory trail to SNP. It’s pretty short but heavy on the elevation change, with really nice views at the end. You’ll never find yourself alone at the top on a nice day, but there are some small, quiet outcroppings below the peak that are nice for lunch. However, I do love seeing people getting out and enjoying our national parks!

Great trail. We did this trail last month and only saw a few other people hiking it as well. Great views at the top. Added bonus was seeing a black bear on the trail near the parking lot.

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2 months ago

This is one of my favorite day hikes. On today's trip we left with clouds forming over the mountains. I was hoping to get to the cave before it rained, however, I was a mile and half short. We got drenched. Shared the cave with a group of Americorp volunteers who were out working on the trail. There is an awesome discrete campsite off the trail close to the cave.

Great trail - challenging but not overly steep and it’s relatively short. Dog loved it and was able to complete the rock scramble at the top. Beautiful views at the summit but also along the way. Decent tree coverage which helps in the summer - we began our hike at 11 am on a warm July day and the only part that was truly bad temp wise was the summit. Recommend this hike! Trail is pretty rocky (smaller rocks), so make sure to pay attention and keep your balance.

Very nice hike. A steady but not difficult climb, gorgeous views. Lots of bugs for some reason, be sure to bring bug spray. Absolutely camera worthy. More people than I expected but it is mid summer. A good hike if you're recovering from some more strenuous ones and need a breather. Starts at the picnic area, not the overlook. Trail was clearly marked. Saw a deer, lots of swallows at the rock, and bear scat but no bears.

Well maintained and wide trail. It's not steep so doesn't feel like it has that much elevation. Short but really enjoyable view at the end.
I'm planning to try this again with kids on fall.

Bears are definitely out and about in this area, especially on lightly travelled days. Started at the bottom with only two other cars there. Took the left path (Buck’s Ridge) to knock out those stairs first. I wasn’t sure I would be able to finish the remaining 8 mikes after those step up the side of the mountain! Levels out some after that.

About half way along the ridge, came up on a bear cub running through the woods. I hung back for 5-10 minutes to wait for them to move along. As I continued on, I spotted the momma bear down the hill looking up at me. Continued on to not stick around that area.

Hit the parking area for Mary’s Rock without seeing another person. Passed a few people while heading to the top there. Great views!

On the way back down, maybe a quarter mile from the top, I startled another bigger bear that I didn’t notice as I came around a bend. It took of running into the woods, and looked back as I moved along.

Took the Buck’s Hollow trail back down to the car, not seeing another person on that trail either. It follows a stream most of the way down, which was nice.

Definitely recommend this hike!

Started on Skyline, went down Buck Hallow, up on Buck Ridge and all the way up to Mary’s Rock. A tough climb but I’d totally recommend this direction! This trail had everything— water, woods, views. Buck Hallow is lovely along the river with some small falls and easy water crossings. The descent isn’t too steep but it’s constant. Really glad I went up Buck Ridge because there were some spots I wouldn’t want to go down (including the stairs!). Once you’re up it flattens out which is a nice way to end the loop. Mary’s Rock was tough after the ~6 mile loop but what a view from the top! Well worth it! Loved this hike!

A very steep trek and extremely rocky. By no means is it an easy trail. I had two separate close encounters with black bears along this trail, but that can happen anywhere in Shenandoah.

This was a beautiful hike with the west side parts being amazing with the cool wind to deal with the humidity. Mary's Rock had a great view. with a few good vantage points along the route. Definitely a good trail for pictures.

This was really beautiful. A privilege to see and I only wish I had brought my fly fishing pole. The climb down to and back up from the falls is rather steep, but it’s only .2 miles. The remainder of the trail has rather little in the way of pitch or views. But those falls and caves more than make up for any shortcoming.

This is a great trail for calorie burning. Go left and clockwise from the Rt 211 trailhead and you’ll get 664 steps to start out your hike. This is a bear spot for some reason, I’ve seen one almost every time, but no reason to avoid the hike.

This was a fun hike! The views at the top are magnificent! Shenandoah is such a beautiful place. My kids and husband did this hike with me and we enjoyed the flowers, the views and the small rock scramble at the top.

About 1/4 mile from the trailhead the trail had a few inches of water running over top of it. This went on for a quarter mile or so. It was easier to walk through the water with a rocky bed than the muddy mess beside the trail. The area had a heavy storm the night before, so we had expected some wet terrain. The right shoes helped. Overall, I would highly recommend this hike.

Great hike with a summit view :)

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

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4 months 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

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