Explore the most popular wildlife 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.

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.

Gorgeous and crazy fun. It just takes a long time.

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.

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 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.

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3 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

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!

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!

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4 months ago

Even though this isn't the full blown scramble route, it was quite a test.
From the parking lot to the top and back its a total of 10.6 miles. It took us 5.5 hours including lunch and a lot of breaks here and there. We averaged about 27-28 minute miles, but were not trying to go quickly.The first few miles along the fire road are really nice as you are walking alongside a stream running over boulders. The fire road is a pleasant stroll.
Once you turn up to the saddle trail things get a lot tougher. It turns into a packed mud road. There are a number of log steps which can be hard on the knees. The grade is probably the steepest here. The next mile or so is probably the toughest part of this route. Once you get beyond that and into the rocks it actually gets a little easier. The scrambling is really just watching where you put your feet. We saw someone fall and twist their ankle. I almost took a fall myself. You don't need to actually pull yourself up or anything like that, just be careful and watch where you are going.
The view from the top is spectacular. Good cell phone coverage which is surprising. We texted some photos and made a call from the top. We took a lunch and enjoyed it on the open flat area at the top. Note that you come to a false peak about 500 feet bellow the actual peak and some people seemed confused by that.

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

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.

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.

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