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Mary's Rock Summit Trail

Skyline Drive, Shenandoah National Park, VA
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Great shaded trail, might be a little rough on your feet

This trail is moderate to strenous and straight up.  The trail itself is very nice and shaded... read more

Reviewed 1 September 2017
Orlando, Florida
via mobile
Steep climb, great view

The hike is quite challenging as the terrain is rough and extremely steep. It is straight up and... read more

Reviewed 19 August 2017
Deborah S
Bala Cynwyd, Pennsylvania
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Skyline Drive, Shenandoah National Park, VA
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Reviewed 1 September 2017 via mobile

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.

Thank GregTrav28
Reviewed 19 August 2017 via mobile

The hike is quite challenging as the terrain is rough and extremely steep. It is straight up and straight back down. It is not necessarily a pretty Trail to hike however the view from the top is outstanding. We packed a lunch and ate at...More

Thank Deborah S
Reviewed 31 July 2017

We took the Meadow Spring trail to the AT, then to the summit trail, which is apparently the shortest route. It was a good hike. We did run into a Black bear on this trail, as our intention was to go up for the sunset...More

Thank Margie895
Reviewed 5 July 2017

We hiked this trail on the 4th of July with our two dogs - an 85 lb GoldenDoodle and a 35 lb labradoodle.The terrain on the trail and the climb up was challenging but definitely doable. We made it to the top in less than...More

Thank KevinAndLauraS
Reviewed 10 June 2017

The terrain on this hike was varied: lots of switchbacks, rocks, and tree roots to pay attention to. The views were well worth it. It seemed every time we turned a corner, we had something lovely to see. The view at the top was breathtaking....More

Thank AER22
Reviewed 31 May 2017

Lots of big rocks which my teenage boys loved. It kept them entertained while my husband & I just sat & enjoyed the view.

Thank hutchm0m
Reviewed 2 May 2017

Loved Mary's Rock Overlook! See the photo! The weather was perfect for a hike this day and we wanted to hike the entire 9 mile trail but ran short on time. Some spots of the trail can be rocky and steep but overall it is...More

Thank Cortney P
Reviewed 17 December 2016

Hiking in winter to the top of a mountain ridge is only for the diehards. You'll experience first hand how brutally cold it can be on a sunny day. It was about 11 degrees and when we got to Mary's Rock the wind chill made...More

Thank TarHeel071
Reviewed 13 November 2016

We took our 4 and 6 year old here this past summer. The hike was perfect for the kids. They always love a hike that ends with a beautiful summit view. We packed lunch and at it at the top of the mountain. Gorgeous sweeping...More

Thank Liz S
Reviewed 10 November 2016

So- I've done the Mary's Rock hike 6 times now- and its refreshing every time. YOu can do it with your family- and kids about 6 or 7 or so. It takes about 1 hour and 45 minutes if you are moving slow- an hour...More

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30 May 2016|
Response from sjbirder | Reviewed this property |
You don't have to do the scramble to the very top. Plenty of nice views at the base of the final rock formation. It's not like Old Rag at all, if you've done that hike. Hardly a rock scramble at all, really. I recommend... More