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Mary's Rock Summit Trail

Skyline Drive, Shenandoah National Park, VA
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Austin, Texas
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6 reviews 6 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2014

The hike states it takes 3.5 hrs to complete-round trip. However, the trails are not bad and can be hiked at a fast pace. It only took us maybe 2 hrs, but we did go fast due to hunger! The view it totally worth it!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 8, 2014

Steep grade, but easy hike for active people! Well worth the walk up... Flat on top which makes it perfect to have lunch and relax overlooking the gully!! Gorgeous views, many hawks!

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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7 reviews 7 reviews
4 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 1, 2014

Great afternoon hike, beautiful view. Good intro to the park as it is close to the northern end. Typical Shenandoah hike -- uphill in, then down hill out. No major rock scrambles except at peak.

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Great Falls, Virginia
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50 attraction reviews
45 helpful votes 45 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2014

This hike is a good introduction to Shenandoah National Park. The trailhead is right after (on the right going south) the Thornton Gap Entrance Station. I would rate the hike as Moderate---there is a lot of rock and elevation gain going up to Mary's Rock.

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Herndon, Virginia
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7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2014

It's a really steep hike up, but wow is it worth it. It's got gorgeous views of the entire Shenandoah Valley, and if it's foggy, there's this surreal feeling of watching the world disappear in front of you.

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16 reviews 16 reviews
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3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 11, 2014

A little steep, a little rocky, some straight stretches, some narrow passages, but very doable in about 3 to 3-1/2 hours.

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Charlotte, North Carolina
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41 reviews 41 reviews
8 attraction reviews
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 7, 2014

Enjoyed this hike. 360 degree view. Definitely worth hiking and not too difficult. Definitely go on a nice day!

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Dahlgren, Virginia
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3 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2014

We hit this trail before heading home and it took about 2.5 hours. The trail was rocky but not unmanageable. The views were spectacular.

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New York City, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2014

There are multiple hikes throughout the Shenandoah Skyline Drive, however if you are looking for a hike that isn't too long (3.7 miles round trip), has amazing views of rolling mountains and great sunset views, then this is your hike. Mary's Rock is 3,514 ft up and the trail to the top even has you hiking on the Appalachian Trail... More

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Waynesboro, Virginia
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36 reviews 36 reviews
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16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2014

We loved this hike. It takes you a wonderful view. Guidebook list this trail as easy to moderate, but as an experienced hiker I would rate it moderate+.

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