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Address: Skyline Drive, Shenandoah National Park, VA
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one of the more challenging hikes in SNP, but the views at the top are definitely worth the effort! Go on a weekday if possible when there are fewer hikers.

5 of 5 starsReviewed March 24, 2015
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Hamilton, Virginia
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Fairfax, Virginia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 30, 2015

This hike is 1.8 miles to get to the rock and 1.8 to get back to the parking area. There is a bathroom at the parking area, which is clean and well-lit. It took us 1 hour to get up and 1 hour to get down, not including time we spent relaxing at the rock. The trail is well-maintained. It... More 

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Hamilton, Virginia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 24, 2015

one of the more challenging hikes in SNP, but the views at the top are definitely worth the effort! Go on a weekday if possible when there are fewer hikers.

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McLean, Virginia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

Great view, not too far, but enough difficulty to make it a fulfilling challenge for the amateur hiker. About two hours round trip.

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Stalybridge, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 8, 2014

One of those walks that seems to be going nowhere and then....bang, a view to die for. Persevere, it's well worth the effort

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Pittsburgh, PA
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 4, 2014

First impressions are important. This was our first hike in Shenandoah and if left me with a great first impression of the aformentioned park. I would classify the trail as moderate (rocky sections and moderate grade) but not too difficult. At the top Mary's rock provided us with a view of the clouds beautifully streaming past.

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Vienna
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 30, 2014

We hiked up from Skyline Drive via the Meadow Spring Trail. It's not a tough hike, but legs and lungs are required. The views are mostly of Appalachian forest before the summit. Note - On the way back, it is very easy to miss the marker for Meadow Spring Trail.

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Gainesville, FL
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 27, 2014

The length of the hike was a good workout. The summit feels farther than it is on the trail with not much to see along the way. The summit has a nice clearing that presents good rock formations to further climb and explore. The (overlook) view is nice but not as breathtaking as often written. The upper rocks of the... More 

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Washington, Michigan
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 16, 2014

We hiked around 3.5 miles to an outcropping of rocks overlooking the valley. It was very pretty once we got there. There is some rock scrambling toward the end. There isn't much of a view on the way there so not sure I would recommend this trail.

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Ewing, New Jersey
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 11, 2014

I would say this is a medium difficulty hike, I see some say on here that it is easy, since the hike is mostly uphill I definitely would not rate that as easy. The hike was worth the views at the top, I think it only took me 2 hours round trip.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 8, 2014

People really hype up this hike (they say easy and well worth it). Well, it is easy... but it's just a good bit of walking for not much of a reward. If you like the act of walking then it is short, but when you consider the view from the top is not as good as the view from some... More 

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