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Mary's Rock Summit Trail

Skyline Drive, Shenandoah National Park, VA
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Great Falls, Virginia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2014 NEW

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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2014 NEW

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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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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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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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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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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Vienna, VA
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 17, 2014

Nice little hike with a nice view at the top. Did the south trail (Meadow Spring) with my 12-year-old grandson - 1.5 hours up and 45 min down.

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Wilmington, Delaware
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 28, 2014

We started this hike from the Spring Meadow parking area rather than Panarama. I think it is less steep to start out. Passed the ruins of an old cabin...mainly the fireplace. I love ruins! My 17 year old grandson was along for this hike and he really enjoyed it. Of course once we got to Mary's Rock he had to... More

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Alexandria, Virginia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 13, 2013

Mary's Rock is not the highest point in the park, but offers fantastic views both East and West. We took the shorter route up that starts at the Meadow Spring lot. It's a straightforward climb up past the ruins of a AT cabin, then along the AT with views to the west and finally rounding Mary's Rock to the summit... More

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