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“awesome view.” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Mary's Rock Summit Trail

Mary's Rock Summit Trail
Skyline Drive, Shenandoah National Park, VA
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Type: Hiking trails, Nature & Parks, Outdoor Activities
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4 reviews 4 reviews
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“awesome view.”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 11, 2012

Our first time to Shenandoah and our first hike. My husband and I are walkers that average 2+ miles a day and we thought we were in for a nice short easy hike according to the reviews we read. It was a little tougher than we imagined but a good one to get our feet wet with (definately wear shoes/boots with good treads because the trail was wet and slippery in some places, and once you reached the top, good traction is needed on the rocks.). It was definately doable and easier than other hikes we took the other two days we were there. Out of all the hikes we did the three days we were there, this is our favorite. The view was breathtaking.

Visited August 2012
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Leesburg, Virginia
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“What a payoff! Gorgeous views!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 7, 2012

We took this hike in the late afternoon. It was 1.8 miles to the summit, so 3.6 miles round trip. It took us almost two hours to reach the top, but less than one hour to hike back down. It is absolutely uphill all the way to the summit. Coming home is easy! We had a six year old and a nine year old, and they handled it fine. The terrain is very rocky in places. This is not a nice, wide, smoothed path; if you have any troubles keeping your footing, I wouldn't try it. The summit provides a tremendous view of valleys in three directions. You can scramble over some boulders to the very top, but there are precipitous drops on both sides, so keep a CLOSE eye on children at the summit. There is a restroom facility with a big parking lot at the base of the trail. This is accessible off the 211 (just west of Skyline Drive), on the south side of 211. The turn is not well signed, but it is immediately next to Skyline Drive. This saves you from having to pay the Shenandoah National Park fee. Impressively clean hike; I saw no trash at all.

This is definitely a GREAT hike, very scenic, terrific payoff at the top. Short enough for small kids. Easy return, when you're tired. Enjoy!

Visited July 2012
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“Great view”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 18, 2012

The rangers in the visitor center are super nice and helpful, they gave us lots of good suggestions. We decided to walk in this trail. It took around 2h30. It's not hard. The view on the top is amazing.
It was a very nice experience. Shenandoah is a magical place

Visited June 2012
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