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Mary's Rock Summit Trail

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Address: Skyline Drive, Shenandoah National Park, VA

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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... read more

Reviewed 17 December 2016
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Chapel Hill, North Carolina
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Chapel Hill, North Carolina
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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 in below freezing. A great experience if you can handle it.

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Ashburn, Virginia
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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 views up there with plenty of places to eat. A crowded trail on the weekends.

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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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 and 10 or so if you are quick on your feet. You can also take... More 

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Fairfax, Virginia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 42 helpful votes
Reviewed 8 November 2016

We parked at the Panorama parking lot, and the trail starts right there. The round trip up and down the summit is about 2 hours and roughly 3.5 miles. The view at top is nice. However, the trail is laid with all rocks, very hard on your feet and knees and easy to twist your ankles. After the climb, we... More 

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Olney, Maryland
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Reviewed 14 September 2016

Left from the Jewell Hollow Overlook parking lot. The path to the AT is at the back of the large parking lot. The north/south direction on the AT wasn't immediately clear, but you stay to the right and go very briefly south before a u-turn for the north trail. This is a primarily wooded trail. Much of it is rocky,... More 

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Kansas City, Missouri
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Reviewed 6 September 2016

Pack a lunch and make the 3.7 round trip climb. At the top--you'll have a wonderful view of the valley as well as where you entered the park. Bring bug spray and water. The terrain may be a little tough (steep inclines, rocks, tree branches) for some but overall I would say a moderately challenging hike that won't destroy you... More 

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Jonesborough, Tennessee, United States
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Reviewed 2 September 2016

Enjoyed this hike. Slightly steep elevation change. View from the top was worth the climb. Moderately difficult.

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Thank Beth M
Annandale, Virginia
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Reviewed 29 August 2016

We hiked from Panorama (right next to the Thornton Gap entrance) to the summit. It is a rocky ascent but the path is well-maintained with stairs of rock or wood. There are very few flat stretches. It is 1.85 miles, one-way. The view at the top is spectacular and well worth the effort. Take a snack and hang out resting... More 

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Reviewed 23 August 2016 via mobile

If I could sum up our visit on one word it would be: Awestruck! We began our hike at Jewel Hollow Overlook and went straightaway to Mary's Rock. It was not easy, but ever so worth it. The weather was in the high 80's, but hiking in the woods was very comfortable. The somewhat mid stop at Robin's Nest was... More 

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Alexandria, Virginia
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Reviewed 18 August 2016

Wife and I took this on, on one of the hotter days but did not regret it. It was a demanding hike but thoroughly enjoyable especially when you see a Mountain Lion! Will return in the fall as the view is breathtaking.

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