Marys Rock Professional Guide
Detailed Trail Description from our Guidebook
"The trek to Marys Rock is a good introduction to the trails of Shenandoah National Park. The elevation it gains is on a well-graded, switchbacked pathway leading to one of the most easily reached 360° views in the park. Along the way, you will pass through tunnels of mountain laurel and, except for the coldest months of the year, a grand array of wildflowers.
Enter the woods on a wide trail from the turnaround circle at the end of the parking lot, intersect the A.T. in a few feet, and turn left. A break in the vegetation at 0.6 mile provides a view of Thornton Gap and some of the mountains of the park to the north. At 0.9 mile, cushiony moss growing on boulders along the Trail helps soften the look and feel of a rock field you walk through. The rock walls at 1.2 miles that were built by the Civilian Conservation Corps during the Great Depression to shore up this sidehill trail are still performing their duty."