Mount Marshall Road

Shenandoah National Park, Virginia 22835

Elevation Gain1,888ft
Trailhead Elevation2,427ft
Elevation Min/Max1276/2427ft
Elevation Start/End2427/2427ft

Mount Marshall Road

Mount Marshall Road is a hiking trail in Rappahannock County, Virginia. It is within Shenandoah National Park. It is 5.0 miles long and begins at 2,427 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 10.1 miles with a total elevation gain of 1,888 feet. This trail connects with the following: Bluff Trail.

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Hiking Shenandoah National Park (Falcon Guides)
Bert & Jane Gildart
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"A hike along three trails highlights Shenandoah’s beauty."
Hiking Virginia - 4th Edition (Falcon Guides)
Bill and Mary Burnham
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"The dual peaks of Mount Marshall loom large over Shenandoah’s northern district. With summits above 3,000 feet and open rock cliff-tops, North and South Marshall offer inspired views west over the Shenandoah Valley as you trek along the Appalachian Trail. Their counterpoint is an equally inspired view eastward from the craggy boulders that punctuate aptly named The Peak, accessed via the Bluff Trail. This steep-sided mountain, crowned with billion-year-old granite, measures just under 3,000 feet in elevation. The rugged ascent—1,000 feet in just over 0.5 mile, on a trail no longer maintained by the park service—makes it one of Shenandoah’s lesser known, but more-demanding, climbs. This 16-mile hike links these peaks and the breathtaking gorge carved by Big Devil Stairs, capturing what makes Shenandoah National Park so popular: great views, waterfalls, and woodland trails."

Mount Marshall Road Trip Reports

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A nice loop hike, and really not to strenuous with 40lbs or so. Did about 8 miles the first day, and set up camp at a small clearing just as you enter the trail to Big Devils Stairs. Some folks like to leave their packs behind in this area and head down Big Devils Stairs trail in the evening or first thing in the morning, for a lightweight hike. If you do the Mt. Marshall loop in this direction then be sure to fill up on water at the Gravel Springs Shelter. You wont have another opportunity until you get to Mt. Marshall trail, which we did on the second day. Bluff trail and Mt. Marshall are pretty easy, but not many views, however very pretty in the fall with the red and gold canopy. Plenty of water along the Mt. Marshall trail. Day 2 starting from Big Devil stairs trail back to the parking lot, only took 3 hours with a 20 min stop for water.
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We did option 7a for this hike. Just over 5 miles in and out. It was a great hike, with the trail coming out in a rocky crevice with sheer cliffs and a beautiful view (Big Devils Stairs). It had about 0.5 miles of good uphill climbing on the way back out. Perfect for a 2-3 hour day hike.
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Well maintained trail with good variety of terrain. Many potential great views but few overlooks. Good hut at midpoint with established camping sites with bear poles and privy present and also good water source year-round. Would do again

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Trail Information

Shenandoah National Park
Nearby City
Shenandoah National Park
Moderate to Difficult
Skill Level
Views, Waterfalls
Shenandoah National Park, 3655 US 211 East, Luray (540) 999-3500
Local Contacts
DeLorme: Virginia Atlas & Gazetteer: Page 74, B3
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