Mary’s Rock

This run is a variation of the Buck Ridge — Buck Hollow Loop, with an extension up to Mary’s Rock. Mary’s Rock is the eighth highest peak in Shenandoah National Park, with panoramic views to the north and west.

  • 9 miles
Running time
  • 2–4 hours
Total ascent/descent
  • 2,600 feet
    290 feet/mile
View from Mary's Rock
Panoramic view of the Shenandoah Valley from Mary’s Rock.


From the parking area on Route 211 take the Buck Hollow Trail 0.2 miles to the intersection with the Buck Ridge Trail. Take a left onto the blue-blazed Buck Ridge Trail and begin the steep ascent. At the top of the ridge, make a right onto the yellow-blazed Hazel Mountain Trail (mile 3.0) and in 0.5 miles come to the Hazel Mountain parking area on Skyline Drive.

Cross Skyline Drive, and find the Meadow Spring Trail about 50 yards to the left. Climb the Meadow Spring Trail for 0.6 miles, passing the ruins of an old homestead, before meeting the intersection of the white blazed Appalachian Trail (AT). Turn right (north) on the AT following it for 0.8 miles before arriving at the junction of the Mary’s Rock Lookout Trail. Turn left uphill on the Mary’s Rock Lookout Trail for 0.1 miles and come to the Mary’s Rock vista.

To return, retrace your steps back along the AT and down the Meadow Spring Trail to the Hazel Mountain parking area on Skyline Drive. From there, take the blue-blazed Buck Hollow Trail back to your car.

Last updated January 31, 2021

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