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Mary's Rock Summit Trail, Shenandoah National Park

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Mary's Rock, also known as Marys Rock, is a 3,514-foot tall mountain in Shenandoah National Park, Virginia, United States. The peak is just south of the Thornton Gap Entrance of the park, and north of the taller Pinnacle. Mary's Rock is the eighth highest peak in Shenandoah National Park.Hiking Mary's RockTwo trails lead to the summit of Mary's Rock. One which starts from the Panorama Visitor Center and the other which starts from the Meadow Spring Parking Area. The trail from Panorama is somewhat longer and steeper, and is generally considered more difficult. It follows the white-blazed Appalachian Trail. The other trail is shorter and somewhat less difficult. The summit of the rock offers views of the northern section of Shenandoah National Park and Page Valley.Legends of Mary's RockMary's Rock has its fair share of legends of how the rock was named. One story claims that Francis Thornton wed Mary Savage and brought her up the mountain to show her the lands they would own together. Another legend claims that Thornton had a daughter named Mary, who climbed up the mountain when she was young and came back with a bear cub under her arm. Yet another states that it was named after the wife of William Randolph Barbee.Marys Rock TunnelMarys Rock Tunnel is a 610ft long tunnel blasted through the mountain that Skyline Drive passes through. Constructed in 1932, it is considered one of the engineering feats of Skyline Drive.
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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 we got to Mary's Roc...  more »
  • 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 mount...  more »
  • 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-...  more »