Marys Rock Trailhead is located in the Central District at mile 31.6 on Skyline Drive. Here you will find the beginning of the Marys Rock Summit hike and the Pass Mountain Loop hike.
Map with trail descriptions. PDF (1.07 MB)
Before You Go
Did You Know
Downloadable map with trail descriptions. PDF (1.07 MB)
Hike #1: Marys Rock Summit
Distance: 3.7-mile round trip
Duration: 2¾ hours
Elevation Gain: 1,210-feet
Take the short connector trail to the Appalachian Trail (A.T.) south. Look for double blazes, indicating a change in the trail;the A.T. will make some sharp turns. Continue to a trail post;go right to Marys Rock viewpoint. Return by retracing your steps, being careful at the trail post to go left, to take the A.T. north back to Panorama.
Hike #2: Pass Mountain Loop
Distance: 3.4-mile circuit
Duration: 2½ hours
Elevation Gain: 670-feet
Take the short connector trail to the Appalachian Trail (A.T.) north. Cross U.S. 211. Continue for another tenth of a mile to Skyline Drive;cross the Drive. Go right onto Pass Mountain Hut Road. Stay on the fire road to Pass Mountain Hut. To return, near Pass Mountain Hut, look for the blue-blazed Pass Mountain Trail leading back to the A.T. south. Take the A.T. south back to Panorama, first crossing Skyline Drive, then U.S. 211, to the starting point.
Did You Know?
The Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC), created in the early 1930s by President Franklin Roosevelt, helped ease the sting of the Great Depression. It put young men to work in public lands like Shenandoah National Park, and taught them skills like carpentry, landscaping, and masonry. CCC boys built the retaining walls along the Appalachian Trail south to Marys Rock. Those walls, like CCC work all over Shenandoah, endure as handsome reminders of the program that provided a depression-plagued nation with food, shelter, and trade skills.
Life Out of Death
On the Appalachian Trail north toward Pass Mountain, you will see lots of fallen trees, downed by storms, disease, or simply old age. Trail crews have removed the sections of downed trees blocking the trail, but have left the debris beside the trail on purpose. Trail maintenance in the Park works toward preservation and regeneration: dead trees will provide habitat and food for wildlife and will eventually return to the ground as rich soil from which living things can draw life
Before You Go!
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