THING TO DO

Hike Marys Rock

A view over a rocky mountaintop with snow and a clear sky.
Marys Rock on a winter day.

NPS Photo

Marys Rock is a popular, moderately difficult summit hike thats rises through the forest and ends at a rocky viewpoint looking down to the valley below. There are two routes from which you can ascend to the summit.

Hike Marys Rock from Panorama


Difficulty rating: Moderate
Distance: 3.7 mi/5.9 km
Elevation gain: 1210 ft/369 m
Trail features: Viewpoint and rocky summit.

Park at the Panorama parking area at mile 31.6 of Skyline Drive, just south of Thornton Gap Entrance Station. At the end of the parking area take the short connector trail to the Appalachian Trail and go left (south). At the next trailpost take a right to follow the trail to Marys Rock. Retrace your steps back to Panorama.

Hike Marys Rock from Meadow Spring

Difficulty rating: Moderate
Distance: 2.9 mi/4.6 km
Elevation gain: 830 ft/253 m
Trail features: Viewpoint and rocky summit.

From Meadow Spring parking area at mile 33.5 of Skyline Drive, cross the road to pick up the trail. Take the Meadow Spring Trail to its intersection with the Appalachian Trail. Go right (north) onto the A.T. and follow it to the next trailpost. Take a left following the direction to Marys Rock. Retrace your steps back to Meadow Spring.

Map: Thornton Gap Area

Details
Marys Rock has two approaches, both rated moderate, one from Panorama Parking Area that is 3.7 mi/5.9 km and another from Meadow Spring Parking Area that is 2.9 mi/4.6 km.

An average pace is:
1.5 mph for easiest trails.
1.4 mph for moderate trails.
1.3 mph for moderately strenuous trails.
1.2 mph for strenuous and very strenuous trails.
Pets must be on a leash no longer than 6 feet at all times. 
The park entrance fee is required.
Panorama is located at mile 31.6 of Skyline Drive, just south of Thornton Gap Entrance Station.
Meadow Spring is located at mile 33.5 of Skyline Drive with the trail leaving from across the road.
During busy weekends and the fall season parking at Meadow Spring can be difficult. 
Accessibility Information
Service animals are allowed on these trails.

Last updated: July 9, 2018