Thing to Do

Marys Rock Summit

A man in a green shirt and backwards ball cap gazes out over a valley below from a mountain top.

Many legends surround the name of this hike, but there is no denying the beautiful westward views that it provides of the Shenandoah Valley and Massanutten Mountain.

Note that very limited closures are in effect in an effort to prevent further degradation of important outcrop ecosystems on Marys Rock.

Distance: 3.7-mile round trip hike
Difficulty: Moderate (hiking difficulty scale)
Hiking Time: 3 hours 30 minutes
Elevation Gain: 1,210 feet

Hike Description 

  1. From the trailhead located in the back of the Panorama parking area, take the short connector trail to the Appalachian Trail and go left (south).
  2. At the trailpost take a right to the viewpoint.
  3. Retrace your steps back to the parking area.


The average hiking duration does not take into consideration fitness, exploration, rest, contemplation, etc.


Pets must be on a leash no longer than 6 feet at all times.

An entrance fee is required to get into Shenandoah National Park

The trailhead for this hike is located at the back of the Panorama parking area.

Year Round
Accessibility Information

This trail does not meet ADA accessibility guidelines.

Shenandoah National Park

Map of area around Thornton Gap including notable roads and trails.
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Last updated: July 20, 2021