Here is the trail club's description:
September 11 Jewell Hollow to Marys Rock: Iva Gillet. 6.8 miles. Walk the AT north from Jewell Hollow to a short side trail to the magnificent view at Marys Rock. Directions: Route 29 north to Madison, then route 231 to Sperryville, route 211 to Thornton Gap, then about 5 miles south on Skyline Drive, parking on right.
Most folks seem to hike to Mary's Rock from the north, just off of U.S. 211. It is a much steeper hike this way, and made me think that this is the DC/NoVa equivalent of Charlottesville's favorite hike: Humpback Rocks. There was a big crowd on Mary's Rock, and it was always changing. But the view was worth braving the crowds.
On the way out and back we passed the Leading Ridge Trail. I am very anxious to try this hike sometime, as I am told it may be the steepest hike in this part of the state. That makes it worth trying!
|Lunching on the Rock.|