December 8, 2023

Shenandoah Classics: Buck Hollow/Mary’s Rock (Day Hike, 9 Miles, Strenuous)

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Sunday, 09/10/2017

8:00 am - 8:00 pm

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SNP - Buck Hollow Trailhead

Mary’s Rock is a great view hike on the Appalachian Trail.  There are many theories on how the summit got its name, but my favorite one is that Francis Thornton’s daughter Mary climbed up to the rock and came back down carrying a bear cub under each arm.   Francis Thornton III owned a lot of land to the east of the Blue Ridge Mountains and Thornton Gap is named for him.

The Buck Hollow/Mary’s Rock loop in the SNP can be done as one large loop. The Buck Hollow/Buck Ridge main portion of the hike offers much more solitude than the section from Skyline Drive up to Mary’s Rock. However, both offer great scenery.  We will be taking the route as described on HikingUpward.

Optional stop for dinner on the way back if there is interest.

The Headmaster’s Pub – Located in the Sperryville Schoolhouse building, not far from Shenandoah National Park.

“First things first…we have an extensive beer selection, featuring choices from East Coast staples Devil’s Backbone, Flying Dog and Troegs breweries.”

The return time is approximate.  If you have plans that require you to be back in Richmond at a specific time, please communicate this prior to carpooling with someone, or consider choosing a different hike. 

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