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Appalachian Trail: Stony Man Overlook to Thornton Gap

Treat yourself to far-reaching panoramas from Marys Rock—arguably some of the best views in Shenandoah National Park—before a steady descent to Thornton Gap on this 6.9 miler.

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To Trailhead

Start: From Main St. and Broad St. in Luray, VA, head north on Broad St. In .5 mile, bear right to merge onto US 211 E (toward Skyline/Washington, DC). In 8.8 miles, take the exit on the left to Skyline Dr. (keep left at the fork on exit ramp; follow signs for Big Meadows/Skyland/Skyline Dr S and merge onto Skyline Dr.). Go 7.4 miles and bear right at Stony Man Overlook. End: From Main St. and Broad St. in Luray, VA, head north on Broad St. In .5 mile, bear right to merge onto US 211 E (toward Skyline/Washington, DC). Go 8.7 miles to Thornton Gap parking.

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