Stony Man Trail is a 1.4 mile loop trail located near Luray, VA that features beautiful wild flowers. The trail is good for all skill levels and primarily used for hiking, walking, and birding.
Directions from Front Royal, VA: Skyline Drive travels the entire length of Shenandoah National Park. Mile markers are placed along the right-hand side of the road heading south. They are numbered from north to south beginning at the northern terminus in Front Royal, Virginia. Facilities, trails and park features use the mile markers as points of reference. Park in the Stony Man parking area located at mile 41.7. Trailhead is just inside the lot.
Loved that this was something to actually DO in Shenandoah after stopping at all the overlooks - I had looked this up before my road trip and while I don't remember the actual hike to be strenuous and more of a regular trail for the most part, the summit was gorgeous! Would do again for sure.
Loooooved this trail! Took my kids and we had a blast! Didn't spot any bears but a chipmunk.
Great hike for the family. It opens up to a beautiful view over the Shenandoah mountains. My small children 5 and under enjoy this hike.
Great views and quick hike!
Really easy, pleasant hike that delivers a great payoff at the top. Perfect family hike... just hang onto those kiddos at the top! Easy to complete inside of an hour.
Really great, easy trail for the whole family to do, leading to some gorgeous views. Did it on our first day in the park and was a great start to the trip!
this was a really nice trail, very easy. i was able to do entire thing with injured foot. payoff for view vs effort is so worth it.
This hike was awesome! Less than a mile to the top and the hike up is very moderate. The overlook has amazing views of the valley- one could spend a lot of time up there!
Great hike for three kids aged 10, 8, and 5. distance was just right and the uphill portions were not too strenuous.
Easy and quick trail up to Stony Man lookout/overlook. Trail was well worn and well maintained. Family friendly. Great view at Stony Man overlook.
The kids (7 and 9) really had a fantastic time on this trail, which begins from a parking lot near the North entrance to Skyland. When we visited, a huge number of inchworms had recently hatched at Skyland, and they were everywhere (green ones and black ones with grey / white stripes) - our younger daughter LOVED it. She carried one with her on the hike all the way up. We also used the kid's scavenger hunt book for the area, which we really enjoyed. The view from the top is fantastic, and there's room enough for the kids to - cautiously - climb around and enjoy the rocks without being near the edge. Hold on to your hat! It can get extremely windy up there. We also saw a black bear and two deer on the walk back down. Perfect!
An easy, quick trail with a great view at the top.
Easy hike with a nice view. I have taken people on this one a couple of times. Great to combine with Miller's Head Trail which is also at Skyland.
This was a lovely trail with a gorgeous view from the summit as a nice payoff. I'm not in the best shape, so there were parts that got me huffing and puffing a bit, but this trail would be great for most people. It's short and sweet.
Always a good walk with kids. The views are great from the overlook.
The trail is super short and pretty average. They've tried to spruce it up with an interpretive nature walk, but the show-stealer is the view at the end of it. Very crowded when we went (about ten people at the top, and it's not a large area) but the view was fantastic.